Posts Tagged ‘Comfort’

Barefoot Benefits:

The type of shoes and how to decide on a pair of fitting shoes is probably the most important key to preserving healthy feet because in the modern society we inevitably have to wear shoes throughout our day. Aside from footwear, we should encourage kids, adults and elderly to get familiar with and then start practising “barefoot techniques and exercises” outside in natural environments. These environments could be a grass field, mud, sand, rocky areas (if able to tolerate), or simple pavement or cement. And last but not least I realize that walking barefoot may have benefits associated with the practice of reflexology as the feet have an enormous amount of “reflexes” in the feet which correspond to the function of our glands and organs in our bodies. There are also a large amount of receptors under the feet which may starve from the lack of “feel” and sensory information if our feet are in shoes all day everyday.

Type of shoes and what to look for:

In my opinion, the best shoes are the ones that feel  the most comfortable to your own feet. However, this does not mean that “comfort” equals the “best” shoes; because we may have gotten used to a squishy pair of shoes or a shoe with a very high heel. If this is you then you need practice barefoot walking on natural ground in order to allow your feet to re-educate itself into healthy feet. Anyway, enough of the “why,” lets talk about the “what.” I will not go into detail about each type of shoe but I will point out some general attributes of them. The best and most natural shoes that mimic barefoot feel that I have learned about are “Vivobarefoot, Nike free trainers, and Huaraches (worn by the superhuman tribe, Tarahumara). The Vivobarefoot shoes have a thin sole which feels like you are touching the ground directly. It also has a wide enough toe box at the front to allow the toes to move freely, and finally it has no arch support which facilitates our natural foot arch to become stronger. The Huaraches are probably the thinnest footwear out there which mimics barefoot walking and running to its full potential. Since it is a sandal it is even better than the VivoBarefoot shoes. Lastly, we have the extremely popular Nike free trainers. These shoes are excellent because they have the properties of the Vivobarefoot shoes except for having a thicker sole. It is also extremely flexible which allows the foot and toes to freely move around and promote a natural “foot workout” within the shoes. As the renowned Physiotherapist and Coach, Kelly Starrett said, “we only need a sole thick enough to prevent bruising.” After reading this I hope you find the appropriates shoes to accommodate your daily activities.

Exercises to increase awareness, feel, and proprioception:

As Barefoot walking and running author Michael Sandler said, “we do not know where our feet wants to go in a pair of shoes because they cannot “feel;” only the rich sensory information from our feet contacting the ground would be able to tell us that.” The enormous amount of mechanoreceptors in our feet which function to feel and send information to our brain seems obvious that only by direct contact with the ground will we be able to “feed” these receptors and therefore, our brain and nervous system. By being in shoes everyday and all day, our feet becomes “foreign” to natural ground even if we have no injuries or debilitations. You can go outside and try this by testing barefoot walking or even just standing on “snow, bed of rocks, grass, cement etc. After a while or even a few minutes you may start complaining about the aches and pains or even saying that it is “weird.” Again, the reason is that our feet have becoem “foreign” to natural environments.

Reflexology:

By walking on different natural surfaces we allow our feet to directly contact the ground and the reaction force from the ground can stimulate our “reflexes” and may cause changes in our glands and organs. It is obvious that some areas of the feet will take in more pressure and this may be the key to which organs and glands receive more or less benefits.

~Open Our Minds,

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Barefoot Benefits:

The type of shoes and how to decide on a pair of fitting shoes is probably the most important key to preserving healthy feet because in the modern society we inevitably have to wear shoes throughout our day. Aside from footwear, we should encourage kids, adults and elderly to get familiar with and then start practising “barefoot techniques and exercises” outside in natural environments. These environments could be a grass field, mud, sand, rocky areas (if able to tolerate), or simple pavement or cement. And last but not least I realize that walking barefoot may have benefits associated with the practice of reflexology as the feet have an enormous amount of “reflexes” in the feet which correspond to the function of our glands and organs in our bodies. There are also a large amount of receptors under the feet which may starve from the lack of “feel” and sensory information if our feet are in shoes all day everyday.

