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Rotarians get lesson on reflexology

Most of the body's ailments and discomforts can be eased by applying pressure to nerve endings in the feet, hands and ears.

That's according to Jacqueline Lyczewski, who has been awaiting a merger between Eastern and Western medical techniques since the early 80s.

Lyczewski, a local reflexologist, presented to Daybreak Rotarians Wednesday morning the basics of a reflexology session.

Reflexology is a complimentary therapy to help the body's own energy begin to heal itself. Foundations of reflexology can be found in healing systems that can be dated as far back as 12,000 BC. It has been practiced by Egyptians and Incas, along with Cherokee tribes, who still use this form of therapy in today's society.

Lyczewski was introduced to the holistic alternative healing technique in 2002 and shortly after, began schooling. She attended the International School of Reflexology and Meridian Therapy. The school is headquartered in South Africa, but Lyczewski attended school in Washington state for nearly eight months. Her learning hasn't stopped with her certification, however.

"I continue my education by attending seminars," she added.

In 2007 Lyczewski began working with clients in her home and making house calls, until she found a home at "Healing Soles," located at 508 Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside.

In short, reflexology is a technique applying pressure to nerve endings that in turn, sends a "message" through the body's nervous system to heal itself.

Lyczewski said, "I'm not a doctor."

She doesn't give prescriptions or medical advice, but she does recommend her clients to closely watch conditions they may have, and consult with a medical physician if conditions change.

"If there are extreme cases, I will refer my clients (to doctors)," she added.

The average cost for a therapy session ranges from $65 to $150 statewide, according to Lyczewski. But at Healing Soles, a one-hour session costs $30, with an introductory two-hour session, including paperwork, priced at $35.

For more information on reflexology visit: www.researchreflexology.com, or contact Lyczewski at (509) 840-2599.

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