If you’re traveling and you’re tired of walking around, what do you do?
You may go into a café, order a drink, and then put your feet up, figuratively speaking.
When we went to the Kek Look Tong Cave in Ipoh, Malaysia, there was a better alternative for tired feet: a foot reflexology path along the man-made lake.
I initially had no idea what it was. I thought that it was just another pretty feature of the garden. When I saw the sign (second photo below), though, it was when I realized what it was.
Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure on certain parts of the body, working on the belief that there are reflex points that once stimulated, brings about healing and relaxation.
As I tried walking on the footpath, said to be one of the longest reflexology paths in Ipoh, healing was furthest from my mind at first. It hurt!
When I was halfway though, the pain lessened and I began to notice and appreciate more the things around me, from the plants and flowers along the path, to the numerous sculptures in the garden. Ideas on what to write for my blog came one after another, and I contemplated for a moment whether to stop and write them down.
In the end, I decided to just let them be. I focused instead on the moment; on the slightly painful sensation of the stones on my feet, the fresh smell of the vegetation around me, and the faint quacking of the ducks on the lake. Was this different perspective brought about by my walking on the foot path? I don’t know.
What I do know is that my decision to walk on the reflexology stones made me realize once again the importance of appreciating the moment and living in the present. And that, I think, made my trip there all the more worthwhile!
Have you walked on a foot reflexology path before? How was it?