Type of shoes and what to look for:

In my opinion, the best shoes are the ones that feel  the most comfortable to your own feet. However, this does not mean that “comfort” equals the “best” shoes; because we may have gotten used to a squishy pair of shoes or a shoe with a very high heel. If this is you then you need practice barefoot walking on natural ground in order to allow your feet to re-educate itself into healthy feet. Anyway, enough of the “why,” lets talk about the “what.” I will not go into detail about each type of shoe but I will point out some general attributes of them. The best and most natural shoes that mimic barefoot feel that I have learned about are “Vivobarefoot, Nike free trainers, and Huaraches (worn by the superhuman tribe, Tarahumara). The Vivobarefoot shoes have a thin sole which feels like you are touching the ground directly. It also has a wide enough toe box at the front to allow the toes to move freely, and finally it has no arch support which facilitates our natural foot arch to become stronger. The Huaraches are probably the thinnest footwear out there which mimics barefoot walking and running to its full potential. Since it is a sandal it is even better than the VivoBarefoot shoes. Lastly, we have the extremely popular Nike free trainers. These shoes are excellent because they have the properties of the Vivobarefoot shoes except for having a thicker sole. It is also extremely flexible which allows the foot and toes to freely move around and promote a natural “foot workout” within the shoes. As the renowned Physiotherapist and Coach, Kelly Starrett said, “we only need a sole thick enough to prevent bruising.” After reading this I hope you find the appropriates shoes to accommodate your daily activities.

Exercises to increase awareness, feel, and proprioception:

As Barefoot walking and running author Michael Sandler said, “we do not know where our feet wants to go in a pair of shoes because they cannot “feel;” only the rich sensory information from our feet contacting the ground would be able to tell us that.” The enormous amount of mechanoreceptors in our feet which function to feel and send information to our brain seems obvious that only by direct contact with the ground will we be able to “feed” these receptors and therefore, our brain and nervous system. By being in shoes everyday and all day, our feet becomes “foreign” to natural ground even if we have no injuries or debilitations. You can go outside and try this by testing barefoot walking or even just standing on “snow, bed of rocks, grass, cement etc. After a while or even a few minutes you may start complaining about the aches and pains or even saying that it is “weird.” Again, the reason is that our feet have becoem “foreign” to natural environments.

Reflexology:

By walking on different natural surfaces we allow our feet to directly contact the ground and the reaction force from the ground can stimulate our “reflexes” and may cause changes in our glands and organs. It is obvious that some areas of the feet will take in more pressure and this may be the key to which organs and glands receive more or less benefits.

~Open Our Minds

If a friend is in need just provide them a comfortable vibe so they can be themselves around you and the trouble they are facing.

We all have our dire times or times of need in which we seek significant support from the people we care about but we sometimes don’t have the courage to do this. Sometimes your friends will hide their true emotions by ignoring a question, using excuses, or most commonly laughing about it. If we notice this and try to question them they will sometimes ignore it. Therefore, what we should do is just act in a way that makes them feel comfortable around you, to the point that they can open up to you. For example, joke around a little bit, have an open mind and show them that you won’t judge, and eventually they will trust you enough to tell you what’s bothering them. The bottom line is to be yourself in a sincere way and if you are able to get them to talk to you about their problems, then that is a bonus you have earned. Everything after is easy because all you gotta do is keep that trust intact and you will have an understanding relationship.

~Open Our Minds

As the article “What is Empathy, and Can Empathy Be Taught?” emphasizes, empathy cannot really be taught as a skill; instead it should be actively stimulated through experiences and concepts by teachers and educators.

