With the time change tomorrow, I can’t help but think about Spring!
I don’t know about you, but I think this winter has dragged on long enough, thank you very much! I long for warmer weather, easy footwear, and enjoying more outdoor activities. Though, I’m not quite ready to put away my winter gear, my Lems Primal2 and SoftStar sandals wait for me.
If you are new to minimalist footwear, I encourage you to start slow. Build up your wearing time gradually. It took at least a year before I was out of heeled shoes completely. Today, even slippers with the smallest heel cause me lower back pain within minutes.
When looking for summer sandals, look for a pair with a strap that goes around the ankle. Flip-flops and strapless shoes are terrible culprits for creating hammertoe as the only way to keep them on your feet is to grip with your toes.
If you’re determined to buy a fashionable pair with a heel, keep in mind, any time we wear a heel, we are changing our musculoskeletal alignment which in turn alters the other body systems. There are seven body systems: Nervous System, Endocrine System, Respiratory System, Cardiovascular System, Digestive System, Urinary/Renal System, Immune and Lymphatic Systems, Reproductive System, and the Musculoskeletal System. When one system goes out of whack, in this case, the musculoskeletal system, all the other systems will follow suit, to some degree or other. Believe me, I work on people to help undo a lifetime of poor footwear choices, by reducing their pain, and bringing their body systems back to a state of homeostasis.
For those of you who think heels don’t hurt our bodies, here’s a graphic.
The figure on the left is no heel. The middle figure shows exactly how a heel throws our body out of alignment. The figure on the right shows how we curve our spine, move our ankles, knees, and pelvis, to correct our body position. Not only is it bad for us, it’s exhausting!
This image is from Katy Bowman’s book Whole Body Barefoot. She suggests, “Want to experience the math for yourself? Go to a free-standing bookshelf and put this book under either the right or left side to see how far the bookshelf tips. ”
It’s an interesting exercise!
In other news, there are a few changes to the website. I’ve added the videos to the Q&A page and hope to add more videos over time. Please ask questions!
You may notice changes to my teaching schedule. My February class was the only course this year. There are many great RAC (Reflexology Association of Canada) teachers. Check out the RAC BC Chapter website to find a teacher near you.
I’m on Instagram! You can follow me at: brinjacksonreflexology.
I’ve added a page for a monthly promo/giveaway. I hope you’ll check to see what’s on offer each month!
I enjoy hearing from you, so please keep the questions coming! You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wish you a delightful Spring!
P.S. I receive no kickback by mentioning Lems, or Softstar. They are shoes I enjoy wearing. I reference Katy Bowman, Biomechanist, for the wealth of information in her books and website.