May 2017: Primal Posture

April 28 2017

Spring’s in full fling - it’s time to greet your feet again and dig out those summer shoes and sandals. For many people, there’s nothing nicer now than a good pedicure, or a foot massage to make them feel wonderful.

Spring’s in full fling - it’s time to greet your feet again and dig out those summer shoes and sandals. For many people, there’s nothing nicer now than a good pedicure, or a foot massage to make them feel wonderful. 

But if you develop a foot problem, seeing a professional chiropodist/podiatrist is part of a good strategy for addressing it - corns, misshapen or misaligned toes, fallen arches, plantar fasciitis – we have a long list of foot problems in our culture!

We can also do far more ourselves to improve and preserve foot health. Obviously we know that extreme fashions such as ‘killer heels’ hurt our feet, but most foot damage is more subtle and accumulates over time.

As a postural health teacher I help people understand about natural foot shape and function, and the best ways to improve or support it. Firstly, we can get really savvy about footwear!

Beware! Even ‘sensible’ shoes and trainers can distort the foot if: 


The toe box is rounded


Toes are bent upward by footbed


Body weight is tipped forward


Excess cushioning dulls feedback 


Footbed encourages pronation

In addition to better footwear, the best investment of all is to learn how to let the foot do its natural job:


3 foot arches are strengthened


Foot is Kidney-Bean shaped, not straight


Land gently on the heel


 
Engage whole foot to push off,not bend

• Stand with weight mostly in heel

In addition to bad shoes, poor postural habits certainly challenge the feet; for example, standing with the pelvis too far forward and knees locked will thrust undue weight onto the delicate bones of the forefoot, typically causing bunions or claw toes. Similarly, foot problems such as fallen arches will result in knock-knees and poor posture further up the body. Therefore, in the 6-lesson Gokhale Method Course we focus on good posture throughout the body, and include some well-chosen foot exercises. Find out more about your posture and foot health:

Free Workshop: Bakesmiths, Whiteladies Rd

Sunday 25th June, 4-6pm

Book at: gokhalemethod.com

Yoga for postural health class:

Bishopston, Thursdays 9.30 am 

 Contact Clare on 07982 231317