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March 17, 2013

Aldridge puts his knowledge to use

Fort Cobb native raises quail, grows vegetables, helps people

(Continued)

A little pressure in the right

places does wonders


In 1999, Aldridge retired from his job at Whitehorn Cove Marina. The retirement didn’t last too long.

In 2004, his life veered in another direction, and he says he’s busier than ever.

He said his wife, who had been doing massage therapy, was having health problems.

“She was having pain in her shoulder radiating through her arm,” he said. “She had gone to several doctors.”

Aldridge said his wife was going to a continuing education class about reflexology in 2004.

“She was tired of me sitting out in the van and said, ‘Come in and join us,’” he said.

“Reflexology is based on the science that there are reflex points in the feet and hands for every organ and part of the body,” he said. “By working these reflex properties, you stimulate blood flow to help improve nerve function. It’s very relaxing.”

Aldridge said he began working on his wife’s feet during the class, applying pressure where needed.

“She said that all of a sudden, her arm didn’t hurt anymore,” he said.

He said he continued going to the class and eventually learned enough to open a business.

Aldridge said the business keeps him extra busy.

“From 9:30 in the morning to 8 at night, I’m just booked solid,” he said.

Meet Ken Aldridge

AGE: 76.

HOMETOWN: Fort Cobb.

CAREER: Massage therapist, reflexology.

EDUCATION: Fort Cobb High School, attended Cameron University and night classes at University of Central Oklahoma.

FAMILY: Wife, Beth; one son.

CHURCH: Oldham Memorial Baptist Church.

HOBBIES: Gardening, fishing, hunting.

HOW DID YOU BECOME AN OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE?

“I was transferred here with my job in 1972. I was working for an oil company at the time. I love this part of the state — Green Country. I love the water, the lakes, the people.”

WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT MUSKOGEE?

“The people, I like to work with people. There are some wonderful people around here.”

WHAT WOULD MAKE MUSKOGEE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE?

“Clean up the access to Honor Heights Park.”

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING IN MUSKOGEE?

Massage therapy and reflexology.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

“I garden. We go to Branson two or three times a year. I love to do woodworking.”

WHAT OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE DO YOU ADMIRE?

“Many people. We have a good pastor, Glen Little. He’s dedicated. He’s sincere. He’s very concerned about his congregation.”

WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU IN MUSKOGEE?

“Definitely my present occupation.”

HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP MUSKOGEE IN 25 WORDS OR LESS?

“There are so many things to do here, like the Azalea Festival. The country is so different here.”

 

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