In several of the press mentions the High Heel Recovery Clinic has received,
including this in the Thursday Styles section of The New York Times:
"When the Dogs are Barking Are high heels getting you down? Have foot pain? Sign up for a high heel recovery clinic ($20) at which women do heel-on-ball exercises designed to strengthen hamstrings and core. The next will be held at 7 p.m. July 26 at Backbone and Wingspan"
Whether you wear high heels or not and regardless of whether you are a man or a woman, all people experience foot pain, low back pain, hip pain or neck pian that can be attributed to the shoes we wear, the hard surfaces we have to walk on, and the hours spent sitting at a computer. So whether your feet ache or your back hurts, consider the following exercises and information as good for anything you do, whether you need help with sitting posture, walking with less pain, or standing in the most elongation you can get from your tired and overworked feetm back and spine.
The feet are sometimes referred to as "dogs".
Well.... real dogs are well-behaved
when you teach them how to "heel"..... correct?
Here are some of the
fabulous high heels present
at the Backbone and Wingspan
High Heel Recovery Clinic
Attendees lined their heeled dogs against the back wall during the final part of the clinic lightly leveraging the backs of their shoes against the baseboard.
This contact-into-surface helped these high heelers feel how their high heeled shoes could help them feel the expansion of their own flesh-and-blood heels in a backwards direction. We teach this expansion of the heel of the foot backwards in order to get the bulk of the body weight off of the overtaxed front of the foot.
In the yoga classes that I take on the Upper West Side, my teacher, Elizabeth Andes-Bell uses the baseboards along the walls in downward dog.
This helps people to understand how not to push the knees back or jam the heels down, but to expand the heels back and to get a connection of the powerful hamstrings up on to the sits bones.
Yoga enthusiast or not, you can use a baseboard to explore a different downward dog than you've probably experienced before. Teaching an old dog with a new trick can assist in alleviating some bad bad bad habits so those tired ol' dogs of yours can heel themselves in a way in which you feel alot less discomfort, high heels or not.
Use the baseboard to give you an approximation of what your heel height would be like in your pumps
The downward dog pose gives you the chance to look through your legs to be able to ascertain the alignment of the foot, especially the heels.
Remember that you want to gain access to the outer edge of the heel
The parts of the foot that tend to get overburdened are the big toes - find instead the direct opposite:
the outer edges of the heels
Don't push flat down into the baseboard with the heels -
Send the energy and the reach of the heels in two directions:
back behind you into the wall above the baseboard
as well as down into the top of the baseboard itself.
Deepen the contact of the underside of the heels into the top of the baseboard
Reach the back of the heel into the wall above the baseboard.
This is not a push, it's a sensitive-to-surface back-and-down arcing direction
Instead of your shoe jamming you up and forward, you learn how to lever the heel back and down.
Speaking of the action of levering,
one woman I work with mentioned to me that she feels that this levering of the heel back and down feels to her like she's cocking the hammer back on a revolver - the hammer on the gun pulls back and down with a spring tension
This cocking image can teach you the way you should use your heels when you wear your shoes:
your heels should expand back and down;
you use the baseboard and the wall as surfaces to give you the sense of direction that you want to get used to sending your heels in -
rather than the heels getting shoved up and forward in your shoes, you lever those heels back and down.
you can strut in your heels as if the backs of your feet are like two readied revolvers -
rather than the high heels shooting all your weight into the front of your foot,
you can keep the heels cocked back constantly,
and the spring tension that would relate to the way the hammer on a pistol or revolver works......
..........................................would be akin to your achilles tendon working with a spring-loaded sensation
Here's a video I shot with Gail Giovaniello of Mind Your Body Fitness
on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
The exercises show the resilience and buoyancy the body receives
in using a heel-to-hamstring-to-hip connection going from sitting to standing:
You can read more about how to find the
while in a sitting position in the guide:
High Heel Healing Tips and Video
for Fashion Footwear Comfort
Sign up on the home page of my website:
Of course the surest and fastest way to understand
both the leveraging of the heels and
the tethering of the hamstrings
is with some one-on-one
to inquire about where and
when he will be teaching next.
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