Feet. Mine. Your. Our.

Where did the time go?

From March until now, I’ve been busy completing the Reflexology Association of Canada’s Teacher Training program. I am presently working on chapter outlines for teaching students how to become reflexologists. I love the challenge and learning, but even more so, I love the miraculousness of the human body. Okay. Perhaps that’s not a word, but I like it.

Think about it. What do you put your body through, on a daily basis?

I think we treat our bodies badly. For the most part, we give them little thought. They function without a whimper – until perhaps one day — a reality-check in the form of a healing crisis finally gets our attention. An emphasis on “finally.”

If someone suggested four years ago I would be an established practitioner and teacher of reflexology, I would have laughed at them.

I realize how deeply committed I am to reflexology. I’ve experienced its benefits – for over ten years.

I want to teach what I practice.

Did you know the human body has 206 bones? 26 of those bones are in each foot; 27 bones are in each hand. That’s 106 bones in our hands and feet alone! (Aren’t I clever – I can add!)

Our feet tend to be the last part of our body we look at, or care for.

The foot has approximately 30 muscles. Add ligaments and tendons, 33 joints, 7200 nerves and a network of blood vessels, skin, and soft tissue in each foot and that’s a mighty impressive piece of hardware.

Our feet need all this to support us while we stand, tiptoe, walk, jog, dance, and climb. They bear and propel our body weight and help to maintain balance. Our feet can adapt to different surfaces and absorb shock. And — we take them for granted.

Until I took the anatomy/physiology component of my training, I had no idea there are 150 potential positions of the foot.

Is it any wonder, a flaw or problem in any one part of the foot can result in the development of problems elsewhere in the body? Think back pain.

Why then, are we surprised when corns, calluses, bunions, muscle aches and pains etc. come to visit our feet?

It should be obvious. From infancy our feet are encased in some sort of footwear.

Imagine confining your hands in tight leather mittens for eight hours a day, every day of your life, with fingers and thumbs barely able to wiggle. In no time, you’d lose dexterity and mobility.

We can create some great foot habits at this time of year.

I encourage you to walk barefoot as much as possible.

Start doing foot exercises like ‘yoga toes’ to stimulate all those unused muscles, or check out Katy Bowman’s foot exercises in her book titled, “Everywoman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief.”

To quote Katy, “And guys, although the title and cover are geared towards women, this book is written for any person who is seeking a primer on optimal alignment and looking to establish a foundation that restores health.”


Your feet will thank you for it!