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October 18, 2017

Hogushi, Tokyo…I’ve had better massages

Filed under: Activities, Japan, Massage, traditional, wellness — Tags: , , , — PEr @ 1:27 pm

It’s no secret that Singaporeans are stressed, but when it comes to unwinding, we’re pretty competitive about that too—that’s where shiatsu massage in Tokyo come in.

Hogushi was recommended by the hotel concierge as a traditional shiatsu joint offering services with modest price tags. Privacy is precarious here, and the curtain separating the beds mean the moans and groans you hear may not be your own. Maybe it’s my high expectations but it was nothing special and nothing horrible. No matter how strong he was, the didn’t have the right technique no pressed the right spots. I left feeling like no work had been done on me.

If you want a real good deep massage, this place is not for you. I’ve had better massages. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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January 28, 2017

Asiamedic Wellness Assessment Centre, Singapore….I was easily seduced by a bargain

Like many over-fifties – and many who are much younger – I endlessly and pointlessly worry about my health. I was intrigued, as any middle-aged hypochondriac would be. Had my misspent youth left irreparable damage?

For many, the aim of the assessment is to reveal any potential hidden health problems, so that they may be treated before an illness develops. Though I don’t smoke and I eat pretty well (aside from too many snacks). I am also quite unable to resist a bargain. So I was easily seduced by the offer from Asiamedic Wellness Assessment Centre.

Slightly spartan compared with some of the other clinics, this ‘holistic’ health screen included a consultation with a nutritionist as well as Prostrate Ultrasound, urea breath test and Treadmill ECG, tumor marker tests and ultrasound liver, and a consultation with the doctor. I was told to fast from 10pm the night before as I would be having blood tests. On arrival in the morning, I was given a packaging kit to provide stool samples for later analysis, slightly off-putting but no doubt vital. Then I was taken by a nurse into a pristine medical room where she tested my eyes, ears, blood, weight and height.  It was relaxing and non-threatening. For two hours I undergo a barrage of screenings.

I left each feeling reassured and empowered – and a bit smug. It was enough for a boy to want to go to the pub and order a celebratory bottle of Savignon Blanc or three. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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