Over recent weeks we've been waking up our feet in class. Spreading our toes, wiggling them and even doing the odd bit of Toega. Doing a mexican wave with the toes creates some giggles and sound effects! Some of us have been spending a little time barefoot outside of class. Including doing crazy things like walking on pebbled beaches unshod. Or even playing tennis barefoot.
Why bother? If our feet aren't strong, flexible and responsive then this can impact our alignment and even cause pain up our bodies. Pain caused by weak and inflexible feet can be felt in our knees, hips, backs and even in our necks. As Daniel Howell points out in the barefoot book, research shows that going barefoot strengthens our feet, makes them more flexible and improves body alignment. Feet are our platform on the earth, without them we can't do much.
Just to prove that our feet can be trained to do the most amazing things, have a look at the below.
The photo is from one of my students Hilly, drinking a cup of coffee with her foot. Amazing!
The two videos are of Kim, another student. The first shows Kim tying a knot, in the air, with her feet! This is a late night party game in Kim's family. The second shows Kim picking things up with her feet. A skill she mastered when her son was little, enabling her to hold him in one arm whilst she still be able to pick things up. Brilliant stuff.
So, set your feet free. It just feels great and may well do you a lot of good!
A massive thank you to Hilly and Kim for allowing me to share the below. Superstars.