Reflexology Walking Paths
Reflexology walking paths are one of many, simple, effective methods Chinese people use to massage their bodies for improved health and well-being.
While reflexology for feet is traditionally done by hand, cobblestone walking reflexology paths are also common here in China.
You often see them in parks, at resorts, in private gardens, and at the bottom of mountain trails so people can relieve their feet and legs after a long hike. The paths consist of smooth stones embedded in concrete with one edge sticking up, or lying flat, as in the below photos.
Some stones are quite thick and rounded and others are thin to provide a stronger stimulation to the feet. Reflexology walking paths are an excellent way to get all the benefits of traditional reflexology, with the added, highly pleasurable and health-giving benefit of being outdoors in fresh air, and taking in the beauty of nature. See below for more benefits.
According to traditional Chinese medical theory, regularly walking on reflexology walking paths:
- Stimulates reflexology areas and pressure points in your feet that correspond to all major body organs and areas.
- Stimulates vital energy and blood flow throughout your body.
- Relieves stress, improves balance, enhances physical and mental well-being.
- Allows you to control the length and amount of stimulation, e.g. short, light walks on smooth stones, or longer walks on thinner, sharper-edged stones.
- Also, cobblestone walking reflexology for elderly people and anyone in poor health or recovering from injury or illness is particularly
beneficial as it's a gentle yet deep-working therapy.
Reflexology Walking Paths in China
Seen here is a cobblestone walking path near the writer's home in China.
This particular path is 15-20m long and about a metre wide, however others in China are much longer and wider.
Some paths have a hand rail alongside them for support for those who find the cobblestones too stimulating and painful.
The best way is to begin gently and for just a few minutes and to increase the time a little every day or week.
The above path is made of very smooth stones laid flat for a fairly gentle foot massage.
Other cobblestone paths in China have quite thin stones laid on their edge for a much stronger stimulus, or they have combinations of thin stones and smooth, flat ones, to cater for everyone.
The author walks along this particular path for 15-20 minutes several times a week, as do many of his Chinese neighbors.
Making reflexology walking paths is not difficult. As you can see, above, they simply consist of cobblestones (or river stones) of varying shapes and sizes (according to the amount of stimulation you want), embedded in concrete. If you can't or aren't inclined to make your own, why not suggest to your local parks and gardens authority that they install a path in a local public area, such as a park, beach promenade, or similar?
To find out more about traditional foot reflexology and how to do it on yourself and others, and to download a color reflexology chart of the foot, see:
Chinese Foot Massage
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