NSU’s College of Pharmacy (COP) officially opened the university’s first Reflexology Pathway at the NSU Medicinal Healing Garden on Apr. 10. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held with special guests including NSU President George Hanbury II, Ph.D and COP Dean Andrés Malavé. The garden and pathway was designed and managed by the COP, largely due to the efforts of COP Assistant Dean for Continuing Education Carsten Evans, Ph.D. The garden and pathway are located between the Parker Building and the Alvin Sherman Library.
The NSU Medicinal Healing Garden will play a central role in the education of the public, students, and the health care professionals in the community. Integrative medicine students study and cultivate a variety of medicinal plants. Many of these plants will be harvested at their seasonal peak for creating medicinal tinctures and salves. Nutrition classes will use the cultivated culinary herbs and organic vegetables in their studies. The garden was designed and is managed by the COP, using pharmacy faculty and students to provide tour guides of the garden.
In the center of the garden is the reflexology path. Based on wisdom from ancient Egypt, India, and China, walking barefoot on a reflexology path massages and stimulates acupressure points in the soles of the feet connected to various energy meridians of the body. The pressure of stones under the feet combines with gravity to provide a therapeutic exercise that stimulates health wellness. NSU’s 66-foot long path features special, smooth river rock artistically embedded in cement. A handrail will provide stability and improve accessibility, particularly for older walkers. The uniqueness of the NSU University reflexology path will draw significant interest from local and national media as well as visitors.