Healing Arts Find Home On Main Street

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As you might expect of a place called Garden of Eden, women are predominant at this new Main Street business which incorporates reflexology, acupressure, massage, aromatherapy and more.

Gladys Moreno, owner of Garden of Eden Reflexology and Skin Care, is quick to point out that Adam is on the premises -- in the person of a live fish.

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Garden of Eden owner Gladys Moreno shows new Main Street Project Manager Carol McCauley one of the salves she makes.

"I'm going to try to get an Eve sometime," Moreno said.

The front part of her shop is full of a wide variety of remedies and cures.

"Everything is related," Moreno said. "We have all your essential oils. Some are very inexpensive and some expensive, ranging from $4.95 to $50. Then we have carrier oils, which is your regular almond, grape seed, all the diluted oils.

Moreno even has her own skin care line. "Basically it's a lot of balms and salves, and they're all herbal because I studied herbology. They're all organic, everything natural. They're for everything from aches and pains to having an emollient for your skin."

Garden of Eden also carries handmade herbal soaps, a selection of teas, books, incense, natural perfumes, jewelry and much more.

A tour of the rest of the business, which opened Nov. 7 at 501 W. Main Street, Suite C, reveals areas for corporate chair massage, full body massage, hot stone therapy and reflexology,

"We do pretty much all your modalities," Moreno said.

Reflexology, which involves the "gentle manipulation of body parts such as the feet, hands, ears and face to stimulate the body's own healing and balancing process," is Moreno's specialty.

"We have about 14,000 nerve endings in our feet -- half and half -- and all those nerve endings correlate to organs in your body or systems in your body," Moreno said. "Therefore you stimulate those organs."

Best of all, according to Moreno, it really works.

"I used to have epilepsy," she said, "and I am totally free from seizures and I attribute that to reflexology and also aromotherapy -- the essential oils are so healing.

"You rub them on your body and you can even do some synergies or mixtures, which are blends of oils," she said.

Moreno, who is from Mexico, moved to the U.S. when she was a young teenager. With an American father and Mexican mother, she spent a lot of time in both countries.

After reflexology worked on her, Moreno says she was hooked. Today she has more than 1,000 hours of training at Integrated Health Studies Institute in New York and Southwest Institute for the Healing Arts.

"It really is a holistic health approach -- approaching it from the emotional side of you but also from the physical. We don't want to divide the body, because we're one."

Moreno moved to Payson two years ago, when her husband became manager of the emergency room at Payson Regional Medical Center.

"I worked from home for a year-and-a-half so when I moved into this building I was ready. I already had a clientele.

Moreno chose Main Street for a reason.

"I really want Main Street to get full with businesses," she said. "I think it will bring more revenue into the town. I think the Beeline is a quick pass-by without adequate parking. We need to get back to our little town."

Moreno calls it "our little town" for a reason.

"I know I'm a newcomer in town, but I feel at home here," she said.

Garden of Eden Reflexology and Skin Care is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Thursday and Sunday. For more information, call Moreno at (928) 474-3220.

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