In Backbone and Wingspan's approach to helping women understand more supportive places in the body to access when wearing high heels, the perfect balance between tone, efficient movement support, and release of tightness or pain is what we shoot for in each exercise.
There are several ways of performing a bridging movement to access strength, resilience, balance and weight distribution to grant relief of pain in high heels.
Because we tend to overuse the knees to bend and extend the legs, hamstrings become overtoned and tight in the middle part - or belly - of the muscles.
A way to think about bridging that will keep you from overworking the belly part of the hamstring is to visualize the quality of a suspension bridge.
I discuss tethering to a greater degree in the post entitled:
Here I discuss more about mooring and its relationship to tethering, but in my teaching I most often use tether in reference to the hamstrings-to-sits bones. However, understanding a mooring can also help with visualizations.
A mooring is defined as:
any device used to hold secure an object by means of cables, anchors, or lines
The sitbones can be utilized like moorings for the hamstrings to be tethered to.
What gives the actual bridge suspension are the coiled cables that reach down into the moorings.
bridging movement suspension
is tethering the hamstrings
to the sits bones and
uncoiling the calves
into the Achilles and heels.
The sits bones are the moorings which the hamstrings tether to for stability.
For a free printable PDF of the Suspension Bridge Exercise, please
go to my website for Foot Function for Spinal Support and Pain Relief
For more info on this
Suspension Bridge Exercise featured in the High Heel Recovery Clinic
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