I am the biggest skeptic and a consummate researcher…which is why it can take me a LONG time before I “buy into” something. So…no surprise that it took me years after experiencing my first foot spa treatment before I bought my own unit. Ionic foot baths help the body to release various toxins via the sweat glands located at the bottom of the feet and improve the body’s natural ability to excrete toxic substances via the liver and kidneys.
There are many units out there…buyer BEWARE! (this is one of those instances where you do NOT want to buy on Amazon) The only two spa brands I would personally consider are (AMD and PES) both of which are used at the Sophia Institute (Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt’s) treatment center in Seattle. I own the PES System which consists of a patented electronic array composed of two polarized electrodes (a positive and a negative charged coil). When the array is placed in warm, salted water, it creates an electromagnetic current which draws the oppositely charged ions through the pores of the sweat glands in the feet (there are 2000+ sweat glands in each foot—more than anywhere else in the body) into the water.
I typically think if it sounds too good to be true it likely is. So I was surprised and intrigued when I learned that Dr. Klinghardt had replaced all of his former methods of detoxing, including IV glutathione, with the foot spa AND went so far as to spend his own money to write a white paper on the effectiveness of it in detoxing heavy metals. Interestingly, the majority of the detoxification happens internally (up to 3 days POST foot spa). When urine is tested for days after a foot bath session, large increases in heavy metals are found.
Here is one study of heavy metal excretion in the urine, as seen days following only 1 foot spa treatment session
Everyone responds differently to a session. Differences in diet, lifestyle, exercise, genetics and stress can all affect the outcome of a session. The body will release in order of perceived importance. For ex. if a person is dealing with ongoing un-managed stress, This chronic level of stress can create an acidic system. IF this person had heavy metal toxicity as well, the first release may be the release of excess acid while heavy metals would not necessarily be released until subsequent sessions. That is why, as with any healing modality, you can’t just do one session and expect your problems to be resolved.
I have personally witnessed changes in mood (depressed and lethargic to positive and perky), changes in balance (couldn’t walk a straight line before the foot spa, no problem after), pH improvements from acidity to alkalinity with one treatment, and a client who only used the foot spa to detox heavy metals go from toxic to normal over a 6 month course.
I love that the foot spa doesn’t tax the body’s detox systems and instead puts a person into a parasympathetic state where true healing can occur. I also love that the foot spa meets my criteria of “above all do no harm” and in fact…does a lot of good!
Interested in checking it out? Call (805) 305-0774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a session.