This is because our feet have the same number of nerve-endings as our hands: they are supposed to feel. Feet are the ultimate movement sensors, creating a vital sensory feedback loop between feet, body and brains. Feet are our base of support as well as the foundation for our movement; they need to flex, splay and recoil, using all their muscles and tendons to keep our movements healthy, natural and injury free.
Millions of years of R&D have packed our feet with all the technology we need: all that natural technology is there for a reason.
This is why at Vivobarefoot we make as little shoe as possible so your feet can do what they’re designed to do and your body can follow.
As the majority of us have had to head indoors to keep the virus at bay; healthy thinking, living and moving ‘more’ naturally in order to stay ‘healthy’ has never felt more important. Join us on the #Vivobarefoothealthbroadcast social chanels where we will be sharing weekly tips, tricks and super natural life hacks to keep your feet, body and indoor lifestyle wild and healthy during these crazy times.
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