A question - 70% of our brains information about movement comes from our eyes, ears or feet? That’s the information which helps with balance, spacial awareness and posture.
Our feet, the furthest part of our body from the brain, send that 70%, the eyes 10% and ears 20%. Our feet must be strong to support us but they also need to be flexible and buoyant for good health. Tension and tightness in the feet can be indicators of stress and tension held in the lower back, hips, shoulders or poor posture.
Our feet are so far from our brains, it’s no surprise they get very little attention. Spending time to reduce tension in the feet may not only help solve those physical issues, it can be hugely helpful in allowing you to feel more grounded. And you can use this to your benefit. Anytime you are stressed, anxious or nervous, instead of fidgeting, you can bring your attention to how your feet feel on the earth to help channel that nervous energy into the ground. Above are some tips from Foot Works a programme I designed for those who stand for long periods of time in the workplace. No matter who you are, it's worth taking time to work towards having happy healthy feet.
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