After almost a year of saying I was going to do it, I finally went to Fuwa Foot Massage in Tucson (more precisely the Marana Branch)*. Before I delve further into my review, let me give you some background information.
*This branch is located at 8245 N Silverbell Rd. , next to the fire station on Silverbell and Wade in the Continental Ranch area.
My First Taste of a Full Reflexology Massage
While I have a friend who does foot reflexology, I had never gone to a place dedicated to such massages. I was in for a treat!
My best-friend’s birthday is in September (the twenty-first to be precise) and last year we decided to have a girl get away. First time in years we would get some girl time without husbands and/or kids.
Thanks to Southwest Airlines, I was able to get a really cheap fare to San Diego (where my bestie lives). A hotel by the ocean and some uninterrupted chat time equal good medicine for the soul.
Our stay was filled with food, fun times and a lot of laughter.
The Last Day
Since we had to vacate our hotel early on my last day, and my return flight was not until late afternoon, we pondered what we could do to pass the time (not that we wanted it to go by fast).
We decided to try a foot reflexology place called Happy Head.
Despite the funny name, this place was beyond my expectations.
The decor was inviting, dark, and quiet, with some soothing music. The message was A-MA-ZING. One of the best ever and all that for $35 plus a tip!!!!! Wow! We were hooked.
This was beyond awesome. We definitely agreed we wanted to go back every time I visit.
Back at Home
Once back on Arizonan soil, I wondered if Tucson was graced which such a place.
A Google search gave me a few choices, including one rather close to me, Fuwa Foot Massage. After humming and ha’ing for almost a year, on a spur of the moment, I took myself to Fuwa.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The staff was very accommodating and friendly since I showed up without an appointment. Then again, I was the only one there.
The place was clean albeit sparsely decorated.
They do not have an active website which makes it hard to find the proper information.
Upon my arrival, there were three staff members in the entryway: one male and two females (not that it matters). The gentleman took me to the back of the room where the tables are located and he is the one who performed the massage.
The “ladies” were speaking in soft tones in the background. Since they were speaking in their native tongue and I could not understand it, I mistakenly thought that their conversation would blend into the background. This theory worked well for about fifteen minutes (or less). It is very hard to fully relax when there is a non-stop conversation going on whether you understand it or not.
The room is pretty bright and I did not find that very soothing. I would suggest some drapes or some blackout blinds.
The massage table had a bar going across it which dug into my lower back. I kept thinking my aching back was due to my position. When I flipped over, my back was sore. Upon the completion of my massage, I felt the table just to make sure it was not my imagination. It was not.
By far the most difficult for me was the fact that if there were two other unoccupied employees in the front why the person taking care of me felt the need to answer the phone not only once but twice?
Blessedly, the first call was short since the person hung up. The second was longer since the person (a male) made an appointment, a conversation was privy to totality. Awkward and unprofessional in my opinion.
While I do not expect the staff to ignore other customers on my account, I don’t think it is asking too much to expect unoccupied personnel to handle such matters.
Overall, for me personally, the “relaxation” mood was totally broken by the too-bright lighting, the bar in my back, the constant talking and my therapist answering the phone.
While I do not relish being negative and I do want to give everyone a fair chance, I don’t think I will go back to Fuwa.
At first, I thought I should give it one more try in order to give a just opinion. However, as I was writing this blog post, I decided my experience at Fuwa Foot Massage was not even worth 35 bucks plus tip. There are other branches around Tucson and maybe I will try one of those.
This experience was a total opposite to my experience at Happy Head.