Reflexology (zone therapy) is an alternative medicine method involving the practice of massaging or applying pressure to parts of the feet.
There are many shops in the big towns and cities in Malaysia offering reflexology these days. The fee charged is about RM35 an hour.
Yesterday, I practiced a different form of reflexology –barefoot walking. What I did was to walk bare foot up FRIM’s canopy walkway from the foot hill.
How was the feeling? Great!
You may also want to give it a try – bare foot walking or running. When the feet touch mother earth, the feeling is indeed very special. I feel closer to nature.
Perhaps this is an alternative to reflexology. It is free. Just do it yourself.
What are the benefits of barefoot walking? Here are some of them obtained from the internet.
It helps the leg muscles pump blood back to the heart. This makes it beneficial for those who are suffering from the problem of varicose veins.
Walking barefoot helps relax tired feet. It has also proven beneficial for people suffering from flat feet, in many cases helping them overcome the problem altogether.
Walking barefoot in the summer season has been found to have a cooling effect on the body of a person, especially if he/she walks on morning grass, leaves or a piece of log in the garden.
In traditional exercises, like yoga, tai-chi and martial arts, it is believed that being barefoot helps a person absorb Chi, the life-force energy. As you walk with your feet bare, you increase your vitality. At the same time, it helps you think clearly and increases your capacity to work.
Walking barefoot in your garden or the local park will help you feel closer to the nature. This will not only take your mind off everyday tensions and relax your body, but also rejuvenate your mind and boost your energy levels.