Barefoot Days of Summer

June 19, 2009

Bare feet ready to walk the reflexology path at Bastyr University

Bare feet ready to walk the reflexology path at Bastyr University

“The frost was working out of the ground, and out of the air, too, and it was getting closer and closer onto barefoot time every day; and next it would be marble time, and next mumbletypeg, and next tops and hoops, and next kites, and then right away it would be summer and go-ing in a-swimming.”
     — Mark Twain

I never did run around barefoot too much in my childhood.  I think my mother thought there were too many hazards in the lawn and farm yard — broken glass, rusty nails, chicken poop from the free-ranging chickens, sharp stones and twigs… Yet I still associate bare feet with hot summer days.

I was reminded how rarely I walk around barefoot when my friend Ann and I took a short day trip to Bastyr University to walk the reflexology path there.  The path is a 64-foot length of embedded stones, and as you traverse it, you massage the points on your feet that correspond to vital organs, muscles, and nerves.  Needless to say, my normally shod feet are sensitive, and walking the path was a bit painful.  I trust that I realized some health benefits even though I do not understand much about reflexology.  But I’d volunteer for a foot massage any day.

Slowly walking the reflexology path

Slowly walking the reflexology path

Reflexology foot chart from Bastry University

Reflexology foot chart from Bastyr University

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