ORI Cobblestone Mat
- 6' simulated cobblestone walking surface
- Ancient health enhancing practice
- Reduces blood pressure & improves balance
- Please note: due to hygiene reason, this is a non-returnable product
- Walk your way to better health!
ORI Cobblestone Mat
Cobblestone Walkway - Walk your way to better health!
Take a barefoot walk on the Cobblestone Walkway (also known as a Cobblestone Mat) and improve balance and circulation while reducing blood-pressure!
Cobblestone walking is an ancient health enhancing practice that has been known in China for thousands of years. These cobblestone walkways or reflexology parks exist all over China and are utilized by young and old for their health and meditative benefits.
The positive effects of reflexology paths have become more widely recognized and cobblestone walking paths have been created around the world. While the largest cobblestone walkway is in Jakarta, Indonesia, cobblestone walking parks are also found in Switzerland, Austria, Germany and the United States.
The National Council on Aging commissioned the prestigious Oregon Research Institute (ORI) to confirm this centuries old anecdotal evidence.
A 16 week study of 108 physically inactive adults found that:
- Cobblestone walking is a safe way to improve physical function and reduce blood pressure in older adults;
- Cobblestone walking is useful for maintaining and promoting functional mobility and overall health in older adults;
- Cobblestone walking provides an effective, therapeutic and health-enhancing exercise alternative.
Cobblestone Mat allows 16 Weeks to Improved Health - Allegro Medical will supply the 16 week training program designed by ORI with the purchase of any Cobblestone Walkway.
How does Cobblestone Mat Walking work?
Cobblestone mat walking is rooted in traditional Chinese holistic medicine and the principles of reflexology. Stimulating or regulating the ‘reflexes or acupoints’ in the feet, which are associated with all parts/systems of the body, impacts the corresponding part of the body reducing tension, improving circulation and promoting natural function of the related areas.
Scientific Study of the Benefits of Cobblestone Mat Walking
The National Institute of Aging funded scientific research to evaluate the benefits and efficiency of cobblestone walking. The Oregon Research Institute (ORI) found that “participants in this scientific study experienced significant reduction in blood pressure and pain levels, including improvements in mental and physical well being.”
Dr. John Fisher, PHD (ORI) stated “we visited China and noticed adults of all ages spent 30 minutes each day walking , standing and sometimes dancing on these beautifully laid cobblestone paths. They did this for their health every day of the week. For our study we used manufactured mats that replicate these cobblestone paths.”
Participants were divided into cobblestone walkers and
conventional walkers. Each group walked 1 hour, 3 times per week
for 16 weeks.
At the end of the study mat walkers were found to have better scores when measured for balance, physical function and blood pressure.
How to Walk Your Cobblestone Mat
With more than a single mat you can create cobblestone walkways. The arrows indicate suggested walking direction for each configuration. If some of the patterns take you off of the cobblestone mat for a few steps, that’s OK. Keep walking your cobblestone mat, improve your health and enjoy your foot massage.
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