Take care of your feet – Earth to Body
Take care of your feet – Our feet connect us to the earth. As the creators of Earth to Body natural skin care we think a lot about the feet. Your toes. Your heels. Your arch. Your soles. Our feet connect to every organ and every other ‘spirit’ in the body. Ask your reflexologist, osteopath, physio, massage therapist. Ask a runner in training. Ask a football player. Ask if they prefer to practice in bare feet?
Rest. Stand. Walk. Trot. Run. Flee.
All extraordinary ‘’feets.”
These incredible appendages can dictate how our entire body functions.
We believe in barefoot. Do you ever envy children who love to run, prance, jump barefoot? They seem to fly. As concerned parents, we may remind them to ‘Please put on your shoes.” They oblige and the next moment, when no one is looking, they toss the shoes and run free. They soar over rough ground, stones, and dance among the tree roots. Fearless.
As a young child, I wore ‘oxfords’ and visited shoe stores where I could view my foot bones in those ‘insane cancer ‘ machines. That was the 50’s when new technology was always trusted. We never even questioned NOT to wear shoes.
Reading Christopher McDougall’s ‘Born to Run’ has helped me to understand why barefoot is best. Many athletes train only in bare feet. The Tarahumara Indian, upon whom the book is based, wear bare feet until their early teens. They then don thin sandals to help protect the feet on their long mountainous, canyon runs over rough rock and blade cutting cactus. Some protection is necessary. But ‘thin’ still allows the foot to experience the earth.
I wish barefoot were more acceptable and possible. Imagine a potential job applicant arriving for an interview, barefoot? A doctor in scrubs, operating, barefoot? A high-rise crane operator climbing that ladder into the sky, barefoot? A chef, cooking up a storm, barefoot? What about a firefighter in an intense blaze, barefoot? Not practical, not safe.
When barefoot, we can exercise the 33 joints and the more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments in our feet. There are 26 bones in the feet, over one-quarter of the entire bones in the body.
If you have foot pain, knee pain, hip pain, back pain, ask yourself? Could my shoes be contributing?
We often choose shoes with heels that are too high, shoes with arches, foams, air pockets. The market always has a new and improved version of a sneaker or shoe for all age and activity.
People who wear a flat sneaker, flat shoe, or sandal often do NOT experience the same issues as those who wear the expensive, marketed, recommended footwear.
Flip Flops seem to work. Moccasins, wonderful! Expensive $300.00 new fangled sneakers? You might want to question them. We hear about the ‘high heel
Problem, but we do not hear about the shoes that are shaped, arched etc… problems high heels cause.
Take care of your feet. You only have one pair.
Consider your shoe choice. Go barefoot when possible, whenever you feel free. We may not be able to offer you all those opportunities, but we can offer you the additional nourishment.
We have the miraculous neem salve for many foot issues. Our argan neem foot cream is ideal maintenance, and our Dead Sea salt spa makes a wonderful foot bath. Our Clay-Neem, although most often used as a facial, is also a wonderful foot soak. Our butters (Sheamu and Shargan) can improve the feet tremendously, soothing cracks, calluses and dryness. Dance upon the earth. Love your feet.
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