A path for bare feet … or how we used to walk in the mountains
GPS: 50° 47′ 48.427″N 15° 8′ 35.594″E
“Every barefoot step means one more minute of life.” Sebastian Kneipp, a well-known healer
Let’s take off our shoes and go for a walk on a path like they used to in times gone by … barefoot. It is completely natural and healthy and more than half the world’s population still walks barefoot today.
It is true that people first endeavoured to produce footwear 15,000 years ago, as has been borne out by cave paintings. Initially, they used footwear as protection, but it later began to be used as a fashion accessory in various historical periods. Despite that, “no shoes” continued to be the most widespread and common way of walking.
Shoes formerly represented something rare for most people and they were saved and often passed down in families. This was the reason why footwear was only used in heavy terrain or during ceremonial events. From the 19th century, the arrival of the Industrial Revolution increased the numbers of shod people who gradually began to overuse this one-time “luxury”.
As it is possible to have too much of a good thing, we now know that our feet need and deserve to walk barefoot for at least part of the active day. And do you know why?
Because walking barefoot is important for us for a number of different and beneficial reasons:
- It takes us back to a connection with nature and Mother Earth
(her touch returns us to naturalness and to the perception of ourselves),
- It gives our bodies vitality, spryness and a joy of movement
(it intensifies our perception of the movement of the body as a whole in the present moment),
- It sharpens all our senses through new experiences
(for example, it improves our peripheral vision and it keeps us vigilant and attentive),
- It returns our balance and mental stability
(the stimulation of our soles re-centres us, which enables us to sleep better and to avoid stress and strengthens our immunity and cardiac activity),
- It naturally massages the reflexology points on the soles of the feet and in doing so heals the entire body
(in reflexology, the sole of the foot functions as a map to the entire body where every part has its own reflexology point; pictures of all the organs, glands and other parts of the body, including the back, joints and muscles are projected onto the sole of the foot),
- It gives us freedom and a feeling of happiness
(a shoe acts as a splint for the 52 bones of both our feet out of a total of 206 bones in our entire body; once it has been removed, we can emotionally select the correct and most pleasant path for us),
- It forms our feet and our whole body correctly
(this is very beneficial for arch formation in children up to the age of 8; it gives our feet flexibility, strength and stamina).
There are many reasons why you should take your shoes off and try walking on the earth along our path for bare feet. So, be sure to try it.
You will experience the present moment here in Bedřichov barefoot and perhaps some of the mysteries of barefoot walking will be revealed to you.