From my perspective, I definitely agree with the contents of the paper. I believe that the only way to appreciate or attempt to grasp the concept of empathy is to first develop an “open mind-set.” This mind-set includes what the paper entails, prejudices, self-awareness, fears, listening skills, and most importantly respect and tolerance towards differences.

Since this is mentally and spiritually stimulating course I am going to write completely what I think about Empathy and other related terms. Feel free to rebuttal and give opinions! 🙂

Personal definitions/perspectives:

Interpersonal Communication is the KEY to creating everlasting and unique relationships in any setting.

What is the differences between empathy, sympathy, and pity?

Sympathy is feeling emotions along side others. An example to me would be supporting and helping a friend in necessary and real need and they have to initiate/hint that they “want” help. A good friend would be able to see through the hint and act if they don’t want to say it directly.

Pity is when you use your own good intentions to help a friend when they have not shown any hints or asked for it directly. By doing this you have actually degraded their self-worth in your eyes because you think your own opinions will definitely help them in their situation and that they “should” listen.

Empathy is the mutual understanding between people as “human beings” with all other unnecessary factors aside. This means that we should attempt treat each other and in this case, patients, as human beings who have not been exposed to any positive nor negative factors whatsoever that has possibly shaped their views. These include prejudice, intolerance of differences… etc. In other words, we should practice unconditional care and “judge” people based on “nothing” rather than anything. Of course this is the ideal but without ideals there is no drive towards achieving this true and possible goal.

Here are two more elaborate pieces I wrote in another blog I have to hopefully explain what I mean a bit more:

1) Show Compassion and Consideration and Open Our Minds… Before it is Too Late:

Most chronic pain patients have gone through A LOT so if the practitioner asks them to describe or rate their own pain there is sometimes a very vague response or simply an expression of just plain unsure! And this does not mean that they are “not” in pain or “are” in pain but it can also mean that they have had pain for so long that they/nervous system have become de-sensitized to their own body. Therefore, they have an extremely hard time trying to describe how much pain they feel at a particular moment, especially if the practitioner is bluntly rushing them! There is a reason why chronic pain patients search for help and it is not because they want to, it is because they “have” to. This may seem “obvious” to anyone but the lack of empathy and interpersonal communication in professional and personal settings show otherwise. It’s true that it is really hard for others who do not suffer from chronic pain to “understand” someone with chronic pain but this needs to change! This is where compassion and the “Open mind-set” comes in because this is required to understand even if it is only “slightly.” Too many people fail to show compassion and have that open mind until it is too late.

What do I mean? What I’m trying to say is unless a “drastic or dramatic” situation occurs such as most “INSPIRATIONAL” videos which elicits “EPIPHANIC” realizations, many people choose not to or have little interest in showing compassion and turning on their mind! Of course this isn’t everybody but it is likely the majority.

So I suggest, showing compassion, consideration and develop that open mind-set before it gets extremely drastic or fatally dramatic.

2) Comfort Elicits the Truth (sort of related to the video about vulnerability):

If a friend is in need just provide them a comfortable vibe so they can be themselves around you and the trouble they are facing.

We all have our dire times or times of need in which we seek significant support from the people we care about but we sometimes don’t have the courage to do this. Sometimes your friends will hide their true emotions by ignoring a question, using excuses, or most commonly laughing about it. If we notice this and try to question them they will sometimes ignore it. Therefore, what we should do is just act in a way that makes them feel comfortable around you, to the point that they can open up to you. For example, joke around a little bit, have an open mind and show them that you won’t judge, and eventually they will trust you enough to tell you what’s bothering them. The bottom line is to be yourself in a sincere way and if they are able to open up to you about their problems, then that is the bonus you have earned. Everything after is easy because all you gotta do is keep that trust intact and you will have a understanding relationship.

Extra video if you wish to view: Topic is about depression and how it is ignored as compared to “visual and realistic” injuries such as a broken arm.

http://www.upworthy.com/this-kid-thinks-we-could-save-so-many-lives-if-only-it-was-okay-to-say-4-words