Your feet have over 7,000 nerves each, and they correspond to every organ and system of your body! Reflexology has been around for thousands of years, and no wonder: the feet are a powerhouse of information and data gathering for the entire body and brain. But they can also be used to INPUT new data into those same channels of communication between your feet and your organs and systems.
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Rolling on a spike ball is kind of like a massage for the nerves and tiny muscles of your foot. This is less about massaging your soft tissue, and far more about bringing attention to those 7,000 channels of communication between your feet and your brain, which is all about those 7,000 organs, functions and systems whose data is stored in the feet.
Feet are a tremendous source of information for your brain. Unfortunately, most of us neglect our feet. And no, I’m not talking about getting pedicures and foot massages…though those are nice 😉
I’m talking about neglecting what our feet need to stay adept communicators to our brain. The feet need stimulation in the form of contact with the ground, with unstable surfaces, with the earth you walk on. Because we wear shoes so often (many people even wear shoes indoors!) our feet have become lazy, weak, inept at sending signals to our brains that help us maintain balance, proper posture and circulation to name just a few.
In addition to rolling your feet on a spiky ball, I encourage you to WALK BAREFOOT in grass as often as possible. This stimulates the same nerves but in different and equally beneficial ways. Barefoot walking helps maintain the vestibular system, which regulates balance. Walking barefoot stimulates not just the nerves in your feet but your muscles too and cues your brain to be more alert and aware of your surroundings…increasing proprioception for your ENTIRE BODY.
Proprioception is critical for movement and maintaining physical activity and health through our lives. I wrote a whole blog post about proprioception (and fascia’s role in this critical brain body function). You can find it by clicking here.
Rolling on the spiky ball can increase circulation, stimulate brain body communication that may help your brain become aware of dysfunction and cue a healing cycle for everything from blood pressure to organ health.
Give this a try and tell me how you feel after by commenting below! I love hearing from you.
STOP if you have plantar fasciitis. I don’t recommend this technique. Here’s what I recommend instead:
Sometimes targeting your feet when you’re experiencing heel pain or pain in your arches can make the pain worse. If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, I want to help you eliminate it at the source instead of only looking at the site of pain (as most doctors, podiatrists, orthopedists etc will do in the case of PF).
Did you know I created a course specifically to help you make sense of and eliminate plantar fasciitis?
Tell me – are your feet getting the stimulation they need? What happens in your whole body after trying the spiky ball technique? Comment below and share your thoughts and experiences, I love hearing from you!