Looking after your feet


If you know me at all you’ll probably know that I’m fairly fixated on feet as the source of all things posture, movement and function. I like to include an element of foot work in most of my sessions and try to add some foot work into my every day life too.

Why?

Because our feet are the part of us that touch the ground most often and every time they do we experience ground reaction force and it is important that our bodies can absorb and disperse that load efficiently. If our feet don’t do that, our ankles / knees / hips / low back will have to do it, but they already have their own jobs to do so they can’t spend their time acting like feet, otherwise something else will have to do their job…and before you know there’s a whole lot of disfunction going on in  the body!

So to avoid the potential whole-body-disfunction situation (or to remedy it if you already have some of that going on), why not spend a few minutes each day looking after your feet? Makes sense to me…

Luckily the Foot Collective people have made it super-easy with this great compilation of moves:

Even if you don’t think your feet matter as much as I think they do, I dare you to do these moves every day for two weeks and let me know what you notice. I’m going to be doing them too because I have been a bit lazy about my feet since I got back from pilgriming. 

PS if you start getting cramp in your feet after trying these moves, it’s a good thing! It means that you are changing something. Your foot (& maybe your calf) may go in to cramp and complain about it, but you have to be the parent in this situation and keep encouraging your foot to try again. It’s a bit like encouraging a teenager to pick up their clothes – no-one wants to do it but it still needs to happen!

Move with me…

A couple of quick movement ideas to help you feel more comfortable in your body.

Upper & lower back:

A client was feeling very restricted in her upper and lower back movements today so we incorporated a few of these into her session. Happy to report she felt much more comfortable afterwards!

You might not need all of these but hopefully there are a couple of useful moves here that you can add into your day.

Sometimes we might think that we have to do a lot of movement to make a difference, but often the small moves & stretches we do throughout the day make a biggest difference to how we feel.

Child’s pose stretch with side bend:

I love this stretch! It feels SO good to stretch the side of the rib cage, from your armpit to your hip and this is a great way to do that.

Tight/weak hips?

This one is for your hips – moving them and strengthening them. Super-important as we get older…

I hope these short videos give you a few moves to add into your daily routine. Pick the ones that feel useful, ignore the ones that don’t. Adapt anything that feels not quite right for your body. Get help from an appropriate professional if you need specific guidance about moving your body.