If there is one thing we have gained during this time of self-isolation and social distancing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the opportunity to rethink our life choices – including those surrounding our health and well-being.
Holistic health expert Christine Roy, owner and practitioner of Healing Holistics and Spa, has been working in the field for over 17 years.
The certified reflexologist, nutritionist, aesthetician, and iridologist, works remotely with clients at the current moment, but revealed some insights on how to stay healthy during the pandemic.
“The same rules apply now that do outside of this pandemic – namely diet and exercise,” says Roy. “And if there is a chance to get outside – the sun and fresh air can really help. We are so lucky to live in Northern Ontario where we have access to space.”
In contrast to southern Ontario’s crowded cities, where backyard space is lacking, Roy recommends even puttering in your backyard. “Of course, there are many places to walk – but during this health crisis, you want to avoid high traffic areas.”
Unlike many nutritionists, however, Roy specializes in analyzing people through the science of iridology (looking at the eyes).
“Iridology is a full body scan and is literally a window into your whole body health,” says Roy, who recommends her clients always begin with this type of exam. “A human eye is similar to a fingerprint and each person’s is unique. With this information, I can customize a health care plan for you – by determining what’s going on in every organ of your body.”
From inflammation to toxic areas to poor nutritional absorption, Roy is able to chart a nutritional plan (with supplements) to help prevent disease before it arises in the body.
“After taking extensive pictures, we look at them together,” says Roy. “This is not to replace a doctor’s evaluation. I often work in conjunction with doctors to provide a supportive, alternative health plan.”
Roy insists that iridology has existed for 130 years; however, some researchers question its results as unscientific.
“What I can tell you is I have only had satisfied clients,” said Roy. “There are a lot of people out there who aren’t content to just use Western medicine.”
She says that there has been a huge response to the reflexology service in Sault Ste. Marie.
“It’s really popular,” she said. “Whether it’s a therapeutic foot or hand massage, it’s not only a relaxation therapy – but it helps to increase circulation, reduces pain and inflammation throughout the body and boosts immunity.”
“Even though you might be just soaking your feet, your whole body will feel improvements – it can purge heavy metals from the body, reduce pain and swelling, and decrease sinus congestion as well.”