Why We Love the Feet So Much!
The feet have over 7000 nerve endings, which make them quite sensitive.
Because of their sensitivity, the feet are very responsive to touch and pressure.
By applying skilled touch and pressure to the feet,
the nervous system signals the body to respond in a healthy manner.
This brings about a decrease in tension throughout the entire body.
Therapeutic touch also causes the release of certain chemicals into the system
that have a positive effect on the immune system and on the reduction of pain.
Drawing on the philosophy of reflexology which states that
there are points in the feet that correspond to the different systems of the body,
we believe that time spent on the feet is an important part of your pro-active health plan.
A Landmark Study
Oregon Research Institute (ORI) of Eugene, Oregon
has recently conducted a pilot study, which tested the results
of what they called “cobblestone mat walking” on 48 individuals.
This study was, “rooted in traditional Chinese holistic medicine
and principles of reflexology...”
The study replicated a Chinese exercise called,
“stone stepping,” which is popular in China. Stone stepping is performed
by walking along a cobblestone pathway barefooted. Stone stepping stimulates
“acupoints” in the soles of the feet, which influences
the body through pressure.
ORI wanted to know what benefits stone stepping
could have on our health. The study found significant improvements
in blood pressure, pain levels and the mental and physical well being
of the 48 individuals studied.