After wrapping up yet another incredible Barefoot Education TourI find myself in a state of happiness as I reflect on the past several days. Each workshop I teach and each lecture I give my passion for the science of barefoot training and from the ground up movement increases.
In early 2012 when I taught the first-ever Barefoot Training Specialist® course never in a million years would I think the Certification Program would have grown to where it is today. I never thought that the hunger for understanding the foot & ankle, footwear and surfaces would reach a global level – but it has!
With courses now being taught in 21 countries and on almost every continent the number of Certified Barefoot Training Specialist® has reached to over 1,000! Regardless of country, religion or educational background there is a unified belief that “barefoot” is more than simply a workout without shoes. “Barefoot” is a lifestyle.
A “barefoot” lifestyle is not simply to be without shoes but rather is one in which there is an appreciation for the ground on which we move. There is an appreciation for impact forces and the way in which footwear and surfaces alter our relationship with this valuable energy source. There is an appreciation for the neuromuscular system and how our plantar foot plays a critical role in reflexive stability.
If you have been considering attending a Barefoot Training Specialist® training but have been hesitant because you think it is a course “just about working out without shoes and you’ve already been doing that for years through yoga, Pilates or martial arts” or you think that the course is about “barefoot running and you are not a runner” or “you do not believe in working out without shoes and think it’s a trend that needs to pass” – I challenge you to consider the following.
Would understanding the following improve your client programming or athlete performance?
– foot to core sequencing
– reflexive core stabilization
– hip joint centration and core stabilization
– foot function and fascial lines
– movement efficiency and impact forces
– footwear and surface science
– walking gait cycle and assessment
– small nerve vs. large nerve proprioceptive training
– muscle tuning theory
If you are ready to attend an EBFA course please check out our full list of workshops happening every month across the world!
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