This is intended to be a short routine of 10 to 15 minutes that can be done to gently activate the body first thing in the morning or as a stress break at any time during the day. Try to repeat each movement 4 or 5 times. Do the movements slowly and gently, staying within a range of movement that feels comfortable. Focus your awareness both on those parts of your body that are contributing to the movement and those that are interfering with the movement. If it is not possible to move even a small amount without discomfort, just visualize the movement (placing yourself in the starting position for the movement if possible).
To understand function we must understand the structure performing it. Without knowledge in both areas we are left to guesswork and misnomers for dysfunction or performance plans. Structure and function go hand in hand and it goes a long way for everyone to have a basic understanding of what they are and how they do it.
Feet are the body’s foundation. They are a major keystone to our locomotion and balance, with adaptations completely unique to human beings and our way of getting around. In the centuries where fashion has become “superior” to function we find issues begin to arise that once were not there. Bunions, collapsed arches, misaligned toes, more acute plantar fasciitis, and ankle sprains due to loss of proprioception. All have cramped toes boxes, high heels and just badly designed shoes to thank for that.
I love people watching. There is an unbelievable amount of information from observing postures and expressions. Your body is, in essence, your billboard, displaying what you have to say to the world. It can have boldface lettering to get a clear message across or abstract images hidden in it, waiting to be deciphered. With all the recent events jarring the world; stopping us to take a breath many people have inevitably found themselves being surrounded by fears and frustrations.