OHE June 12, 1999 (barefoot hiking)

Date: Sat, 12 Jun 1999 19:50:46 -1000
From: Dayle K. Turner (turner@hawaii.edu>
Subject: Barefoot hiking on Oahu?

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Reply From: Jay Feldman (JFEL873@aol.com)

Thanks for this pointer Dayle. There is no question that feet are made for walking and hiking barefooted is probably a lot more healthy for your feet than boots. There of course is the danger from lots of natural and man-made pointy and sharp thingies; especially with barely used feet. Back in the 80's I remember a guy who always hiked barefoot on HTM hikes, he never had any trouble that I knew of.

Actually, there is a whole art (science?) of reflexology which is a western offshoot of accupressure that uses the foot (palms too) as a source of diagnosis and therapy for a variety of "dis-eases". The technique uses (generally thumb) pressure applied to various points on the foot to determine and treat ailments. Walking barefoot is strongly recommended by reflexology therapists, as well as most holistic/healing practitioners. It's generally a reflection of the movement back toward living a more natural lifestyle and away from the more artificial accommodation to the world that modern living seems to have brought us to. Similar, in a sense, to the philosophy behind the Waianae diet.

Anyone up to barefeet on Ohuluhule tomorrow? I'm going to try it, at least across the dam.

Jay Feldman

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