As our base of support, feet are pretty darn important, when it comes to how our body is functioning--and feeling--as a whole.
Because most modern-day feet are jammed into modern-day shoes all day long, the 33 joints we have in EACH of our feet (what?!) are unable to move as they were designed to move. This causes them to stiffen up and act more as a solid block, rather than an uber-mobile foot.
Body comfort starts at the base
If our base isn't moving as it was designed to move, what do you think that is doing to everything that is balanced on top of that base?
When our feet aren’t able to use their full range of motion, that affects our ankles, and legs, and pelvis and back, all the way up to our necks and heads.
So how do we get our feet moving again? I’ll show you the first, simple step below.
Your feet are mapped in your brain
As I discussed in my post on cortical maps, we have areas in our brain that are dedicated to certain parts of our bodies, and when things aren't regularly moving on their own--as they were designed to do--they can become mapped together.
Today's #tuesdaytip is all about remapping our feet in our brains. I'm not using much pressure here. The intent isn't a foot massage, rather it's about a gentle waking up of the entire base of the foot.
Take off your shoes and socks, and I suggest taking a walk around the house beforehand, to get a baseline sense of how your feet feel, contacting the ground.
After that, take any ball you can find (here I'm using a squishy golf ball) and then start with your right foot and roll the ball all over the base of that foot--onto the bottom of your toes, up into you arch, on your heel, etc. Then take another walk, to see how that right foot now feels.
Changes in sensation and movement
When I do this, I feel as if my foot is more connected to the ground and I can sense more movement throughout my joints and arches.
Now switch to the other foot, then take another walk and let me know in the comments below how your feet feel!
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Who is Kristen Stephen?
Kristen Stephen is a bodyworker, practicing integrative manual therapy, in Nederland, Colorado. Her mission is to help people live lives with less pain and more joy.
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