I have had people describe my work as "it hurts good". But I never took reflexology to the level that this brave soul took it. Perhaps the fact that that he never experienced the true effects of reflexology is that he indulge in "spa reflexology" which tends to be more like a foot massage.
"You see, reflexology, at least based on my experience in high-end spas in the West, is a wee bit of pampering -- a nice, pleasant little foot rub administered with tender love and care to aching feet on special occasions. It’s supposed to be a treat. Not that folks who practice reflexology in the West don’t believe in its ancient healing effects; they just don’t torture you in the process. (Might have something to do with wanting repeat business.)"
Hurts so good: Global adventures in Asian reflexology By Kevin Raub, American Way Magazine, ISSUE: April 15, 2008