There are many phrases which mention body parts in ways which allude to sensory experience, like having "itchy palms" when you're due to receive money or "butterflies in your stomach" when you're nervous - or maybe even saying that "your ears are burning" when someone's been talking about you. Some of these phrases have strong bodily sensations while others are more metaphor.
"figurative foot phrases"
which convey empowerment:
standing on your own two feet
having a leg to stand on
standing your ground
Above is an example of a composite overlay image - the type of which I use throughout my new e-book High Heel Healing: Using the Feet & Legs Efficiently for Improving Posture and Enhancing Exercise & Sports to help readers visualize aspects of postural support. Read more about the e-book at the end of the post and please consider purchasing this e-book with over 500 illustrations and twelve videos.
While some phrases which incorporate the names of body parts have become so ingrained in our consciousness that we don't even really think about the bodily part which the phrase mentions, such as when you "step on someone's toes" or try to "get your foot in the door" or you "put your foot in your mouth," each of these foot-phrases is much more metaphorical than literal.
But if you use a mind-body connection to put your mind in your soles, you can get a sense of why other figurative foot and leg phrases may have come about from someone's vital experience of being well-connected to the feet - sensing the soles as the source of empowering the legs and spine from the earth. Then in whatever shoes you choose to wear - whether sneakers or flats or high heels or platforms or stilettos - you can be grounded in a way that feels empowering to your posture and all of your walking movements.
However, it's crucial to understand how:
"Standing on your own two feet" and "Having a leg to stand on" are very different senses than "Standing up straight."
The ease and empowered senses of "standing on your own two feet" in posture or finding an easy balance in "having a leg to stand on" in exercise poses like in yoga and Pilates - will also translate to the more-metaphorical sense of having a leg to stand on in social, business or professional situations or circumstances - these empowered non-stressful and non-exertive standing senses come from leverage - learning how to lever the heels so that you have heel leverage.
How "heel leverage" is the avenue to empowering the body in posture and exercise is explored in many images and illustrations as well as in sitting activities and stability ball exercises in my new e-book, High Heel Healing, which isn't merely for women who wear heels nor even merely for women.
Men need heel leverage too.
We're all forwardly driven and frontally obsessed with ourselves, and because of faulty postural phrases like "stand up straight," the muscles of the front body are overtaxed and tight. In the e-book High Heel Healing: Using the Feet & Legs Efficiently for Improving Posture and Enhancing Exercise & Sports is a concise craft, honing in on the heels, to help people release muscle tension, joint pain, and tight tendons in hips, backs, and even necks.
Expanding the heels back and wide, with subtle force, is the most crucial space-creating action anyone can do. This small but sustainable action initiates access to support because it releases over-tightened tendons in the front of the foot, granting people the postural-potential of easing the entire overworked frontal body to then engage the entire back body system of muscles residing on either side of the spine. The heel expands the sole to support the spine.
As a person learns how to mindfully sustain the heels back and wide, there is grace in their movements and power in their postures, because the better-supported spine, which is not only the center of the body physically, but neurologically, is empowered.
The heels - overlooked, underutilized, and misunderstood – get unwittingly jammed up and shoved in, but are actually powerful leveraging mechanisms. The drawn back-and-down heels give way to the expansion of the soles creating a potent pathway for getting grounded in ways well beyond the physical.
Seemingly figurative phrases such as putting your best foot forward, jumping in feet first, and digging in your heels could have been coined from experiences sensed first through the feet.
But I'm not "pulling your leg" in telling you this:
High Heel Healing is ultimately about how to become grounded - the importance of feeling the feet as dynamic empowering forces in any shoes a woman or man chooses to wear - or in barefoot exercise and fitness situations - and in running, cycling and any sport you endeavor.
Even though the e-book is titled High Heel Healing, the information is not merely for women, nor merely for women who wear high heels. It's truly a comprehensive book about foot function for spinal support. So many men can get advice about hamstrings, ITB and lower back as well - and it can help women wear any type of shoe more comfortably - and it will assist both men and women to exercise, walk, run, sit and cycle more efficiently.
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Thanks for taking time to read this blog.
Please comment with thoughts or questions. - Herald
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