Sunday, June 19, 2005

Swiss Priest Captures Soles in Taiwan

A friend of mine alerted me to this priest who re-introduced the art of foot massage to Taiwan.

Dubbed "Taiwan's Father of Foot Massage", Father Josef is credited by many practitioners for reinvigorating the ancient health-care method, somewhat serendipitously, in his small parish in eastern Taiwan.

Now 65, Father Josef came to the island some 30 years ago as a missionary from Berneck, Switzerland and was stationed in a small town called Changbin in Taitung county.

He suffered from arthritis in his knees which western medicine had failed to help, so a fellow Swiss monk tried foot reflexology on him and suggested he read a book about it written by Swiss nurse Hedi Masafret.

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