GREENVILLE — Sarah Royer, of Greenville, joined the community of entrepreneurs Saturday, with a Darke County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony at her Greenville business.
She is owner/Reflexologist of The Natural Path: A Wellness Company. President of the Darke County Chamber of Commerce Sharon Deschambeau told Royer she is a minority in the business world, as a woman who owns a business.
“This has been your journey, and your dream, and a lot of people have supported you to get to this point,” Deschambeau said. “You care for your family, your friends, and you still have time for clients. It is a celebration today and you are officially an entrepreneur, as well as all the other titles that you carry. This is a place of healing. It is spiritual, full of love and heartfelt on my part, as I am a client of Sarah’s.”
Royer said she became interested in reflexology, about 20 years ago. Since then she has earned a Ph.D in Naturopathy, and also practices Iridology, an alternative medicine technique in which patterns, colors, and other characteristics of the iris can be examined to determine information about a patient’s systemic health.
“I was seeing a reflexologist who made a tremendous difference in my health, such as adding supplements and herbs to to my diet that have really changed my life,” Royer said. “I decided that was a way in which I would like to help people.”
According to Royer, reflexology is a lot like acupuncture, only it is acupressure.
“I am stimulating the reflex points in the bottom of the feet, to send oxygen and airflow to the different parts of the body,” she said. “If there is weakness or stress in an organ, it helps to calm down that stress or that organ, which allows disease to grow less rapidly, or not to come on at all. Reflexologists are trying to calm the body, the nerves, the organs and allow energy and blood flow to run smoothly throughout the body. That can also help with preventative measures of different ailments that people might be experiencing. I would never tell anyone not to see doctors or diagnose anyone. There is a place for the medical community, and I have much respect for them. I think we can work together when it comes to peoples’ health.”
Selina Miller, of Union City, Indiana was first a client of Royer’s. She is now The Natural Path Office Manager. Miller has Type 2 Diabetes and neuropathy (nerve disease or damage) in her feet, that causes pain and numbness.
“Sarah worked on my feet a lot,” she said. “I started out seeing her once a week and am down to once a month, because the amount of pain decreased. There were times when she pushed on my feet a certain way and said, ‘You’re really tense between your shoulder blades.’ And I could feel it between my shoulder blades as she worked on my feet. It helped my entire body feel back in alignment when she finished working on me. I’ve also started some herbs here, that have helped a lot. The main one I take is the Cannabidiol (CBD) liquid, and that is to help with your nervous system to calm your nerves. That has helped a lot with my pain I have at night.”
“There can be some different signals in the bottoms of the feet, and reflexology suggests that there is a weakness in that area of the body,” Royer said. “If I hit the lung reflex, and maybe there are some granulations in there, some puffiness or some tight areas, that could suggest a cold, bronchitis, or a weakness in the area.”
Royer said she wants to offer the community the convenience of having multiple practitioners under one roof, including: reflexology, detox services, esthetician/nail tech/makeup, neurofeedback, massage therapy and yoga. She also offers a store featuring such items as: essential oils, oil diffusers, liquid and herbal supplements, soaps and candles.
Bonnie Good, of Greenville visited the The Natural Path Saturday.
“I wanted to come in and view all of the different services they have to offer,” she said. “We love these essential oils. I am elated – they offer soaps, vitamins and all around health. I am really happy they opened.”
Another Greenville resident Cheri Shefbuch visited The Natural Path. She said she likes to buy Thieves essential oil, which is a combination of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiata and rosemary essential oils.
“I mix it with solid organic coconut oil, and put that in a little container with the thieves,” she said. I rub it on my nose and my temples, and it keeps colds away. If anyone in the office starts to get sick, I slather it on, and I don’t get sick.”
“I am so grateful for everyone being here,” Royer said. “If it wasn’t for the support of the community, my husband (Tony) and my family, this wouldn’t have happened. I thank everyone working here. I am so thrilled to be able to offer this to the community. You have all done an amazing job; so thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Greenville Mayor Steve Willman said there is definitely a niche in Greenville for a business that helps people.
“This is great for the community,” he said. “They have several employees, it is great for business and they fixed up the place. Tony and Sarah have done a wonderful job — it looks beautiful in here.”
The Natural Path: A Wellness Company is located at 324 East Third Street, Greenville. For more information, visit www.thenaturalpathherbals.com or call 937-459-5392.
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