I would have wanted to join my friends on a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Manaoag, but I was afraid the four-hour trip would aggravate my hypertension. Besides, I had a scheduled visit from a reflexologist who claimed to have healed so many with his healing touch. I figured the massage would be relaxing (yeah, I know and he knew that he had to be careful about putting pressure on the nape area).
So let's talk about the reflexology experience first. What can I say, I wish I had the same level of faith as this particular reflexologist. He kept chattering on and on about the wonders of reflexology - about how most diseases can be healed simply by applying pressures on specific points of the body, etc. etc. I was warned by the friend that recommended this particular reflexologist that this guy fancied himself a real healer. I really don't have problems with that, ordinarily. I know most of it is self-fulfilling prophecy. But he showed up in an all-white get up, of the fabric typically used to dress up saints. He also offered to do some feng shui in my house as well as some cleansing session - using smoke and all that, which I promptly but politely declined. So am still trying to process the whole thing and I'm still deciding on whether there is going to be a second session or not.
Anyway. I think it's really the heat that's causing my hypertension problem. The last time this happened was three years ago, also around the same time, the onset of the summer season. It's also aggravated by high levels of stress, mostly from teaching.