The most intelligent species on the planet, connect with mother Earth through their stake on the ground, their Feet. The intellectual genre pay more money and attention for the cosmetic beauty of their face, and neglect their feet. You know….an average moderately active person walks around 7500 steps per day. If they maintain the same daily average and live until 80 years of age, they have walked about 216,262,500 steps in their lifetime. Doing the math, the average stride for that person living until 80, means has walked a distance of around 110,000 miles in their lifetime. Which is equivalent of walking about 5 times around the Earth, right on the equator. Oh man…. who makes that long walk possible on Earth’s uneven surfaces. The pair of feet are the most trusted friend, strong enough to absorb body weight and to propel our body forward several times a day.
Man’s both feet together contain one-fourth of all bones in human body. Each feet is equipped with 26 bones, 33 joints and 112 ligaments to help us perform our daily activities each day. Ask the reflexology experts, how important soles are! The soles are packed with very sensitive receptors that provide access to internal organs and hold many energy points linked to almost every part of the body. And according to Ayurveda they contain four marmas- junction of vital energy points with therapeutic benefits.
Why we don’t we treat them well, who help us achieve our goals. Most of us have faced sore feet at some time during our lifetime, may be because of a job that required long standings during eight hours of shift. Think of athletes, sportsmen whose life depends on those pair of feet to achieve excellence and meet the expectations of their followers. That’s why Ayurveda categorize them as Karmendriya-an Organ of Action like hands.
Wearing well-fitted and comfortable shoes, do reduce immediate wear and tear to certain extent. Feet need more care and attention, than we render them. Ayurvedic self-care practices designed to support healthy functioning of different organs, kindles radiance through out the body. The massage of largest organ in our body-skin and foot improves blood circulation and thereby mobilize the toxins accumulated beneath the skin surface and ultimately improves physiology and performance. Sesame oil massage brings relaxation, revitalization, endurance and prevents cracking. If you have trouble going to sleep, try oil massage on your feet. The research indicates, varied therapeutic benefits of foot massage, such as in Depression, Insomnia disorders.
Foundation upon which we stand, needs little more love and attention from us. Pope Francis’s recent ritual and gesture of service towards marginalized people by washing feet of 12 inmates in Italian prison. This kind gesture though conveys the Jesus message of hope and love to those who fell into path of violence. However, its also the path to one’s heart. The Indian tradition teaches their children from very young age to worship feet of teachers, parents, young girls, elders, and God for their blessings.
Writing on ‘Importance of Foot care’ is in continuation of my reflection to contribute to Vibrant Healthy Communities. I’d love to hear, how often you care about your feet!