At the Hospital Induction Briefing, around week 34 of pregnancy, every patient is given a ticket to redeem a free foot reflexology massage in the Foot care puchi salon（フットケアプチサロン） on the ground floor. The reflexology room is located beside the cafe, toward the back of the hospital. It is a cosy little room with pleasant aromatherapy scents and beautiful relaxation music. The staff varies from day to day.
I was lucky to get a very friendly, yet professional and very skilled reflexologist. She used oils during the massage too, which added to the sensory satiation. When you first sit down she wraps the feet in a hot towel. I never knew something so simple, could bring such pleasure, it felt amazing! She spent just under 15 minutes on each leg, working her magic on the lower leg and feet. She concentrated most of her time on the latter. At the end of the session you receive a complementary caffeine-free hot tea.
I hadn’t told the lady that I have been suffering from reflux, because I didn’t realise that reflexology is known to reduce heartburn and reflux. However, I realised last night (and confirmed it on Google this morning!) that the reflexology has relieved me of my reflux. I also fell asleep easier last night, than I have been for the last few weeks. I will definitely consider booking another reflexology massage before going into labour. For anyone attending Keiai, please note that you cannot redeem the free session after the baby is born, it has to be while you are still pregnant.
After the reflexology I went for my weekly check up. As I am 38 weeks, that involved a NST (non stress test). Another lovely 30 minutes spent in a reclining leather comfy chair. :-) My Doctor was delivering a baby and I was told I might have to wait a while to see him so I went to the cafe after the NST and used a free ticket I had for a drink and donut. That ticket was actually thanks to the paediatric section of the hospital. If you get your child vaccinated at keiai you receive a ticket for a free drink and donut; or if the donuts are sold out, something of similar value. Before I knew it I was called into see the Doctor and afterward promptly called to the payment counter. (This visit’s cost, like most of the proceeding visits, was covered by a book of coupons you receive from the Government.) I left feeling so relaxed and refreshed.