Bernie Landels has over 25 years’ experience as an educator, leader and health practitioner, a Certified Infant Massage Instructor for 20 years and is currently training to be a Rhythmic Movement Training (RMTi) Consultant.
Unable to work face-to-face during the pandemic she embarked on a journey of research and discovery and wrote the most amazing book – Finding Their Feet – and it is so much more than just about feet.
Bernie works in private practice in Oxford, UK, working with all ages but focusing on pregnancy massage and sharing the joys of infant massage.
In this interview, we discuss the links between feet and resilience, especially between connection and touch. Bernie explains Dr Ginsburg’s seven C’s of resiliency – competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping and control – and how they relate to physical development, feet and balance. She goes on to explain what practitioners, educators and teachers can do to support and help children in these areas.
Bernie explains the importance of babies ‘finding their feet’, by putting them in their mouths.
If you’ve heard Bernie speak before, you’ll know she is a big advocate of children (and adults!) going barefoot wherever possible and practical.
Find Bernie’s contact form here, if you’d like to discuss feet, empowering parents and explain the ‘why’: https://bernielandels.com/contact/
Online shoe company ‘Happy Little Soles’ https://www.happylittlesoles.co.uk/
References used during this interview:
The book Bernie refers to is: Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings 3rd Edition by Kenneth R Ginsburg and Martha M Jablow Available here: https://amzn.to/3WuLxfI
Touch during pregnancy:
Borsani, E., Della Vedova, A. M., Rezzani, R., Rodella, L. F., and Cristini, C. (2019). Correlation between human nervous system development and acquisition of fetal skills: an overview. Brain Develop. 41, 225–233. doi: 10.1016/j.braindev.2018.10.009
Marx V, Nagy E. Fetal Behavioural Responses to Maternal Voice and Touch. PLoS One. 2015 Jun 8;10(6):e0129118. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0129118. PMID: 26053388; PMCID: PMC4460088.
Rolland Souza AS, Cavalcante EVV, Macedo CA, Freitas SG, Figueiredo ATP, Alves SA, Silva TCAC, de Albuquerque Souza GF, Alves JG. The impact of maternal touch of the abdomen on cardiotocography fetal patterns. Brain Behav. 2019 Aug;9(8):e01345. doi: 10.1002/brb3.1345. Epub 2019 Jun 29. PMID: 31254448; PMCID: PMC6710198.
Ossmy, O., Kaplan, B., Han, D., Xu, M., Bianco, C., Mukamel, R., & Adolph, K.E. (2022). Real-time processes in the development of action planning. Current biology, 32, 190-199.
Rachwani, J., Herzberg, O., Kaplan, B. E., Comalli, D. M., O’Grady, S., & Adolph, K. E. (2022). Flexibility in action: Development of locomotion under overhead barriers. Developmental Psychology, 58, 807-820.
Link to Dr Kenneth Ginsburg 7 C’s http://www.fosteringresilience.com/7cs_parents.php
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