In exercise and stretches with the principles of body mechanics
promoted within the NYC Backbone and Wingspan website
specific to the feet: Foot Function for Spinal Support and Pain Relief
movements are grounded in the truths of the skeltal systems.
Principles in this series of lessons:
Spin Space Volume
There are images of space that I have seen in which I get a sense of the vastness of the universe. Despite having never actually been in outer space with my body, I believe enough from having perceived images of the cosmos to have a sense of it that affects my mind. I sense a potential for expansion within myself from picturing in my mind the enormity of it all.
Like the moon or Mars I have also never seen the two bones that make up my lower leg: the tibia and fibula. Knowing the names of those bones makes no matter for our purposes, I just love mentioning the names of those particular bones because tibia and fibula would make very good names for twins - the shin twins.
The shin is one of the easiest places in the body to perceive as flat, and therefore I have discovered the shin area and front of the ankle to be one of the tightest places to the touch. The front of the ankle and the shin are crucially important areas of the body to help someone to release in order for the body to be grounded.
Read more about the import of the relationship between the front of the ankle and shin for your body to be able to access the deep core support for the spine
in this post: Feel the Feet to Get More Core
I believe that one of the reasons the shin and front-of-the-ankle area are so tight is because we are told from a very early age to "stand up straight."
I have found that people are generally ungrounded through the feet because the perception of "standing up" makes them lift the weight up from the front of the body, particularly lifting up and pulling back from the front of the foot.
I have noticed when leading people through exercises with the feet, people tend to push from the tendons in the front of the ankle, which diminishes space in the ankle.
Space is necessary for a joint to function.
On a more subtle level what people are doing when they are standing or walking is actually pulling back into the ankle to attempt to move forward and pulling up in an effort to stand up straight.
Remember a big part of these principles being universal is that you find both freedom and strength by being in sync with the aspects of the universe.
Finding liberation from cramped ankles and overworking shins has to do with creating space in the ankle joint, and then putting a spin on the shin to receive a grounding into the earth while at the same time being able to suspend the spine in order to move forward.
Put a spin on your way of thinking!
Your body is a reflection of the earth!
Watch for a continuation of the
informative nature of the relationship between the ankle.......and the heel below it, and the shin above it.........
in a future
Universal Principles of Movement
Body Mind & Spine Align posting,
inspired by a post in The New York Times "Well" Blog entitled
Also, please review one of the first posts of Universal Principles:
for a comprehensive "under - standing"
(to lead you away from the notion of having to stand up)
of the sole, the heel, the arch, the ball, and the toes.
This post focuses on the elements towards creating an expansive foot which grants a pedestal-like support for the ankle to suspend and the shin to spin.
For many years I knew a marvelous osteopath who was my student as well as my physician.
She called the ankle, "the neck of the foot."
More on that soon. Comments and questions are most welcomed.
Backbone and Wingspan Universal Principles of Movement
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on the backside of the body that supports the spine and
the heels and soles that align with and grant access to the back
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