Month: January 2017

Put your best foot forward in footwork!

In footwork we start with the feet but move our focus to the legs which moves the carriage pushing against and resisting the spring tension.

Calais-Germain’s “No-Risk Pilates”, explains that as instructors, we often see the yo-yoing of the pelvis between imprinting and over-extending or arching your spine when moving the carriage in footwork. This repeated rocking of the pelvis, can cause a strong compression of the intervertebral disks of our lower spine and sacrum at the L5/SI joint.

Footwork strengthens the intrinsic muscles in our ankles and feet as well as the inner /outer thighs, the quads and the glutes as follows:

Turn-out – heels connect – inner thigh line /adductors, Piriformis
Parallel – hamstring/glute line (back of leg in hip extension)
Medial – inner thigh line/adductors, quads . glute med/TFL

Put your best foot forward with footwork!

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