Elemental Reflexology™


“Tend To The Feet,  You Tend To The Body”


Elemental Reflexology™ , integrates the ancient art of Ayurvedic reflexology with the modern energetic principles of Polarity.

1.      Based on the concept of the interrelationship of the five elements: ether, air, fire, water and earth.

2.      What sets Elemental Reflexology™ apart is its foundation in the assessment and balancing of these five elements.

Presenting the theory of polarity in Elemental Reflexology™ provides for a unique energetic framework for understanding and working with the reflex points on the feet;

1.      giving the practitioner information for applying elemental assessment,

2.      the means to practice confidently using an integrated, energetic approach.

A New Course Emerges

  • After years of studying Ayurvedic Healthcare, and Ayurvedic Reflexology, a pilot program for Elemental Reflexology™  was developed by Mary Jo Ruggieri PhD. and Judy Tancinco RPP.
  • Taking energy theories and principles of Polarity Therapy and create a complete program of reflexology on the feet based upon the 5 elements.
  • Elemental Reflexology class is a registered certificate course with the State of Ohio Board of Career Colleges and Schools.

Science of Reflexology 


The feet are the negative, water pole, opposite to the fiery, head pole. …

The whole body is represented in the feet, the water energy, which goes deep and seeks out the foundation of things.”

Reference by:  Dr. Randolph Stone


Mary Jo Ruggieri PhD. RPP
Holistic Health Consultant

Healthy Tidbits


Wheat Grass “The Complete Food”


What is Wheat Grass?

  • Wheatgrass is one of the richest natural resources of vitamins A,C,E and K, the complete B-complex, and Beta-Carotene.
  • Wheatgrass is the richest source of Chlorophyll, which is the ‘blood’ of plants, with a molecular structure that is almost identical to the hemoglobin molecule of human blood.
  • Wheatgrass provides the body with the protein building blocks (amino acids) without having to use up energy in breaking the proteins ingested down into the building blocks.

What will it do for you?

  1. Drinking Wheatgrass and other green sprouted juices helps your body to build red blood cells which carry oxygen to every cell.
  2. Chlorophyll helps wash drug deposits from the body, purifies the blood and organs, and counteracts toxins.
  3. Wheatgrass helps remove toxic heavy metals (lead, mercury, aluminum) that have become stored in the tissues.
  4. Wheat grass juice helps to increase the enzyme level in our cells, which aids in the rejuvenation of the body.

Adding wheatgrass to your life will be an asset to your health!  Remember it is not about the Food in your Life —- It is about the Life in your Food!!

Six Guiding Principles of Holistic Health

  1. First and Foremost, Do NO HARM.
  2. Always work an “Integrated Approach”.  It is not an “Either-OR” Do not just treat symptoms.
  3. Use as the major focus and the basis of the scope of practice, the Healing Power of Energy Balancing works. Balance Heals.
  4. Work with the whole person-not just the parts of a person. Mind/Body/Spirit.
  5. Always take Steps to focus on Prevention.
  6. Educate people in self-help healthcare. Empower people to Take Care and Take Charge. 



 FYI  . . Great Links  


Holistic healthcare is here to stay.


Check out what some businesses are doing to offer Complementary Healthcare to their employees.  http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/news_article.aspx?storyid=109960&catid=45

Polarity News from American Polarity Therapy Association

Weekly news from the Health Freedom Coalition.

Columbus Alive explores a commitment to health and how Polarity can help.

Holistic Health Research


Health Survey reveals Increase in use of CAM


The 2007 Health Interview Survey reveals significant increases in the use of mind-body therapies since 2002.  

  • For the first time, the survey also looks at complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in children. 
  • “Among its major findings are that about 38 percent of adult Americans and about 12 percent of American children aged 17 and under are using CAM.”  

For more details from the survey https://nccih.nih.gov/sites/nccam.nih.gov/files/camuse.pdf

Contributed by:
Heidi Beke-Harrigan MLS, APP    hbharrigan@malone.edu   or  irharp1140@yahoo.com

Herbal of the Month


Elderberry  (Latin name”Sambuccus)

We all know this bushy plant from its famous byproduct, Elderberry Wine!
Elderberrty bark, leaves, flowers and berries have many other uses?

Here are some:

Leaves, Berries and Flowers:
Strong antioxidant due to their high Vitamin C content and other Flavonoids.  Valuable antiviral, both internally and externally:

  • Externally:  leaf tea  or ointment applied to the skin soothes and heals wounds, and different eruptions, including herpes conditions.
  • Internally:  as an extract, leaves, flowers and berries are excellent for
    Viral Bronchitis,  and Herpes Simplex.  Very safe and effective for children’s fevers caused by colds, flus, measles, chicken pox.  A touch of Peppermint added to the tea makes it especially easy to use with children.  Good also for adult coughing condition.
    It is an immunostimulant, i.e. it assists the system in strengthening the immune system, thus preventing disease.

Good diuretic and purgative. (relieves constipation).

All of the above, make Elderberry an important addition to our First Aid Kit, useful for all colds, flues, fevers, and also to help us weather change of seasons conditions.

Thankfully, it seems to have no known contraindications if used in a manner suggested by your herbalist.  Please seek the advice of your health practitioner and herbalist before handling and using any herbs, including safe ones like Elderberry!
Written by:
Charoula Dontopoulos, RPP , Herbalist

The information in this email is for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat illness or prescribe any type of medication or treatment.  For medical needs, we recommend consulting your Medical Doctor, Dietitian or Mental Health Practitioner.