A Fordwich area woman recently returned from her third trip to the Dominican Republic, -where she uses her skills as a reflexology therapist to benefit care-givers at an orphanage.
Gina Stewart, a Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist, has been working in reflexology for the past 11 years. In March 2011, she returned to the Dominican for her third volunteer trip through Friends of the Orphans Canada. During the trips (her first two were in 2009 and 2010), she provides stress reduction treatments to caregivers at the orphanage.
“These women leave their own families and work long shifts to take care of the orphans. Stress knows no boundaries, and needless to say, these caregivers appreciate and deserve the hour of respite,” states Stewart.
A therapy that dates back to Egyptian times, reflexology adopts a holistic approach and “encourages the body’s self healing properties,” explains Stewart. Reflexology involves working pressure points on the feet and is followed by a soothing foot massage, she adds. Relaxation and stress relief is the key.
“Anything that one can do to reduce their stress levels can have a very positive impact on their overall long-term health,” she said.
Her work in the Dominican has provided the opportunity to bring relaxation, revelation and friendship to the care-givers there. On her trips, she also looks forward to spending time with a nine-year-old Dominican girl she sponsors.
Stewart is organizing a holistic health fair at the Listowel Agricultural Hall on May 1 to raise funds in support of the orphanage and to cover travel costs for the two-week volunteer trip. For more information go to www.reflex-ions.com.
Friends of the Orphans support a network of nine Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) homes and their outreach programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.