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Kenkoh Sandal - The Art & Science of Healing

Kenkoh Massage Sandals were designed based upon ancient Asian arts of natural healing and verified using modern analytical testing and measurement.

The Art

The insoles of the Kenkoh Massage Sandal are made up of around 1,000 natural rubber nodules that massage and stimulate the bottoms of your feet. The massaging action, similar to therapeutic acupressure, occurs continuously while walking, standing or sitting.

For thousands of years the soles of human feet were always in touch with the natural surfaces of the earth. Walking on these surfaces stimulated nerve endings, balanced and strengthened the body. Today, shoes and unnaturally rigid surfaces prevent this natural stimulation. When worn daily, Kenkoh Massage Sandals improve circulation, provide relief from stress, revitalize and improve mobility of the feet, ankles, legs and back.

"My pain went away right away. Love this sandal - was able to walk again."

Reflexive Zones

Nerves corresponding to organs are concentrated in Sole Reflexive Zones. Stimulating these nerves on a daily basis can contribute to improving the health of organs and muscles. The Kenkoh Massage Sandal is designed to stimulate these nerve pressure points in your feet.

The sole of the foot is the "second heart". About two-thirds of leg muscles work together to pump blood back toward the heart. Veins concentrate in the sole. Properly pressing and stimulating the soles of the feet promotes the flow of lymph fluid, supporting heart function.

"I'm so happy these ... have eradicated any swelling of my ankles."

The Science

In February 2006 a two-year double-blind study with 100 tests on 80 subjects was conducted through Kyoto University, in Kyoto, Japan to verify the benefits of health sandals.

The study, "Examination of Effects of Plantar Pressure Stimulation on Fatigue through Randomly Self-Controlled Study", was undertaken by Naoko Kondo through the Department of Health Promotion and Human Behavior, School of Public Health, Kyoto University.

The premise of the study was that the use of health sandals, specifically the Kenkoh Massage Sandal, as a form of "self medication" can ease or prevent fatigue. A total of 80 female university students, average age 23.3 years, were divided into two groups -- study and control. The study group wore the Kenkoh Massage Sandal. The control group wore a plain sandal of similar style, but without the massaging nodules. All participants were on their feet performing normal activities during the 4-hour test period.

The findings of the study concluded that after wearing the Kenkoh Massage Sandal versus the plain sandal:

  • Overall fatigue was eased
  • The feeling of fatigue and listlessness improved significantly
  • Pulse rate remained significantly lower
  • The change in lower limb circumference (measuring edema) was much lower
  • Subjects felt their feet and body were warmer, their body was lighter, they had less sole pain, they felt better

"My foot and lower leg circulation has improved dramatically."