(The Triangle Trend) — Located on Rogers Road in Wake Forest, Metanoia Spa is offering a holistic, foot-focused service that’s virtually unheard of in most treatment centers: an ionic detox foot bath. But wait, why would our feet need anything more than a good old foot soak? Well, did you know that your feet have around 2000 sweat glands and 4000 pores? And that Ayurvedic cultures have utilized purifying footbaths for over hundreds of years? In reality, for many, many years the Romans of olden times employed this therapeutic technique in combination with public baths to pull pollutants out of the body through the processes of osmosis and diffusion.
While the application of ionization in a detox foot bath is novel, the approach is based on ancient and well-respected procedures that work well enough to still be used today.
According to Danelle Aliseo, a certified holistic nurse practitioner and writer for Rahav Wellness, the process of an ionic detox foot bath is quite simple. It starts by filling a tub with warm water. Salt is added to the warm water to improve conductivity. Then an array is placed in the tub to produce a gentle electrical current.
This direct current breaks the water into positively charged hydrogen ions and oxygen gas, or negatively charged hydroxide ions and hydrogen gas, depending on the settings chosen.
When the machine is turned on, the patient might notice a slight tingling sensation in the feet. That’s because our bodies are filled with water and electrolytes, and they allow the current to travel through the body. This current causes the tingling sensation as it works like a catalyst to boost the body’s own natural detoxifying abilities.
By the end of a 30-minute session, the water changes color. The color change is caused by the oxidation of the metal plates in the array and the ions reacting with solutes in the water.
An ionic foot detox is more effective than other foot detox modalities because the electrical current actually travels throughout the body and stimulates lasting detoxification effects. Other modalities offer similar relaxation benefits, but the effects don’t last, and they can only remove toxins close to the surface of the skin.
Although there isn’t much scientifically-backed research into the process, the primary benefit of an ionic detox foot bath is said to be that it enhances the body’s own natural detoxification abilities. This allows the body to remove heavy metals and other toxic elements from the body more efficiently.
Assisting the body’s natural detoxification process can result in:
- A reduction of swelling in the feet and ankles
- A stronger immune system
- Enhanced lymphatic drainage
- Better skin health
- Improved circulation
- Increased energy, focus, and mood
- A reduction in stress and an overall feeling of relaxation
At Metanoia Spa, you can get yourself one ionic detox foot bath session for $42.50 at full price, or $15.94 when they run their 62% off Groupon deal.
Regarding her experience, past guest Trish shared ”I enjoyed my first experience receiving a foot detox. It was very relaxing and informative. Everyone should at least try it, if you have never experienced it. I researched and listened to the pros and cons. But like anything else you must try things for yourself. I am all for the holistic approach to my health. That very night I slept like a baby.”
Amenities at this spa include disabled access, wi-fi access, free parking, and relaxing beverages.
Monday – Sunday: 9AM–7PM
3211 Rogers Rd Suite 205, Wake Forest, NC 27587