Barefoot Strong

July 8, 2018

 

When you place anything between your feet and the floor you dull the nerve endings/neural receptors found in the soles of our feet and hands which are responsible for sending signals to our brain about our environment. Think of touching a hot stove burner as an example. These neural receptors are sensitive and responsible for controlling our muscles to behave in a certain way ie. to pull our hand away from the hot burner.

 

The amount of shoe wearing and artificial surfaces our feet are exposed to contribute to our current poor core control and dynamic stabilisation. Your balance will improve if you take your shoes off when exercising. Your core - particularly your lower abdominals and lower back region will get stronger. The feet are directly connected to then nerves of the lumbar spine - that's where the nerve endings 'end'.  The feet send signals up to the lower back regarding the environment they are in. If there is not much for the spinal muscles to do because you are wearing shoes and the soles of the shoes are stabilising you to the floor, then the muscles in that area do not fire as well and over time get lazy and inactive. 

 

At Flow Movement we run the majority of our classes barefoot.  Our barefoot strong classes are all about recreating the foot to core connection, stimulating proprioceptive feedback from the foot to the brain about which muscles to switch on and how we gain effective stability.  

 

So how well do you stabilise.  Heres something i want you to try :

1. Stand on one leg for 10 seconds, and now look down at your feet what is happening with your toes?  Are they all gripping for dear life?  Now turn your head slowing side to side, how well do you balance?  Are you wobbling like crazy?  

 

This is an example of how poor stability can lead to some serious injury if we then throw in bigger movements.  Being in control of your body, the ability to switch on stabilisers as needed and at a moments notice is crucial to avoiding injury.  

 

In our barefoot classes, the classes are suited for all levels of fitness.  

 

ANTIGRAVITY BAREFOOT FUSION

TUESDAY 630PM (90 minute class) 

45 minutes of Bare workout (mat based) - beginning with release of 3 key areas of the body, short footing drills to get the arches of the foot activating, specific slow movement foot to core drills followed by dynamic movement sequencing to help improve balance and the body's reactivity to movement , followed by 45 minutes of hammock work, working directly into the core and glutes.  

 

ANTIGRAVITY BAREFOOT PILATES

THURSDAY 530AM (60 minute class) 

30 minutes of Bare workout (mat based) beginning with release of 3 key areas of the body, short footing drills to get the arches of the foot activating, specific slow movement foot to core drills followed by dynamic movement sequencing to help improve balance and the body's reactivity to movement , followed by 30 minutes of antigravity pilates focusing on glute and core strength. 

 

BAREFOOT STRONG

SATURDAY 630am (45 minute class)

45 minutes of Bare workout (mat based) beginning with release of 3 key areas of the body, short footing drills to get the arches of the foot activating, specific slow movement foot to core drills followed by dynamic movement sequencing to help improve balance and the body's reactivity to movement.

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