The Anchorage Reflexology Path at Folker Park was envisioned by members of the Alaska Reflexology Association (AKRA) as a community space where people could learn about and experience reflexology in a relaxing and healing environment.
Thanks to community support, AKRA’s vision for a reflexology path is becoming a reality. AKRA was awarded a Community Challenge Grant from the Anchorage Park Foundation. The Anchorage Park Foundation and Municipality of Anchorage Park’s and Recreation chose to support the path as it fulfills the community’s vision of Folker Park as a “designated intergenerational health and healing park”, accessible and inclusive for all users. The location is ideal because it is within walking distance of Horizon House, Providence Medical Center, the University of Alaska, and many local businesses and neighborhoods, which will bring diverse populations together to experience and enjoy the path.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is practiced throughout the world as a safe, drug-free, complementary practice within the holistic health field. It is a protocol of manual techniques applied to specific reflex areas primarily on the feet, hands, and ears. The non-invasive techniques are meant to stimulate the neural pathways linking body systems, supporting the body’s efforts to function optimally.
What is a Reflexology Path?
A reflexology path is designed to provide a therapeutic sensory experience. AKRA envisions a path that is a fun and relaxing way for the public to learn about and experience a safe, drug-free complementary health modality in a healing environment. The walking path will have strategically placed stones designed to stimulate reflexes that correspond to various body systems.
Alaska Reflexology Association (AKRA)
AKRA is a non-profit member-based organization established in 2008 to advance the professional development of the field of reflexology and to promote public awareness about reflexology and its benefits as a complementary health modality. AKRA members offer services to the public as well as educate reflexologists by offering continuing education by hosting conferences and classes. AKRA is a member of the national organization Reflexology Association of America(RAA), and this year will host the International Council of Reflexologists conference in Anchorage.
How You Can Help
The Community Challenge Grant program awards matching funds for volunteer time and funds raised by volunteers. Under the guidance and design expertise of Senior Park Planner Maeve Levins-Lavatar and Elise Huggins a local landscape architect (Earthscape), AKRA members have started to design panels for the reflexology path. Volunteer work and donations to the project will unlock matching funds from the Anchorage Park Foundation to complete the project. Supporters are also raising funds for the project. Every dollar contributed will be matched dollar for dollar by the Anchorage Park Foundation through the support of the Rasmuson Foundation!