I am on vacation. You can tell because I finally have time to write a blog post.
We just completed an intensive week of teaching advanced alignment to our Restorative Exercise Institute graduates from around the world. I cannot explain how intense and fun and eye (and hip!) opening this week is. I do it twice a year.
This is the first time I've done it being 31 weeks pregnant. It was good times.
At the end of the week, those who hadn't flown out got up early to take a 10 mile walk over various terrain. You could spot us coming because we all had "strange footwear" on.
Can you guess which ones are my feet? Hint: I had to back my hips up to keep from obscuring the view. Here's another picture, detectives:
So, during this week, I taught an hour-long advanced course on the foot because the foot -- and how it relates to the lower leg, knee, hip, and pelvic floor -- is one of the most challenging body parts to understand when considering three planes of motion. Foot and ankle motions typically mentioned when talking about the foot -- inversion, eversion, pronation and supination -- are oversimplified concepts. And what has been missing is how the foot should move relative to itself -- a notion that has probably been lost due to the fact that everyone studying the foot has worn shoes and has developed a gait pattern based on this foot immobility.
If you have read the book (which book, you ask? This one -- click) or this blog post on Stance, then you are aware that your feet should be "pointing forward" as opposed to turned out. In quick writings, we'll tell you to line up the outside edges of the foot. This will do in a pinch, but there are actually more specific points on the foot's skeleton that are more accurate -- especially if you are the owner of some curvy feet.
To save myself hours of answering emails on how to line up those wavy lateral borders to the foot, I decided to post the first section of my foot class. It's TEN MINUTES LONG, so this saves me at least 167 minutes of typing and emailing. Because, yo, I'm on vacation.
Here's the class:
And when you're done watching it, you'll need to watch this to understand the references I make to external rotation of the thigh:
And when you're done watching that, you can watch this tidbit on how to mobilize that lower leg (shank):
And when you're done watching that, you will probably realize that you now want to add foot mechanics to your teaching repertoire. Which is good news, because we've just launched our Healthy Foot Practitioner Certification, where we will be adding the entire bonus Advanced Foot Mechanics session I just filmed last week.
And because certification rhymes with vacation, I think I'll get back to it...