During the covid lockdown, I bought a little sign for my bathroom that read…
If you have ever watched a child learn to walk, you know that balance is a learned skill that improves as the child expands her balancing activities to include things like jumping, spinning, climbing, or walking on walls.
When was the last time you saw an adult doing such activities?
When was the last time you did?
Balance is something that we take for granted
until it’s no longer there.
Balance requires regular attention if we are to operate at and feel our best.
Our body’s ability to perceive where it is and how it is moving is called proprioception. Proprioception is like an internal messaging system.
Proprioceptors relay information to our central nervous system which then triggers an appropriate response. It’s something our bodies do continuously and unconsciously, which is why we can walk without thinking about it; and it’s present in every muscle movement we have.
Small nerve proprioceptors are located in the foot and hand skin; they are also within our fascia. Although smaller in size, feet and hand proprioceptors provide faster and more finite joint position information, and if properly trained, they can enhance joint stability.
This is the goal of our new barefoot training classes!
This summer we introduced a new Active Living class called Barefoot Strong. We are now ready to add a sister class in our specialty offerings: Barefoot Balance.
If you would like to learn more about these classes and the differences between them, join us this coming Friday, July 22, for Coffee & Conversation where we will answer the question: Is Barefoot Balance for Me?
This one-hour FREE event will be held in the studio at 11:45AM.