I’ve recently began studying Reflexology, part of my massage therapist training and know of the points within our hands and feet that stimulate and clear blockages within our system. Our teacher (a retired Podiatrist) recalled his treatments of finding out a woman was pregnant before anyone else knew or how thumb-walking across the big toe can help calm an Autistic child or prepare a student to take a test. For me he located a displaced cuboid bone and gently massaged it back where it belonged with wonderful results in the way my foot felt afterwards and the new strength found in my arch.
One of our neuromuscular teachers showed images of women in third world countries carrying large vessels of water onto their heads. Wearing only flip flops he pointed out that these women were healthier in their Crone years than most teens or twenty-somethings are today. This he said was because their footwear did what our thick athletic soled shoes in the USA do not; allowed contact with the contours of the land. This foot-earth contact allowed for the foot to adapt to the ground, small stones, and soft soil. The flimsy flip flops allowed their feet to flex, to let the toes propel them forward in their natural gait.
Our Kinesiology (the study of how the body moves) teacher once gave us exercises for our feet, ones that would move our toes out sideways and back, a movement simple enough, and one we see babies and children perform with ease. To our embarrassment most of the class could not flex their big toe away from the pack. Further, when walking in our natural gait most of us did not spring forward from our toes, we pronated inward collapsing the arch of our foot. Our stunted gait indicated muscle weakness along the inside of our feet and many of us discovered we were beginning to show the signs of bunions forming.
We forget that good health often begins at the bottom, the ground floor,
and we neglect our feet beyond the nail polish or nail clipping.
While many can’t book a Reflexology session a simple solution might be in giving yourself or a loved one a foot massage to stimulate blood flow. Wiggle the toes as in the “This Little Piggy” kids’ game to activate the muscles that move them. Flex your toes, spread them wide. Walk outside barefoot in the grass (be mindful of large or sharp stones or hidden objects that could cut your feet). Connect with the earth and allow yourself to become grounded. This is a good time to allow negative energy to be released from your body down and out via your feet into the ground. Breathe deeply, taste the scent of the air. Walking can be meditative or a mini-vacation from stress. There are books on the market now expounding the benefits of walking barefoot outdoors such as Mark Sisson’s “Primal Connection”, or, “Earthing: The most important health discovery ever?” by Clinton Ober, Stephen Sinatra M.D. and Martin Zucker. Some Chiropractors and Acupuncturists are advising their clients to go outside for a walk…barefoot, over small smooth pebbles.
Growing up on a Missouri farm I ran around outside barefoot all summer if possible, even now I spend as much time without shoes as I can and feeling the grass beneath my feet is as refreshing as a long soak in a hot, lavender scented tub.
Try this approach to self-healing, to reconnecting your energy to Mother Earth. Not only does a few minutes outside barefoot in my yard give me a feeling of peace but it offers my cat a grand time of stalking my bare toes in the grass. She seems to enjoy me padding about as connected to the earth as she is.
By walking barefoot over open countryside, early man was inadvertently enjoying the benefits of reflexology, a therapeutic form of foot massage. Both ancient Chinese and Egyptian cultures extolled the healing effects of reflexology on the entire body. (Self-Healing Techniques: Reflexology, The Complete Guide to Natural Healing)
Janice has written four books for History Press. She is a certified Reiki Master and blends her skills in energy work/healing with her continuing study of aromatherapy, herbs, and crystals. She is currently working to complete a 900 hour massage therapy certification.
Active in the paranomal field she works with mediumship, dowsing and intensive historical research with her team, the ParaNatural Research Association. Janice gives lectures across Missouri on the paranormal and the historical significance of haunted locations in the state and has given several radio and TV interviews on the subject of ghosts and hauntings. Janice is a staff writer for the upcoming Paranormal Investigator Magazine. You can find her at http://janicenoxparanormal.wix.com/noxparanormalproject or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/janice.tremeear