Strong Foundations For A Strong Pain Free Body
I think you agree with me when I say that if a building cannot stand without strong foundations, no matter how much iron rods and cement we put on every floor, a human body cannot be strong without a strong foundation no matter how strong the other floors may be.
For your body that foundation is your feet. If your feet are not strong, your weight properly balanced between your two feet and you do not use/move them in the correct way there is damage to be expected.
And that damage might not even be felt in the feet. No, no, it can be the knees, the hips , the lower back. But the source of your pain may very well be your feet.
Now I am not a doctor, a physio or podiatrist. But I study books such as The story of the human body , Alexander principles and I read articles by doctors, listen to interviews etc etc.
Moreover my ankles were the cause for 15 years of severe knee meniscus damage. Yep, at 12 years old I could not move my legs. I did though, because I was used to push through pain from my karate.
Today I realise how much the faulty use of my body and particularly of my feet has contributed to years and years of pain and struggle.
As a teenager I used to literally walk on the outside of my feet, lifting my the arches as high as I could. Why did I do that !!!
I was also very, very heavy footed, stumping around like a dinosaur. Still am a little but that’s changing day by day.
And in the past I also used to take, rather force, long strides just because I was short and everyone was making fun of my short strides.
But things changed
I had the greatest luck to be coached by the amazing Michael Cohen, obstacle race coach and founder of Wild Forest Gym.
What he did was to open my eyes to the bad habits I developed through time. From there on I took over, I began to study and experiment on myself and boom!! my knowledge of the human body and movement exploded. And my body started to heal as well.
Now I believe I am here to give back. To help you heal as well. And for this I bring in not only what I learnt from Michael but the extraordinary wisdom from Traditional Martial Arts. Together they form powerful tool for my clients.
Now although my clients come to me to get fit, reduce stress, even lose weight I also help them with pains throughout their bodies that come as a result of body misuse.
The moment they understand how to use their bodies everything, everything changes. And in some cases the changes come after 2-3 sessions as we address posture and balance. Things I also coach over skype from the comfort of their home.
Three elements for you to become aware of and practice:
If you manage to address these elements you are on your way to healing. Ignore them and probably nothing will change. Your choice…
3. WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION
When you walk become aware of which foot takes the most pressure. Then is there a foot that pushes off more aggressively than the other when you step?
Once you become aware of this imbalanced try to balance your weight evenly on your feet. This can solve so so so many problems as in knee pain, leg pain, hip pain, lower back pain. In some instances your pain comes from this faulty body weight distribution.
2. STABILITY MUSCLES
This is where we talk about strong foot muscles. The easiest and fastest way to strengthen them is to sand on one leg. Yes, balance exercises.
And you don’t need a stability ball, trust me. First you need to learn to balance properly without under or over pronating, distributing the weight of your body evenly on the ball of the foot and heel.
Then you learn how to use your toes to strengthen the muscles. Then you look at the knee position. Then your become aware of your core contribution. And so on.
Then there are loads of variations of balance exercises you can try home. You do not need a stability ball so stop wasting your money on gym equipment and start actually doing something.
Lack of equipment is just an excuse for not doing anything. Sorry, but in many cases that is the truth. I used that excuse many times as a teenager 😉
Although we are talking about feet I want you to know that your posture is the beginning of everything.
Your cannot balance properly to strengthen your foot muscles and the rest of the body if you cannot hold a nice, relaxed, elongated posture.
You MUST address your posture. I cannot stress this enough
Changing the way you move, breathe and live
I am putting together a virtual coaching program which will cover all these elements here as well as meditation, mindfulness and habits that lead to pain, discomfort, weight gain, lack of energy in the first place.
All designed to take you from stressed out, exhausted, in pain and feeling down to energetic, enthusiastic and pain free by transforming the way you move, breathe and live.
This program will also have the power and tools to enhance your body’s ability to heal itself.
If this sounds good to you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will contact you with more information regarding the upcoming program.