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Sole to Soul: A Pilates View of the Foot

Our feet are not only connected to the earth via the soles, but they truly connect our SOULS to the earth as well. The foot is a complex arrangement of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. It navigates the ground forces from below, along with the impact of all body weight from above, and translates that into a horizontal plane of motion. It's no wonder that a great foot massage elicits a big "ahhh!" Explore the basic anatomy, biomechanical movements and common foot malalignments and learn to work with them in the Pilates environment.

  1. List the bones of the foot and their placement.
  2. Describe the muscles of the foot and their action(s).
  3. Define, palpate and explain the importance of sub-talar neutral and which bones are involved.
  4. Differentiate the muscular imbalances in pronation and supination and their
  5. ramification up the kinetic chain of the leg.
  6. Identify how pronation and eversion, supination and inversion are interrelated.
  7. Describe how to design a program for the foot/ankle imbalance(s) noted during the workshop.
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