Why Do We Start With The Feet?
If you’ve taken a reformer class you know that we often start by warming up the feet; or “Footwork” as its known by. Although it may seem like a simple exercise, this series of movement is very important, not just for your Pilates work, but as well as improving alignment and strength throughout your entire body. By starting with the feet, we;
- Align and strengthen muscles in the legs, feet and ankles.
- Supports correct postural alignment in a lying position.lessens the amount of extreme impact on the knee and ankle joints
- Helps train the hips and pelvis to disassociate from the leg bones, which helps to create more stability and balance in the body
- Prevents injury while simultaneously creating more strength. (pilatesstudiosf.com)So don’t skip out on lengthening and strengthening those feet!
Practicing Myofascial Release
Myo means muscle and fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, nerves, blood vessels etc. Therefore, myofascial release is the release of muscle tissue that surrounds muscle tissue. When we perform a stretch, we are only stretching the muscle itself. However, with this type of massage the fibers around the muscle that are knotted are finally able to release as well.
Why is this important?
One of the greatest reasons to perform such an exercise is to significantly reduce the risk of injury! When we take care of our bodies from (literally) the ground up we stop a litany of issues that could translate from the foot up to the knees, hips, and spine. Furthermore, this exercise will increase range of motion, reduce stress of the arch, and improve your overall health! Use a tennis ball to roll out the feet for a relaxing and easy foot massage!