Our feet have a very important role to play as part of the body. They’re our foundation, allowing us to balance and move in many different ways, like walking, running, dancing and climbing. We have twenty six bones (One-quarter of the bones in the human body are in the feet.); thirty three joints; more than one hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments. As with any structure, when something isn’t correct in the foundation, it’s affects are felt upward (like a chain reaction) through the entirety of the structure.
Lower back pain, hip and pelvic issues, even back/neck pain can be caused by tightness and weakness within the feet. A common dysfunction we often see in the feet is fallen arches (posterior tibial tendon dysfunction). Our arches act as shock absorbers helping to keep the rest of the joints through-out our body spacious and free. When they collapse we loose buoyancy and our joints become compressed and movement restricted.
One of the reasons for dysfunction within our feet is the shoes that we wear. Because shoes restrict the natural bio-mechanical function of our feet; our feet then have a tendency to weaken or lock. It’s not just fancy pointed shoes or high heels that do this. Most shoes restrict our feet in some way. Another reason our feet get weak is that we don’t spend enough time on them due to sedentary lifestyles.
How can we take better care of our feet?
Reflexology is like an acupressure treatment for feet. Each reflex point correlates to an organ within the body. Reflexology increases energy and vitality throughout the body whilst freeing the feet of restriction. Regular reflexology is an effective treatment for the feet and overall health, helping many with conditions like Crohn’s disease. Give yourself reflexology at home with these Revs reflexology sandals.
Italian Yoga Teacher, Venda Scaravelli, encourages us to carry our body and “walk well as animals do”, spreading the weight of gravity throughout our entire foot. Encouraging us to practice walking carefully barefoot in order to train the feet and its effects on the posture. This focused approach; using the feet in this way can be applied to any type of movement. As we do this, restricted areas reveal space that can lift and extend your whole body, creating a sense buoyancy and elastic responsiveness.
Free your feet
It’s easy to free your feet. Simply take your shoes off and walk as often as possible, walk around the house feeling the floor beneath your feet, or walk outside on the grass. Your weight should be spread evenly between the outer edge of the foot and the big toe. Try different ways of walking, for example on your tip toes or on the edges of your feet. Be playful and notice how the body responds. If you’d like to learn more book online to get started.