I am really excited to visit this healing path. It’s been open for a while, but I haven’t had the opportunity to go yet,now that summer is upon us, it’s the perfect time to go take a healing walk and see if it helps my stress level. Something tells me that my stress isn’t going to go away until the end of wedding season and an improvement in the economic conditions. 🙂 Although I am always the eternal optimist,  so I’ll keep you posted on my walk down the healing path, and whether it helps!

Here is the press release from Bastyr:

First Public healing path in the US comes to Bastyr:

Walk your way to better health on new reflexology path; a gift to the community from a 97 year old donor

Bastyr University is the home of the first public traditional reflexology healing path in the United States. A common sight in parks and open spaces throughout China and Asia, these paths lure all ages to kick off their shoes and walk gingerly across stones to improve health through the soles of their feet. Meanwhile, Washington Governor Gary Locke has proclaimed September 19-25 Reflexology Awareness Week.

Based on ancient Asian wisdom, walking barefoot on a reflexology path massages and stimulates trigger points connected to various meridians of the body. The pressure of stones on the feet combined with gravity provides a therapeutic exercise to stimulate well being and health. Reported benefits of reflexology include improved digestion, stamina and energy plus enhanced immunity. By stimulating over 7,000 nerve endings in each foot, it is believed to positively affect corresponding body systems.

True to its Northwest home, Bastyr’s path is specially constructed from local river rock that is placed in cement according to reflexology guidelines. With the inspiration and guidance of certified reflexology experts, student and volunteer work parties created, installed and landscaped the new path. A special feature is the circular emblem which pays homage to the five Chinese elements: Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire. The path will be used as a practical lab for reflexology coursework in Bastyr University’s natural medicine program, providing the first such educational facility in the United States.

A long-time friend and supporter of Bastyr, Helen Higgen made construction possible with her generous gift dedicated for path construction and landscaping. Thriving at 97, Mrs. Higgen has been an advocate of natural medicine for many decades. She previously owned four health food stores, and still shares her passion and energy to help others find and enjoy health alternatives. She says “I want to help as many people as I can before I leave this world.”

The winding 64’ path is located directly behind the campus in Bastyr’s Medicinal Herb Garden. Free and open to the public, all are invited to experience this distinctive garden feature. First-time users may experience some initial soreness as their feet become accustomed to the rough textures and rock shapes. For further information please call Teri Thomas at (425) 602-3107.

ABOUT BASTYR UNIVERSITY
Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington is an accredited institution, internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural health arts and sciences education. Founded in 1978 as the John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine, the University integrates the pursuit of scientific knowledge with the wisdom of ancient healing methods and traditional cultures from around the world. Today, Bastyr University is the largest university for natural health arts and sciences in the United States, combining a multidisciplinary curriculum with leading edge research and clinical training.

The University offers bachelor of science degrees in exercise science and wellness, health psychology, herbal sciences and nutrition. Graduate programs include naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, nutrition and clinical health psychology, and applied behavioral science. Student clinical training takes place at Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle’s Fremont/Wallingford neighborhood and at many external sites throughout the region. For additional information about Bastyr University and its teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health, visit www.bastyr.edu or www.bastyrcenter.org

Additional reading on the subject:

http://www.universalreflex.com/article.php?story=20040924141132649

http://www.bastyr.edu/development/newsletter/spring05.asp?jump=7

http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthServices/health/chronic/getactive/activities/reflexology.aspx

http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/body_and_soul/article4632704.ece

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