Walk more grounded and stable with the ‘Meet Your Toes’ technique
Have you ever noticed how often your shoes are narrower than the width of your forefoot? Regardless of the reason, years of wearing shoes like these leads to semi-permanent squishing of the toes, the metatarsals, and it also affects the reflexology zones of your head.
Small treatments on your feet add up to big gains. Feet are one of the most underused and simultaneously one of the most important parts of your body. So time spent on them is never wasted.
This simple stretch and massage combination can help you ground, walk more stable and become calmer, more zen as you like and focused.
It also undoes the harm of wearing high heels and too narrow toe boxes.
It helps the transition into wearing minimalist barefoot shoes so you can enjoy pain free feet for years to come.
Want to try the MYT technique (Meet Your Toes)?
Walk barefoot for half a minute and feel how the front of your feet are touching the ground and where they are not touching the ground.
Have a seat on a chair or on the floor and cross your legs. Place the palm of your right hand against the sole of the left foot. If this is very tight, go slow and be patient; do not force it.
Gently wiggle your fingers in-between your toes. Go softly if your toes are stiff. Once your fingers are in place, play around with spreading your toes and fingers at the same time, flexing, extending, and massaging your toes and forefoot for about 1 minute. If you are in control of this stretch you can increase it by pushing your fingers more deeply between the toes.
Then walk barefoot again for half a minute and feel the difference between your two feet. Can you feel how the front of your foot has much more grip on the floor and how it makes you more grounded and stable? Repeat the treatment with your other foot. For the best results you can do this three times a day.
Milder version of the MYT
You could also try a toe-spacer like the one used for pedicures if you can’t get your fingers between your toes.
The MYT from a reflexological point of view
By practising the MYT technique you also stimulate the reflexology zones of your head, in particular your eyes, ears, neck, sinuses, teeth and your head. Stimulating these zones can help you ground yourself, become calmer and more focused.