Brain Tool #24: Go Bare

Summer’s here and it’s the perfect time to boost your brain by going…BAREFOOT!

Play with These Tips to Boost Your Brain:

1. Strip-off your shoes and socks. Gently roll a tennis ball beneath alternating feet. Breath deeply as you massage each foot

2. The “laundry pick-up game”! Spread some laundry on the floor and pick it up by only using your toes! If you have kids, create a contest to see who can pick-up the most, the fastest! (this is also a great trick for getting younger ones to pick their clothes up off the floor!)

3. Go for a walk on different textured surfaces — carpet, tile, grass, dirt or sidewalk. Allow the full length of your foot to connect fully with the ground

4. Play “footsies” with someone you love!

5. Sit or stand barefoot with the eyes closed. Breath deeply, as if your breath were coming in through the soles of your feet. Take in all the details of texture & temperature that are being communicated to you through your feet and toes

What’s Unique About This BrainTool:

1. Going barefoot wakes up the *vestibular system — rewiring neural connections for better balance and support

2. Going barefoot strengthens the immune system by naturally stimulating reflexology points

3. Going barefoot reawakens atrophied muscles caused by wearing shoes

4. Going barefoot provides you with a more detailed neurological input of your surroundings; Thus, improving mental focus and clarity

5. Going barefoot stimulates nerves  in the bottom of the feet which help to lower blood pressure

6. Going barefoot causes you to be more grounded, which supports the release of excess free radicals and reduces inflammation (the source of illness and disease)

7. Going barefoot is a quick and easy way to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit!

This summer post was inspired by my husband and daughter who love to take their evening walks together — barefoot!

* Vestibular refers to the system which is responsible for perceiving the position and movement of the head in relation to gravity and for maintaining vertical posture and balance. This system is also involved in memory, mood regulation, auditory and visual functioning and learning. It affects all parts of the central nervous system and has the greatest impact on day to day functioning.