Why We Train Barefoot
By Dana Varela, OPTI Performance Enhancement Specialist
Have you ever gone through a spooky house at Halloween in pitch, black darkness? Using your sense of touch to find your way through every unknown bend and surprising turn? I bet you trusted your hands to feel and find that safe path, protecting your blinded movement forward, right? The brain relies on this proprioceptive information our hands provide. Well, our feet are no different. The brain equally imparts feedback from our feet to allow our bodies to move through space safely.
Our skin is covered with over 600,000 sensory receptors that feed our brain with the information we need to know like where we are in space, if we are cold, if we are in danger, or what just plain feels good. These nerve endings provide our brain with knowledge of what our body is or should be doing consciously and unconsciously. Your feet touch the ground first. Messages are sent to the brain, then the central nervous system, then to muscle fibers in your legs, hips, trunk and all the way up your body to make efficient movements happen. So what happens when this first source of sensing environmental information is covered? TO CONTINUE READING