walk barefoot?

I just came across a very interesting suggestion that I’d like to pass on to you. It comes from Michael Mezernich, one of the pioneers in neuroplasticity & founder of Posit Science, via the book The Brain That Changes Itself. Dr. Mezernich postulates that much of our decreased stability as we age comes from the fact that we wear shoes all the time. Perhaps that sounds crazy, but the logic behind it is quite sound. Imagine if your hands were always gloved – over time they would become less sensitive as the region in your brain responsible for processing the information from your hands would become less refined, having been deprived of sufficient input to maintain it. The same might very well happen in your feet; after a lifetime of wearing socks and shoes, the part of your brain that gather and interprets the information from that part of your body would atrophy, and as a result you might become more likely to stumble.

For me, that’s just another excuse to dance barefoot in the sun… or the mud.

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  1. Thanks for this post, and I look forward to working with your website. By the way, I believe Dr. Merzinich was attending a Feldenkrais workshop on the Anat Baniel Method when he made those claims. I was fortunate to assist with the LA Feldenkrais Expo addressing Neuroplasticity at Cedar Sinai Medical Center. We had Eileen Bach y Rita speak who was married to Dr. Paul Bach y Rita, another famous neuroscientist from the book The Brain That Changes Itself. I have a lot of links I can forward you if you are interested. Just send me a personal email if you would like. The Feldenkrais Method is a direct application of neuroplasticity using movement puzzles to connect to the brain via the sensory motor system. Hope this was helpful.
    Stacy Barrows, PT, GCFP, CPI

  2. admin says:

    Interesting, thanks for the back-story Stacy. I had been exposed to Feldenkrais by name through my yoga teacher, but I had never thought much about it. I’ll definitely look into it now though.

  3. Thanks for your response, here is a good reference to the background with Bach y Rita and Feldenkrais.

  4. Yeah useful tip and was very interesting..


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