Guest post: Hiking the Camino de Santiago by Jane M.
I’ve been a hiker for decades, experiencing it as a walking-meditation, with the rhythm of my footfalls and the sights, sounds, and scents around me helping to . pull my mind away from the chatter of work and other responsibilities. So this year, I decided to book a hiking trip to Spain over winter break, to try my walking meditation in a different culture and setting that I’d long wanted to experience.
I found a company that helped me arrange a self-guided hike of the last 70 miles of the Camino de Santiago. I started training so I’d be ready to hike up to 15 miles per day. Although I routinely hike several miles and am generally pretty active, I knew I’d better try out my day hiking gear and build my endurance. Right away, I noticed my upper back was bothering me when I carried the needed gear, so I went to Dr. Lavine. He corrected my posture and gave me some exercises to help head off the problem.
Later in my training, I had a flare up of plantar fasciitis, so he showed me ways to stretch and strengthen my feet, which prevented that issue during my hike.
Thanks to his help preparing, I had a great time hiking the Camino Frances, which is wonderfully quiet in winter without the crowds that walk it at other times of the year. I really enjoyed the countryside, farms, and small towns in Galicia. And the food and sangria!
Thanks, Dr. Lavine, for helping me be well prepared for the challenge so I could comfortably enjoy my time on the trail!
Dr. Lavine has been an innovator in the use of movement and touch to promote health since 1981. He practices in New York City and Princeton, NJ.