Aging in some circles is seen as beginning with the feet; they are just like the roots of a tree. The roots wither before the trunk dies, and our legs grow old ahead of other parts of our body.
Medical theory shows the aging of the human body is mainly caused by the disturbance of blood circulation, and it starts from the soles of the feet because they are the furthest parts from the heart. Blood fat, uric acid crystals and harmful substances can accumulate in the feet.
Our feet also act as a map of the entire body, where reflex and acupoints correspond to vital organs, muscles, and glands. By stimulating the feet you stimulate the entire body.
Reflexology has been in use for over 4,500 years; archeological evidence Egypt (2330 BCE), China (2704 BCE) and Japan (690 CE) points to ancient reflexology medical systems.
Our class is designed to emulate the ancient stone reflexology pathways found throughout Asia. Cobblestone mat walking is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Reflexology; and the principles of acupressure and zone therapy; in that the uneven surfaces of the rocks stimulate and regulate "acupoints" located on the soles of the feet using the bodies own weight.
Combining simple warm-up exercises, mat walking and self-foot massage; participants will begin to strengthen and heal their bodies from within, boosting energy and improving sleep.
Cobblestone walking has been shown to help reduce blood pressure, improve balance & increase physical function. For first time walkers, some discomfort may occur due to the initial exposure to the hard and uneven surfaces. This is not to be unexpected and should be considered normal and disappears in time.
Participants are requested to bring socks, and newcomers may choose to wear two or more pairs of socks to reduce pressure and increase comfort.
What participants have said about our classes
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"Oregon Research Institute scientists found that the older adult participants experienced significant improvements in mental and physical well-being when participating in a Cobblestone Walking class."