I hope everyone is having a lovely summer. It’s always such a pack-it-in time of year for those of us on the Third Coast– we revel in the good weather, and fill these (too-short) months with outdoor concerts, al fresco dining, camping, swimming, you name it! It is my personal favorite time of the year because it means I can resume my practice of barefoot walking at the beach. It has been a particularly great year because instead of walking on the sand (which means I have to keep a vigilant eye to the ground to avoid stepping on glass), I’ve been walking in the water on the sand bar.
I have been having some back trouble lately- the result of too much car time, picking up 4 year-olds, and the halting gait required to navigate the icy Chicago streets. So, yesterday, I went for a massage from my very skilled massage therapist. After working on the specific problem areas on my back, I asked if she would do some footwork to “reinforce” the benefits of the massage. Although she is not formally trained in Reflexology, she is a “natural”, and the results were nothing short of amazing. It really took my breath away to realize how clearly the trouble spots in my back show up precisely where the reflexology.
Welcome to the Dog Days of summer. Everything slows down in our effort to savor the season and get every last drop of the warmth into our bones and spirit, storing it up for the cool weather to come. But let’s not even think about that right now, let’s just kick off our shoes, and go for some barefoot walking at the beaches along the Third Coast lakefront. There is a lot of controversy surrounding the “barefoot” walking/running idea- just because it is helpful to the Tarahumara people in Mexico http://therunningbug.co.uk/rbblogs/rickety-ragged-rank-runner/b/weblog/archive/2013/01/24/running-barefoot-tarahumara-tribe-runners.aspx, can this translate into a benefit for those of us living in concrete jungles? My research and personal experience tell.
In celebration of 10 years of Third Coast Reflexology, I took to the road and had a wonderful hiking adventure in the Foothills of the Pyrenees in the Catalonian region of Spain. I was quickly reminded of the importance of healthy feet as my pinky toe throbbed at the end of our first day on the trail– I thought I had sufficiently broken in my boots in advance of the trip, but the steep descents seemed to create a problem that I had not been able to anticipate walking on the FLAT streets of Chicago in the weeks before I left. While it was not the best way to begin.
I am continually struck by just how long it takes for an idea to evolve from concept to fruition, so it is with amazement and gratitude that I look back on this decade of growing my Reflexology practice from my original home office in the Ukrainian Village to my lovely suite in Lincoln Park. I began by practicing on the willing feet of my friends and family and after I completed my certification, I was ready to open my doors under the name PIED DOUX, which means, more or less “Sweet Feet” – an homage to the language I studied and love. I later changed the name to THIRD COAST,.