Did you know that it's possible to move in your 50s, 60s, and 70s as you did in your 20s?...maybe even better! If this appeals to you, then come to my workshop next month, Happy Healthy Feet, co-taught with Catherine Stifter. Your feet are where we begin to set your body on the dynamic aging path.
Don't believe me? Here is your dose of inspiration in less than 2 minutes. Check out my teacher, Katy Bowman on the Today Show talking about dynamic aging with three of her students, in their 70s and 80s, climbing trees and monkeying around.
Why focus on the feet?
The foot is a complex structure of 26 bones and 33 joints, layered with an intertwining web of more than 120 muscles, ligaments, and nerves. Your feet are your foundation, and when your feet hurt, your entire body alignment is affected.
Chances are, you know exactly what I'm talking about because foot pain is so common in the United States that 3 out of 4 of us will experience it at some point in our life. Plantar fasciitis, bunions, heel pain, hammer toes, neuromas, and metatarsalgia are just a few of the common foot ailments that keep you or someone you know from enjoying everyday activities. And, the longer you let the foot pain persist, the more likely the knees, hips, and back will begin to hurt because of compensatory gait patterns.
This is why our first alignment workshop is all about your feet and foundation.
Happy health feet workshop
Who is this workshop for? Anyone with feet!
If you have foot pain right now, or get foot pain intermittently, signing up for this workshop is a no-brainer. Any pain in the foot at any time is a clear signal from the body that you are not moving enough of yourself in dynamic ways, and that your alignment needs fine tuning.
What you will learn
In this three hour workshop, you will learn how shoes affect foot function, how to mobilize and strengthen your foot and leg muscles, how to mobilize the joints in your feet and how to evaluate and fine tune your movement habits. You will deepen your understanding of why you may be having foot problems and develop a set of skills that support the healthy function of your feet.
Together we look at your alignment, and you will learn exercises from your hips to your toes to help mobilize and strengthen your foot muscles, and mobilize the joints in your feet and begin the process of bringing your feet back to life.
You will be on your feet for much of this 3 hour workshop, which includes instruction and practice of corrective exercises; discussions of healthy footwear; the barefoot lifestyle and movement habits to maintain foot health; and lots of laughing and fun getting to know your feet (and calf muscles, knees, and hips).
You will also take home a bunch of goodies: a workbook, Katy Bowman’s, Simple Steps To Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Health Feet, a half round foam roller, and a mobilization ball.
Workshop Details & Special Offer
Saturday, October 13, 11-2pm
Center of Movement Studio in Grass Valley
The first 10 people to register for the workshop, using this link will get $20 off. Enter HAPPYFEET at checkout (under payment information) to activate discount.