Monday, September 28, 2009

How to enjoy Mother Nature’s reflexology paths

Nowhere will you find a better reflexology path than those designed by mother nature herself. The beach, forest, meadow and stream can all provide a fun and unforgettable reflexology path experience. (See Nature's Reflexology Paths.)

Before you motor off to the nearest beach or forest there are a few things to consider. First, dress appropriately for the outdoors. Take suntan lotion and a good hat. Wear warm clothing if needed. The seashore may be sunny but we’ve spent many a chilly, wind blown day at the beach. Check the weather forecast. Rain and snow are no fun especially since rocks can become slippery and the ground muddy.

Next, consider where you’re planning to spend your day.  An ecologically sensitive area or private property other than your own is off limits.

Be aware of your capabilities. Do you have trouble walking or standing? Do you have osteoporosis? Just because it’s pretty and inviting, consider whether or your sense of balance is good enough to stand atop any rock.

Be aware of where you are and what you’re doing. Generally survey the field intended for your footsteps. Judge whether or not the general area is foot friendly. Mother nature produces thorns and thistles and other things you don’t want underfoot. Watch where your step. Not all rocks are foot-friendly rounded surfaces.  Not all forest paths are a walk in the park. Ragged rocks can cut your foot.

This is nature and not Disneyland. Be aware of your surroundings. A miscalulated in-coming tide once found us wading knee deep in water seeking dry land.  If you’re standing in water, make sure you know what’s underfoot. Ocean coral can cut your feet. Slippery under water rocks can cause you to lose balance. Keep track of your location. Don’t get lost wandering off trail.

Look before you step. Consider how staple the rock or leg will be for your balancing body. One of our favorite beaches includes conveniently located tree branches to grip so we can more easily balance. A walking stick may be a help in maintaining balance.

Barbara and Kevin Kunz

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