When I first read this quote by Thich Nhat Hanh many years ago, it evoked a whole body response of gratitude. Our feet are the hands that touch the earth. Fine tuning sensory feedback, like an artist, many of you will have heard me say this in our dance sessions. Its a key to a doorway of gratitude in present moment.
With each foot having 7,000 nerve endings, 33 joints, 26 bones and over 100 muscles it is a complex and incredible part of our body. This isn't about facts and numbers, its pausing to think about the incredible complexity within part of you that allows you to move. So kick off your shoes and walk, dance, play and run.
If the idea of barefoot doesn't fill you with this delight, or perhaps makes you pull back and squirm, take a moment to sense the palms of your hands, allow you fingers to rub into your palms with gentle caress and how do your hands touch another? A handshake, a pet, a hug, a lover, partner? Fine tune your sensory awareness, like an artist fine tunes their sense of sight, hearing or touch. Pay close attention. Feel it. What is it that feels pleasurable? Now imagine that feeling in the soles of your feet.
So many of us take walking for granted, and yet it is highly complex. Often its not till we loose something that we realize how much we took it for granted.
Loss of mobility can have a major psychological impact on an individual.
Almost a third of GP consultations for musculoskeletal problems relate to pain in the foot and ankle, and a total of 2.2 million working days were lost in Britain in 2014–2015 because of work-related disorders of the leg, such as osteoarthritis and tendonitis. Problems such as bunions, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, claw toe, hammer toe can all be a result of an imbalance between tension and compression in the muscles and fascia. Addressing this is not only looking at the foot but at the whole body.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is a web that threads through every part of us. Fascia surrounds every organ, every nerve, blood vessel, around and through every muscle and joint. Fascia thickens to become tendons and ligaments, its becomes almost invisible, like silk gossamer,as it moves between fluidity and instant strength. It surrounds and is within your heart. Its a web, when one part moves, everything feels it. It is intelligent. Your fascia relays information throughout your body and to your brain. It is why many ancient therapies, alternative medicine and original