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May
06

Foot Work

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Did you know that a little mindful foot work could help our troubled feet and knees? I’m not talking about fancy foot work either. More like what preceded our baby steps as we developed our intelligence.

Playing with these little piggies

Remember the little piggie that went to market?  Could that type of movement help us?

Do you have sensitive feet, the ones which don’t like to walk over stones or rocks. Ouch! I remember those days as a kid. Now past the half-century mark, I relish how supple good foot work feels.

Foot Work for All Ages

As children we did some very interesting foot work. We loved to pull on our toes. Little did we know we were in a very receptive state of learning and coordinating the little piggies so we could get to a market with our own feet.

Pulling on feet

These days many of us simply drive to the market and keep our poor painful feet wedged in shoes all day long. Can’t imagine how life would be if we were all to wear glove liners and mittens all day. What would happen to the function of our hands if we did the same?

What are we doing to our feet? That fleet foot work we used to have is a long distance memory as we have aged and bottled up those poor lowly feet.

Now we’re left with mangled toes, foot pain, orthotics, and the search for the right kind of shoe. While shoes have certainly advanced, did our foot work remain in the dust.

Do we really need an orthotic? Maybe we could do some foot work and remember to move well once again.

Foot Work, Handiwork is it the same?

Most likely you can still fold your hands. So try this. Lie on your back, and take your hands behind your head and interlace your fingers. Then once you’ve settled in, switch the position of your fingers and hold your hands the other way.

For some of you, that’ll be no problem and then for some us that could feel strange, awkward as if someone else is holding our hands.

Our habits which we groove in over time are necessary. We may forget small differences help us use our self a little bit differently so we don’t wear our self out as fast. Slight adjustments and little differences lets the brain thrive. It thrives on subtle differences to renew us.

As we readjust to a newness, we change both our body and brain. Now try doing the same with your toes. Yes, try and fold those toes together. Whadya mean you can’t reach down there anymore?

Maybe this is where some of you are now at. Others of you really had to work it to even get the toes to wedge together.

Awhile back I made a video on some foot work. Try this move if you haven’t given it a try. For those of you who did, did you keep working it so this type of foot work is now improved and easy.

 

That type of footwork can come in handy to change the function of the feet and even the knees so you can walk more comfortably.

Another Foot Work Class

Many times I’ve taught foot work movements to soccer players which had them laughing about how what appears simple isn’t as easy as thought. Though with a little practice, our movement system remembers to move and improve.

We can rekindle the feelings of childlike movement which felt good and free since we have a sensory-motor feedback loop which allows us to reset and readjust tension levels.

We can get back in this loop so our balance improves, our feet feel lighter and our knees can lose their aches simply through subtle readjustments to move us to higher levels of coordination and integration so we manage those formerly painful stones and rocks.

You can join me for an hour’s worth of foot work in our online class where you can have immediate access where you’ll learn to free up the feet, lower legs and knees so you can dance and move easily again.

In the meantime, just go ahead and pull those toes so your foot work doesn’t get left behind.

Happy Feet, Happier Knees Enjoy Access Now

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Oct
17

Hip and Knee Pain

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Watch Hip and Knee Pain Video.

Easing hip and knee pain

Was that an easy move for your hips, knees and your back? To ease hip and knee pain, the back needs to be supple and flexible.

While some people will argue the case for strengthening the core, we can find ways to ensure the middle of our self is loose enough to have the requisite mobility to move easily.

Hip and knee pain can often be alleviated when our middle, the spine, begins to unwind itself from holding patterns which prevents us from moving our hips and knees comfortably.

Better mobility lessens hip and knee pain

Hip and knee pain sometimes go hand in hand when the hips have lost their mobility as well as the spine. Our knees may continue to get pounded in the same manner day in, day out when our mobility is less than optimal.

To move the knee around comfortably is to regain the ability and mobility we once had. Since movement is a memory, we can refoster those memories by going back to the well – of youthful movement in the artful ways in which somatics exercises remind us to move easily and with the least effort.

Natural flexibility allows hip and knee pain to abate

Instead of hard work or over zealous exercising, somatics exercises offers us a reverse way into the brain by slowing things downs so our hip and knee pain gives as we regain our natural flexibility once our mobility returns.

This week, you can join me for an online somatics exercise class where you’ve already seen the last movement. Now all we have to do is do the steps before that so the hip and knee pain abates when our movement software is updated.

We can learn to our way back to getting out of hip and knee pain by regaining the mobility we had and rediscovering our natural flexibility…otherwise you can kiss your knees hello!


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    Oct
    10

    Knee Problems

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    Knee problems are sometimes not always where we think.

    We often think of knee problems happening, well obviously at the knee, yet in some cases, where the pain is, the problem ain’t.

    The knee is designed primarily to bend like a hinge. It can twist a little too.

    The muscles below and above the knee impinge upon it when we compensate or substitute with other muscles for instance, when we hobble around after an injury.

    The muscles below the knee can be overly contracted or not functioning as well as they could be. Tight calves or restrictions in the front of the lower leg may not only rob us of energy, we may have to work that much more in order to walk and our knee problems can compound.

    Knee Problems at the waist?

    Often times, knee problems can occur much higher in our body than we think. You can do all the knee bends you want or turn your foot in or out to help with torsion issues.

    Yet other parts of ourself can cause us to bear our weight differently. In times of injury, we can compensate by holding our side tight or cringing to the side using our waist muscles.

    If left unchecked, contracted waist muscles can have some bearing on the function of the knee and the knee problems persist.

    Free the waist, free the knee problems

    The practice of somatics exercises, which is usually quite the opposite of other approaches, uses the brain to release contracted areas and improves the function of the muscles so we move more effortlessly and easily.

    Join me for an online knee problems class.

    You will learn how to release muscles below the knee as well as those at the waist.

    Rather than doing standing exercises or using weights, we’ll focus on different relationships with gravity and noticing how our entire body moves, not just the knee.

    Many knee problems can be solved by addressing our body as a whole moving unit instead of just the part where we experience our pains and discomforts.


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