Ionic Foot Detox

Ionic Foot Detox is one of Chesapeake Holistic’s newest services for optimum health and vibrant living.

Similar to Acupuncture and Reflexology, Ionic Foot Detox stimulates the body’s energy meridians. Our ionic bath uses the principles of negative-ionization, rebalancing energy and creating a positive cellular environment – helping your body to heal itself, by drawing out unwanted toxins, during the session and for several days afterward.

Clients often add a relaxing foot detox while they’re here for other services, such as: Massage, Emotion Code, Craniosacral Therapy, and Somato-Emotional Hypnosis. (We do not schedule Ionic Foot Detox to occur on the same day a client has an ONDAMED or Acupuncture session, as these protocols work on the same meridians.)


Ionic Foot Detox aides with recovery and helps clients experience:

  • Ability to relax more easily and to sleep restfully
  • Improved lymphatic circulation
  • Boosted immune system function
  • Increase in natural energy levels
  • Reduced muscle and joint pain/inflammation

What to Expect

Treatment Room

The location of your Ionic Foot Detox session will depend upon your practitioner and which treatment rooms are available.

Our Approach for Your Sessions

After reviewing the Foot Detox Service Waiver you completed before your appointment, we’ll explain the Ionic Foot Detox protocol so you know what to expect.

During an Ionic Foot Detox session, negative ions in the foot bath attract and extract toxins from inside your body. These toxins are released through the energy meridians in your feet. Expect the foot bath water to turn color as this detoxification occurs.

Water color / toxin removal guide:

  • Yellow/green — Urinary tract, bladder, kidneys, reproductive organs (gynecological or prostate disorder, kidney or bladder infections)
  • Black flecks — Heavy metals (memory issues, chronic fatigue, mental fog)
  • Orange — Joints, muscles (arthritis, rheumatism, gout, neuropathy, fibromyalgia)
  • Brown — Lungs, cellular debris (smoking, second-hand smoke, air pollution)
  • White — GI tract (Candida, yeast infections, insomnia, headaches)
  • Dark green/black — Gallbladder, liver, stomach (gallstones, immune system, acid reflux, nausea)
  • Red flecks — Blood clot material (arterial blockages, bruising, hypertension, cold hands/feet)
  • White foam — Lymphatic system (menses disorders, tender/clogged lymph nodes, skin disorders, allergies)
  • Black — Liver (alcohol use, elevated liver enzymes on bloodwork)

We estimate the toxins you’ll see drawn from your body (into the foot bath water), are only 10% of the total detoxification that will occur. The other 90% happens several days after a treatment, as toxic material leaves your body via your excretory system.

It’s important to drink adequate water – to improve toxin excretion and to protect your organs and body systems – the day of (and for several days after) an Ionic Foot Detox bath session.

While one session will definitely kick-start detoxification, some clients more fully experience the benefits of Ionic Foot Detox with 2-3 treatments.


$60 (20-30 minutes) treatment times vary depending on practitioner’s assessment of client’s needs

Your Practitioners

Katherine A. Sale, MSW, MAc, LAc, CNC

Katherine is a Nationally Board Certified Acupuncturist (Dipl.Ac., NCCAOM) and is licensed through the Maryland Board of Acupuncture. She has extensive integrative energy therapies experience and two master’s degrees: Five Elements Taoist Acupuncture and Social Work.

“I recommend clients do an Ionic Foot Detox after an Acupuncture Detox treatment. The Acupuncture stimulates the body to move toxic fluids out through the lymph pores (feet, hands, armpits, etc.), then the Foot Detox gently pulls those fluids out so much more quickly [than the body does on its own]. Plus, it’s so relaxing!”

Read more about Glynda, Cathy, Katherine and the rest of our talented practitioners and staff.

Jennie Donnelly, Certified Integrative Health Coach, COT 

Jennie joined Chesapeake Holistic in 2021 and is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach as well as a Certified ONDAMED® Technician and Ionic Foot Bath Technician.  She became interested in holistic health while helping her son through his own health journey in 2013 which started her own. 

Jennie will help clients start their own healing process through customized meal plans, healthy recipes, one-on-one pantry sweeps, grocery store tours, ONDAMED®, and ionic foot baths.  Her goal for working with her clients is to give them the resources they need to heal themselves.  Jennie loves to help her clients discover how to live a healthy lifestyle and become the healthiest, happiest version of themselves by finding what works for them.

When not at Chesapeake Holistic, Jennie can be found on the Magothy River – either paddleboarding or playing with her son and two dogs, Lucy and Autumn.  She is also an avid reader and a self-proclaimed foodie and loves to cook for herself and her family.  The ongoing theme in Jennie’s home according to her son is that she takes way too many pictures of her food.