Food Choices, Alternative Techniques Foster Healing

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Holistic health practitioner Rosemary Alden offers a comprehensive approach to wellness that incorporates mental, physical and energetic healing.

Alden, 65, focuses on steering senior citizens on the path to health. However, the holistic practices of nutrition, reflexology and Jin Shin Jyutsu, in which she is certified, are useful for any age as a complement to traditional medicine.

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Holistic health practitioner Rosemary Alden shows seniors certain points to press on their feet, during a reflexology presentation at Payson's Senior Circle.

"I think people need to pay attention to traditional medicine as well as holistic," said Alden, who began exploring alternative medicine 20 years ago.

"I have experienced such gratification from holistic health in my own health care. I seem to be healthier than most people my age and I want to share (my knowledge) with them."

A simple way to be healthier is to eat whole, organic foods.

"When you start to talk about changing diets, many people are resistant, especially when they get older," Alden said. "Some people worry about cost, but I save so much on my medical bills, because I spend money on whole, organic foods."

Emotions and advertisements from the food industry also play a role in selecting food, Alden said.

"Many people keep themselves emotionally satisfied through food choices," Alden said. "It takes courage and self-discipline to choose foods that are going to keep me healthy."

Choosing healthy foods also benefits the environment, said Alden, who moved from the Valley three months ago to escape its pollution.

"Often, what we do for ourselves is good for the environment," Alden said. "If I eat organic foods versus processed, farmers are more careful about the environment."

Another important component of overall well-being is thoughts, Alden said.

"As we think, so our health goes," Alden said. "If we are full of worry, anxiety, resentment and fear, our body tenses and tightens, and often, we don't feel well. If we choose thoughts of gratitude, peace and blessing, then our bodies can be healthier."

Energy blocks, or places through which the body's life energy, or chi, is not flowing properly, can also lead to physical discomfort, said Alden, a graduate of the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.

Jin Shin Jyutsu, which Alden has been practicing for six years, encourages healing by targeting points along the body's energetic pathways.

"It operates on some of the acupuncture points in combination," said Alden, simultaneously pressing a point behind the right shoulder blade and another near the elbow.

"It harmonizes the pulses by working with the energy to bring it into balance."

Reflexology also operates on the body's energetic pathways. Alden said she applies pressure to specific spots, or "zones of energy," on the foot that correspond to other areas of the body. For instance, squeezing the tips of the toes works to relieve sinus congestion.

"Reflexology reduces stress and allows the body to heal itself, improving circulation through the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells," Alden said. "I picture chi coming from my heart."

ALDEN'S SERVICES

Alden offers a 10 percent discount to senior citizens, charging $40.50 for an hour-long session of reflexology, holistic nutrition or Jin Shin Jyutsu, in the convenience of your home. Services cost $45 regularly. Call (928) 474-4939 to schedule an appointment.

Reflexology: Used in ancient Egypt, this practice involves treating specific areas of the body by touching corresponding points on the feet.

When: 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 24. 15-minute reflexology sessions continue the second and fourth Tuesdays monthly.

Where: Payson Regional Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway

Cost: Free

Contact: (928) 472-9290

Holistic Nutrition: Topics include whole food education, beating sugar cravings, mindful eating, detoxification, supporting the immune system and many more.

Jin Shin Jyutsu: An ancient Japanese technique that balances the body's energy by applying pressure to specific points along energetic pathways.

When: 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23

Where: Payson Regional Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway

Cost: Free 15-minute presentation

Contact: (928) 472-9290

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