The feet

The human foot is the oldest most amazing tech we own. Think about it! We have walked and run for thousands of years. Perfectly designed for optimal balance and locomotion, the human foot is composed of 7,000 nerve endings, 26 bones, 66 articulations, 107 ligaments and 19 intrinsic muscles.  While walking, a majority (~80%) of the gait cycle is performed on one leg and while running 100% on one leg at a time. Most people strike the ground 10,000 -15,000 times daily absorbing tons of pressure.  How you walk, for how long and on what surface will undoubtedly impact your life.

Shoes and feet go hand in hand. How much time do your feet spend in shoes? Are those shoes ill fitting, heeled dark coffins where feet go to wither and die or flat and spacious designed to enhance and protect your natural delicate tech? Do your shoes provide ample room for the foot to flatten as you put your weight on it and do they hold it in place or are you forced to grip with your toes (as is the case with flip flops). Take a look at a baby's feet to see how much more mobile and alive they are.

How much time do you spend barefoot on uneven ground such as grass, dirt, sand, pebbles, rocks, twigs, mud, snow etc. Exposing your feet to such terrain on a regular basis will breath life into them and the rest of your body. A little goes a long way, after all, we have lost so much of our mobility and magic by domesticating our feet.

For many of us living in big cities or confronted by culture it can be challenging to find ways to expose our feet to nature or more natural shoes, but it can be done. Invest in minimal footwear and take strolls in the park, hikes in nature. Even brushing your teeth barefoot on trays lined with rocks/pebbles or standing on a wedge/rolled up towel at your computer can make a difference.  Go out of your way to seek paths of natural material that can challenge and nourish your feet.  A great read is Katy Bowman's Whole Body Barefoot - Transitioning well to minimal footwear.

Foot Reflexology is one of those modalities that will reconnect you to your feet and in return your entire body. The feet can be a gateway into that deep place in yourself that is the source of boundless energy, creativity and knowing. This space exists and once the 'noise' and 'want' melt away you can tap into its calm, nourishing and restorative powers.

In Better Health with Foot reflexology "The Ingham method" Dwigh C. Byers defines reflexology as the science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all the glands, organs, and parts of the body. Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on these reflex areas. Reflexology: relieves stress and tension, improves blood supply and promotes the unblocking of nerve impulses and helps nature achieve homeostasis.