Did you know that there’s a relationship between the soles of your feet, inner thighs and your pelvic floor?
When your body is optimally aligned, this connection starts from the feet, flows seamlessly up through your body and helps to keep everything in working order.
But, in our culture, we wear shoes and sit a lot starting when we’re young and this will often interrupt our foot-to-pelvic-floor connection.
Shoes with firm, immobile soles and/or raised heels lock up the feet and prevent them from moving properly when you walk. Over time, foot immobility leads to collapsing arches, crazy-tight calf muscles that lock up the lower leg, internally rotated femurs and adductor muscles (inner thigh muscles) that don’t work.
And these are just a few of the alignment issues that come from wearing shoes and too much sitting.
I know it may sound a little dramatic, but these alignment issues are a reality in our culture and they are having a more negative effect on our health than we realize. I see it every day!
When you begin to understand the negative impact of shoes and chronic sitting on your overall quality of life, you’ll see how simple little changes can start to reverse the related problems and improve whole body health.
Today’s exercise focuses on the inner thighs and your adductor muscles. This is an area where many people are holding tightness that stems from misaligned feet, pelvis and femurs.
This stretch can reveal some surprises in the form of muscles you never knew were so tight, but it can also be a very relaxing exercise as you do it more often.
Triple check yourself to make sure your pelvis is in a neutral position (not arched or tucked) to ensure you get the maximum benefits.
I’d love to hear what you discover in the comments below! Enjoy!
See you in the studio,