A wonderful meditation on how our feet effect everything!
Anna Schrefl is a Romana trained Pilates instructor from Austria. She teams up with her colleague Cora Hiebinger to tell us all about feet, including excellently illustrated exercises.
Our friend Brett Miller from our favorite blog at PilatesIntel has featured Anna’s exceptional instruction twice and here’s what he says about her, “You know, one thing I noticed about people from both Switzerland and Austria, is that the work they do is of the utmost quality and completeness….and today’s article is a shining example of just that.”
Couldn’t say it better – have a look!
What we should know about our feet
This time we want to address our feet and different ways to train them. Too small a body-part to spend much time on? Think again! By focusing on the basis, not only your feet, but also your posture, gait, and powerhouse will improve!
Now why is that?
First, let’s look at the biomechanics of our feet – their ingenious construction – and why they deserve our attention and respect. In the second part, we will focus on the practical implementation, showing you some great exercises.
Why our feet deserve our attention and respect – Artful construction meets ingenious sensorimotor function
Our feet are designed to carry, support and balance our body. They need to be strong, flexible and sensitive in order to perform what we, as humans can do easily: walk, jump, and run on various surfaces. Did you know that – depending on your running speed – the foot you land on has to carry 3 – 5 times your body weight? If you ever watched a high-tech robot walk, you can appreciate how gracefully the body manages to accomplish this task compared to the clumsiness of the robots’ gait. Apparently, despite all the fine-tuned software we have today, it needs more than a high-tech computer to make things work smoothly.
Structure: Our feet consist of 26 bones (plus 2 sesamoid bones). They are structured and organized to form two arches: the longitudinal and transverse arch. Together, they support our feet to do their job.
The longitudinal arch is 3-dimensional:
For the rest of this article featuring wonderful exercises go to http://www.pilatesintel.com/feet/.