Did you know that your feet evolved to provide you with fine-tuned feedback about your environment, and that they’re also super capable of articulating a real-time response to that environment?
If you’re looking at your feet right now and are thinking you need a pedicure (keep going, that’s not the point), and that they seem to function more like flippers than the kind of feet I’m talking about, consider how your feet spend the majority of your day.
Actually, better yet, imagine you’re on the beach. (Maybe you are, then yay for you.) You’re taking a walk on the sand. Up close to the dunes the sand feels hot, but fine and smooth. It’s deep, too, and feels somewhat challenging to walk on, so not only your foot but your whole body to effort through it.
As you start getting closer to the water, the beach slopes downward. You walk alongside the water briefly because you saw something that sparked your interest and want to investigate, your feet will be balancing on an incline. The grains of sand feel courser now, and are interspersed with stones and seaweed. It starts to feel cooler. Damp.
The waves beckon you, and you head their way. With each step you poke a hole in the sand that is now filled with water. Cool. You wiggle your toes and it feels good. The sand and soon the waves envelope your feet, caressing, gently exfoliating them. There’s a rocky part near the shore and the rocks are covered with snails and barnacles. It hurts a little. You gingerly walk across them trying to balance –– watch out some of them are green-covered and slippery –– until aaaahh you make it out to the firm ridges of a sandbar.
Ok, now imagine you’re in the city. (Maybe you are, and then let’s go to the beach ya?). You put on your shoes and head off to work. Your shoes most likely have a small incline in them, as most shoes do, and that’s the position your foot stays in for the rest of the day. It’s frowned upon to have your feet on your chair so they stay down by the floor because that’s where feet go, right? (How the rest of your body feels after a day of sitting like this is a story for another time).
Maybe you take your feet to the gym, or on a run, or to yoga but if not, the most exciting thing that happens to your feet all day is tripping off a curb or sidestepping a puddle of (what IS that??) and then you’re not even able to do so very skillfully because, well, your feet have only been in one position all day and they can’t really feel the ground so they never saw it coming. So, you take your soggy, flipper-feet home.
I’m being dramatic to make a point 😉 I get it. You need to go to work and you like living in the city. Me too!
That’s why I made this video to help you give your feet a little TLC. So they can feel better, move better and explore varied sensations and ranges of motion that a more natural environment might offer.