Other than two good jogs in the rain, Whit and I spent most of Saturday indoors–which was a welcome change to what has been a long run of busy weekends.
But today, as the rain ceased for a few hours, we headed out on the motorbike to a pond about five minutes away–a place we had never really explored.
The pond was picturesque, as you can see from the photos. Lily pads, butterflies, and quaintly arched wooden bridges filled my photos.
But it was the foot reflexology path that grabbed our attention. We have seen them before as they are popular around Asia and can be found at parks across Korea. The footpaths are an ancient Asian form of medicine that uses Chinese traditional reflexology for total body healing.
And it hurts like h.e.l.l.
The ancient Chinese believed the foot was a road map for the entire body, where the reflex points correspond to vital organs, muscles and glands. Over time, gravity causes a substance called uric acid to settle in reflex points of the foot.
Uric acid, when concentrated, produces a cord, or granule like bubble that may be painful upon stimulation. This may be a sign that pure and healthy blood flow is unable to circulate to the rest of the body.
In many Asian medical systems, this is known as a stagnation of energy, or chi. Without the proper flow of energy, the mind and body connection is effected, leading to an ill state of health. By stimulating the foot reflex points and nerve endings of the foot, the uric acid can be broken down, and the stagnant energy released.
Research has shown that this zone therapy process helps to increase blood circulation and metabolism, thereby reducing the stress and workload upon the heart. This reflex points has also been known to help regulate hormone imbalances via nerve/brain pathways, thus creating a sense of calm, energy, clarity and vitality.
All I can say for me is that it resulted in pain, much like my similar experience with reflexology in China when Whit and I received the most painful foot massages of our lives.
I do find reflexology interesting and think those ancient Chinese were on to something. It makes sense that your feet are connected to all other parts of your body.
So maybe the next time you have a head cold or your sinuses are acting up, untie your shoes, shed your socks and find a rock bed to walk over. At least the pain from the rocks will make you forget your other ails.