Over half way there….well, kinda…
I’m not gonna lie…I get a little excited when someone points out that we (potentially) are half way through the Stage 4 restrictions BUT… unfortunately, even once we progress to Stage 3, we still won’t be allowed to reopen.😫 I have joined the movement to get Pilates studios re-catagorised, as we are able to monitor temperatures, apply with social distancing and wear gloves and masks (if required). We feel that we are able to provide a clean, safe environment for our patrons much more easily than, say, a cafe for example. So, I’ll let you know if we get any result from that.
How are you going? Or should I say.. How is your body feeling?
Last email I chatted about how to walk using the more effective muscles of our hips and butt and how to allow your foot to follow through behind you, and to push off with that foot from there. So, today, I want to chat to you about your choice in footwear. To be honest, if you are at home, there really isn’t any need to wear shoes. Shoes have become the cast or sling which inhibits the foot from moving and restricts it from doing what it was made to do. Sure, its cold, so you may want to wear socks etc, but if you can choose to go bare foot as often as you can your feet will start to take control and do what they are supposed to do.
What ARE they supposed to do, I hear you ask? GOOD QUESTION! You may not know that each foot is made up of 26 bones. 26 BONES!! That means that a quarter of all the bones in the body are in your little foot! These bones form 33 joints – joints are meant to MOVE. Maybe not a lot, but they are meant to move….otherwise we would just have one big solid bone like a brick which clomps around. Okay…enough of the anatomy lesson! Before shoes were invented we were hunters and gatherers out in the bush and the foot was capable of maneuvering over rocks, sticks and uneven ground. Somewhere along the line, we started to feel pain in our heels (for example) so rather than correcting the way we walk – working on our alignment- we (or should I say Nike/Adidas/New Balance etc) added more and more padding and cushioning, and restricted the foot from moving as it was meant to. We, effectively, put it in sling and stopped it from working. Very much like when you have a damaged shoulder, you wear a sling so to restrict it’s movement for a couple of weeks, but you wouldn’t wear it forever, would you? Of course not! So why have you put your foot in a sling forever?
When choosing shoes, aim for a shoe with ZERO heel lift. They aren’t easy to find – your sneakers have a heel, trust me. Also look for a wide toe box and a flexible sole so your feet can move.
So, what do feet and shoes have to do with Pilates? 🦶🏼Well, that’s another GOOD QUESTION! To me, Pilates is not an activity you do while in the studio and then walk out and forget it. It is a way of changing our habits and alignment to help us feel stronger, more capable and more energetic, not just today but tomorrow and beyond.
Thank you for indulging me on my foot tangent there….I’ll stop now.
Don’t forget that we are still running our online Mat Pilates sessions. Tuesday and Thursday 9.15am & 12.45pm and Saturday 9.15am
For every two sessions you attend, one session will be returned to your pack -making each session half the cost of an in-studio visit.
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