So often when Rolfing, I’m looking to help the client connect with the things that support their posture. During 2nd of the 10 series we look at the feet. Ensuring they are adaptable & flexible, but in the bigger sense we are looking for the feet to connect with the ground. So often we ignore our feet phrases like “my feet are killing me” say a lot about how we think about our feet. During the 2nd session I’ll encourage you to pay attention to what your feet can feel. By paying attention you will feed the movement areas of your brain beautiful info that it will relish, & use to coordinate your balance & movements. We are developing proprioception the sense of where our body parts are in space.
“The griping of the toes is the gripping of the mind” B.K.S Iyengar
When I teach Yoga people often try & grip with their feet, toes claw down with white knuckles & the whole foot is hard. Spending effort trying to grip something as large as the earth with something as small as your feet is a bit daft. So in class & when Rolfing I’ll encourage soft feet that spread on the ground. Often metaphors are helpful like “imagine your toes growing long like fingers” or “feel the whole of the sole, like you’re stood on soft sand”. A soft spreading foot feeding rich info to the brain gives a strong sense of the ground. A hard/gripping foot can’t do this & leaves us ungrounded. So in a session 2 I’ll be manipulating feet & lower legs to soften the feet & I’ll be encouraging you to take that softness & feel with it, amongst other things.