Our feet are a very important part of our anatomy. They help us to move around. They were so important to our ancestors that a unit of measurement was centred around the foot.
For thousands of years our ancestors walked barefoot. What, you say? I don’t have any ancestors who walked around barefoot. Well, in that case, you just haven’t traced your ancestors back far enough. It is a fact that every one of us had many ancestors who walked around in bare feet.
Their first shoes were made from leather and during the last fifty years, the soles of shoes have moved away from natural products to synthetic products. Instead of walking in leather shoes as our parents or grandparents used to, we now wear some form of plastic soled shoes.
Our feet are the most sensitive part in our body. There are about 1300 nerve endings per square inch (2.5 square centimetres) of skin on the soles of our feet. All those nerves come from different parts of our body. This is why Reflexology works so well.
Reflexology was formed on the premise that every part of the foot affects some part of the body. So now you can see why. If there are 1300 nerve endings per square inch (2.5 square centimetres) of our foot, there are enough nerves there to reach all of our body. In Reflexology, every part of our foot is stimulated with massage to benefit our whole system.
Looking after our feet is very important otherwise many things can go wrong with them and this makes it difficult for us to walk.
The state of our feet can also tell us the state our body is in. If we have any of the following we know we have to do something about them - corns, warts, blisters, cracked heels, ingrown toenails, hammer toes, psoriasis, tinea, sweaty feet, hot feet, cold feet, pain, calluses.
Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
Walking barefoot is good for our feet as it helps to sensitize all those nerve endings. Because we encase our feet in solid shoes, we lose the sensitivity in them. By walking barefoot it increases their sensitivity. This has been found to be of benefit to people with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
As these diseases progress, balance is lost and people can tend to walk in a shuffling movement and with feet wider apart to get their balance. Stimulating their feet by walking barefoot and by using Reflexology may help to bring them into balance.
It is also very important to walk barefoot on the Earth, that is, on the garden grass, in a park or at the beach on the sand. Walking barefoot brings our body into balance with the earth. Science has now been able to prove that the electrical energies of the earth are of great benefit to us. To maintain you health or to improve it, walk in bare feet for 30 minutes daily in contact with the earth.
It has been shown that walking barefoot on the earth each day can ease the inflammation in our body. It is now recognised that inflammation causes many major diseases like diabetes and heart problems.
Earthing by Clinton Ober, Stephen T Sinatra MD & Martin Zucker
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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