Free Your Feet

Thank goodness it’s Friday!

This morning I woke up extra early and laid in bed lucid dreaming, meditating,  and just honoring my thoughts. After getting up and doing my usual yoga routine, I took my dogs outside.

However, today, I went out barefoot. I felt the grass between my toes and I listened to the birds signing and I smelled the spring air. This great way to end the week and start the weekend, feeling refreshed and grounded.

As a parent, I remember the pediatrician telling me that the kids should spend time in shoes, as well as barefoot, for the best development. If it’s good for the kids, it’s good for us.

Take time this weekend to kick off your shoes and walk around barefoot, in the house and outside. I know I will. Now that spring is here, we should be enjoying the ability to do this. Be a kid again and have fun feeling the dirt, rocks, or the grass in between your toes and on the souls of your feet. I am sure this stimulation is good for you since there are millions of nerve endings in your feet and therapies such as massage, accupressure and reflexology are becoming more popular and more mainstream.

What is reflexology? According to well-known doctor, Andrew Weil M.D.’s website:

“Reflexology is a therapy based on the principle that there are small and specific areas of innervation in the hands and feet that correspond to specific muscle groups or organs of the body. In this system, the nerve endings in the extremities provide a “map” of the rest of the body. Examples are the base of the little toe representing the ear, or the ball of the foot representing the lung. Through the application of pressure on particular areas of the hands or feet, reflexology is said to promote benefits such as the relaxation of tension, improvement of circulation, and support of normalized function in the related area in the body.”

Foot Reflexology Chart

According to this train of thought, wouldn’t going barefoot help reduce tension, improve circulation and improve other conditions? Maybe? Whether or not it does, I do know it feels good and it makes me feel happy and free. That is one step towards well-being. That’s good enough for me…

So, take some time out of your shoes this weekend and give yourself a treat. You might even be improving your health.

free your feet

free your feet

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