Take off your shoes and get ready to enjoy a new kind of foot massage. A new nature trail for the barefoot opened in a park on Elk Island, Moscow, on July 1.
The 3.6-kilometer trail consists of alternating surfaces, winding through the park’s pine forests.
According to the manager, this route combines massage, acupuncture, and aromatherapy from the fresh air in the middle of the pine forest.
A guide on the trail, Yevgeniy Shevtsov, says, “There are different types of surfaces. There you can find almost all types of surfaces that we see in everyday life. There are stones, rock shards, pinecones, sawdust, all kinds of debris. wood, bark, it’s all here, so is the beach pebbles.”
Altogether, there are 43 sections with different surfaces. All appear alternately to give different effects to the feet: hard and soft, hot and cold, soothing and refreshing.
Shevtsov adds, every time we feel the surface change, it makes us feel relaxed first, tense, relaxed again, then tense. They all have different benefits, he continued.
Along the track, pedestrians encounter other obstacles, such as small rivers, logs and steps.
They are all designed to help train balance.
Shevtsov adds, “There is a bath here, it relaxes the feet. The water is very cold. People who pass this path then put their feet in the water, take a walk along this creek, and their feet relax a little.”
This route turned out to be popular. According to its management, about 500 people visit every day on weekends since the trail opened.
One visitor, Sofia Tsaregorodtseva, said, “In everyday life, we walk with comfortable footwear. When we are barefoot, at home, it feels completely different. Here we feel a new sensation, somewhat like on the beach, on the sea, when we walk on stones and gravel.”
A marker before each new surface tells visitors what they will encounter, along with details on the health benefits of walking on such a surface.
For some people, going through a path like this is a test of endurance. Another visitor, Natalya, said that at the beginning of the trip she felt a lot of pain in her legs, especially when stepping on large chunks of granite. But the further he went, as he got used to it, he said his legs felt more relaxed.
Reflexologists say there are more than 7,000 nerve endings in each human foot, which are connected to pressure points. These pressure points are connected to different parts of the body.
Stimulating these pressure points is believed to have a general healing effect, increasing blood circulation and even appetite.
Aleksandr Milyaev, who has 27 years of experience as a massage therapist, confirms that walking barefoot helps increase endurance, body strength, and improve a person’s psychological condition. Walking barefoot for about 30 to 40 minutes on an uneven surface can help calm you down.
The trail on the trail on Elk Island can be completed in about 1.5 hours. [uh/ab]