per·i·pa·tet·ic
ˌperēpəˈtedik/
adjective
  1. 1.
    traveling from place to place, especially working or based in various places for relatively short periods.
    "the peripatetic nature of military life"
    synonyms:nomadic, itinerant, traveling, wandering, roving, roaming, migrant,migratory, unsettled
    "I could never get used to her peripatetic lifestyle"
  2. 2.
    Aristotelian.
noun
  1. 1.
    a person who travels from place to place.
  2. 2.
    an Aristotelian philosopher.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Something's Afoot in Northwest Florida: Reflexology and Armadillos

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If sailing ships could sail the sea,
And sails were not required,
The term itself for sailing ships
Would have to be retired.

A trip to Tallahassee this weekend for a FSMTA sponsored reflexology workshop at Core Institute proved useful for learning in more ways than one:

  1. Who knew there are more ways for treating the body through the feet than there are excuses for not drinking enough water?
  2.  Did you realize you're supposed to drink an amount of water (in ounces) equal to one-half your body weight per day? If you fall short of that amount, your vital organs steal moisture from the fascia and muscle tissue in your body to keep functioning properly. Poor ol' fascia and muscle have to limp along like a car engine without enough oil for lubrication. Don't forget that the heart is made of muscle tissue. No wonder I felt dog-tired walking those hills at Lake Tallavana after attending the workshop. 
  3. Vacant houses soon become home to various forms of wildlife. Nature bounces back quicker than a dehydrated massage therapist can write a simple blog post. The old brain must suffer too. This post has taken longer to finish than it takes a family of armadillos to take over an empty shed. 
  4. Armadillos are capable of spreading leprosy, but no cases of armadillos passing the disease on to Floridians have yet occurred or at least been reported. If they had been, an all out war against armadillos would surely be declared. Who would want to be half the man or woman he/she used to be? If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then you're too young to have heard some version of the leprosy song (lyrics to the tune of the Beatles' song Yesterday). If only leprosy could be one of those terms that would have to be retired.

12 comments:

  1. Love the video of the armadillos!

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  2. Childhood brings us all disappointments. For some it's finding out that Santa Claus is really a drunken uncle, for others it's that the tooth fairy is a myth. For me it was discovering that lepers didn't really have bits dropping off them!

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  3. They certainly aren't afraid! Until a few years ago I didn't know that there were armadillos in Florida. And I certainly didn't know they carried leprosy!

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  4. They're not heading north are they???

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  5. Thanks, TCM. Glad you like it.

    IG, my dad used to sing another version of the leprosy song, and for years I was convinced that losing body parts was a regular feature of the disease. He loved to gross us kids out.

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  6. TB, I think you're safe for now. There are enough bugs right here in FL to keep 'em happy.

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  7. what a lot of good, fun info you have here! I did know that about the amount of water needed per day and I actually knew that about armadillos. But then later it seemed like I heard that was a myth...

    Don't know much about reflexology, but I'd love to try it! Hope you're well~ :o) <3

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  8. I lived in Texas for a very short stint and found armidillos to be amazing creatures. They do like to dig holes.

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  9. Adorable armadillos! I had no idea that they were so fearless of people.

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  10. Friendly little critters! I did not know that about water. I will be drinking (and peeing) more from here on out.

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  11. Leigh, it's no myth about armadillos, as the IFAS article clearly shows. You should give it a whirl trying a reflexology session. There's probably one practicing near you. Expect a sensory-rich experience!

    Hi, Stephen! They are indeed amazing critters. Like nothing else you've ever seen. I had no idea they were considered invasive (non-native and disrupting the normal balance of things) until I read the article.

    Sarah, I think the fearlessness had something to do with their age. All three of them appeared to be adolescents. I've never had an adult armadillo allow me to get that close.

    Paula, you got that right. Water in, water out. I try to consume the last of my daily allowance at least an hour before bedtime.

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  12. Enjoyed the video--I had no idea that armadillos were so friendly. This is one form of wildlife I never find in my garden; they're so much cuter than the possums I usually see here!

    I've been having foot problems lately; maybe I should try drinking more water, once I calculate how many gallons all those ounces will be:)

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