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!
- Find a neutral spine to support your lumbar spine – with the carriage out and long…
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