For anyone that’s seen me as a clinician, a common word used for my treatment style is different and “unorthodox.”
It becomes apparent when you first walk into the clinic.
Shoes are not welcomed.
I’ve contemplated making shoes forbidden when you walk in the clinic, there’s a lot to be said for being barefoot….I’m always barefoot
Through the last few years of observation, I’ve noticed that people barely look at their feet, let alone touch them and get them moving.
This is problematic.
You see, you evolved to be bipedal. You rely on your feet to sense where you are in relation to the ultimate force of gravity.
Your feet are your stability point. You are rooted to the ground by your feet. All position sensing of your body relies on your feet.
When I was a kid, my mother would constantly be telling me to put my shoes back on. My feet were always dirty and feeling the ground, as I was exploring the world and establishing motor patterns.
Living in Arizona I was constantly told for my protection I needed shoes, I wrestled with what was expected of me and the constriction of my Justin Ropers.
But I returned to my childhood.
Feel free to ask to see my feet in motion. They are more mobile and stable than they’ve been in my life. They are also dirty on most occasions! I’m feeling the world with my feet.
If you visit me, I’ll encourage you to do the same. You may find the world is smooth and bumpy, hard and soft, cold and warm. You’ll see how adaptable you are to such changes.
As you feel yourself get rooted to the ground, you might feel your body naturally be upright, just as you earned the first time you stood up.
You might awaken the inner child that wants to play, explore, and experience the ground under your feet.
You might feel your abdominals, lats and glutes come alive.
I don’t trust clean feet to help you gain stability. It might take getting a little dirty, doing work to earn the stability you crave.
It can start by taking off your shoes and experience the world, and your stability, through your feet
Be passionate…take action…
A little from Dr. Dan, a little from Lisa but always a lot of good stuff!