Take a Seat, Use Your Feet (1a)

Step into a new massage career with barefoot massage. This course is a prerequisite for the LIVE - GO BAREFOOT course where you will practice and play for two days using your feet to give an amazing massage while sitting on a stool at the head of the table.

Take a Seat and Use Your FEET

Look and FEEL

This section contains a brief video (from Jim's footage) that shows some seated barefoot massage manipulations and gets students excited about learning and gives them an idea of what they will be learning in class.

This section also contains content about feeling with your feet...

Feeling with Your Feet 

talk about how its similar to using your hands. what is the brain doing that is the same? What is the brain doing that is different? how is the anatomy of the foot and the hand the same and different?

  • bones, tendons, muscles, nerve endings 

  • why you can feel with your feet including anatomy and physiology

  • what parts of the foot pressure feels best on

Let's Go Barefoot

Congratulations on taking the first step into your new massage career. 

Feeling with your Feet

“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” Leonardo da Vinci

The foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. A quarter of the body’s bones are in the feet.

From the Barefoot Professor

The human foot is one of the most masterfully-designed parts of the body. It is often ignored and mistreated, but it is literally the foundation of the body, the base upon which we stand. It is also the only part of the body (when bare) that is in constant contact with our environment.

Innervation. The soles of your feet are one of the most nerve-rich parts of your body. The three most highly innervated parts of your body are your hands, your face (particulary the lips) and your feet. Why the feet? The feet (when bare) are the only part of your body that is in constant contact with your environment. With over 100,000 nerve endings per foot, tactile feedback from the soles of your feet provide a wealth of information to your brain about the ground upon which you tread. Whether you are walking or running, that information is used to make adjustments (within milliseconds) to your gait, the goal always being to reduce impact forces on your joints and body. Of course, this information is also used to warn you of dangerous terrain or injurous objects. Unfortunately, most footwear creates a ‘shoe-induced neuropathy’ because the thick outersole and cushioned innersole eliminate sensory feedback.

Continuing our Foot Anatomy 101 series, I’d like to discuss the role of natural biofeedback to the proper mechanics of walking and running. Natural biofeedback [1] is the gathering of information from body receptors in order to monitor and fine-tune body functions. The brain relies on sensory receptors to gather that information. There are three types of receptors in the human body: exteroceptors, interoceptors and proprioceptors. Exteroceptors gather information from the outside world; interoceptors gather information from internal organs and proprioceptors keep track of body position. When the brain issues a command to move it receives biofeedback from receptors to ensure that the movement is going as planned. When walking, much of that biofeedback comes from exteroceptors in the soles of the feet. Biofeedback has been underappreciated by podiatrists and foot specialists for decades, but scientists (and runners) are beginning to gain a deeper understanding of its role in human ambulation. With an estimated 100,000 - 200,000 exteroceptors in the sole of each foot, your feet are among the most nerve-rich parts of your body. This fact alone should demonstrate the importance of touch to walking and the benefit of going bare for walking properly. But why are there so many nerve endings in the feet? How do those sensitive soles aid walking? Stand up and walk around (barefoot). When standing and walking, the sole of your foot is the sole part of your body in touch with the environment [2]. Sensory information from the foot is used to protect the foot itself from injury, but it’s also used by the brain to make subtle adjustments in your gait to protect bones and joints all the way up your body and to maximize the efficiency of your movements. In others words, it makes walking more fluid and graceful and safe. It takes only milliseconds for sensory information from your foot to reach your brain and for your brain to respond by making adjustments to muscles in your legs, back and arms. By contrast, walking in shoes is far more clumsy and inefficient due (in part) to impaired biofeedback. Muscle contractions, impact forces and joint range-of-motion are measurably different when barefoot [3-8].

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Let's Get Physical

Body Mechanics- This section contains a short video of a student getting on and off the stool seated at the head of the table. 

Paying attention to details such as when to keep your arches together, what the non-working foot is doing, bolsters and props for the client 

This section also recommends self care techniques for improving ability to sit at the head of the table on a stool (stretching psoas), foot care, hygiene considerations, props such as heating pads, hot towels, foot warmers, eye cover, recommended lubricant. 

Also is benefits for the therapist for choosing their feet over their hands

Foot Hygience

Tips for Successful Practice

How is this practice the same as and different from practices that use the han

The Right Time to Go Barefoot

Benefits and Indications

Contraindications and Cautions

Intake, Informed Consent and Disclosure for seated barefoot massage

Barefoot Terminology

Muscles, Bones and Landmarks

Technique names

The Pressure Scale

Ethics, Professionalism, Certification

Ethics & Certification

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