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A short practice to ease the feet and ankles

 

Bringing awareness to your feet and ankles with a short mobility practice

 

Have you ever considered how many bones, joints or muscles are involved within the structure of each foot in order for us to be able to move freely in the rest of our bodies? It’s quite incredible really. These small pads at the bottom of our bodies hold our weight evenly and provide us with the possibility of balance and co-ordination whilst helping us to maintain structure and stability throughout. I used to be an athlete and trained on the track 3 sometimes 4 times a week including racing. This really did take its toll on my feet. I had a stress fracture on one foot and I had to protect my arches, heels and front of the feet with support and padding. These days I still run but I am much kinder to my feet and toes and try to incorporate foot care within my daily practice as well as offering them a gentle massage too. Therefore this weeks practice will focus around finding more ease and freedom in our feet with a short mobility and activation sequence.

 

This is the fourth in a series of practices designed to get you moving mindfully in the mornings through slow stretching and to release common areas of tension that we may experience in our day to day.  If you’ve missed any of the previous practices you can find them by going to the following links:

Week 1: Neck and shoulder mobility

Week 2: A gentle Standing forward bend 

Week 3: Kneeling lunge to gently open the hips

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Kneeling lunge – A 5 minute hip opening practice

 

A kneeling lunge to gently open the hips

 

This is the third stretching sequence in a series of practices which are designed to get you moving mindfully in the mornings and to release common areas of tension that we may experience in our day to day. This week we’ll look at a kneeling lunge as a means to opening the hips gently. If you’ve missed any of the previous practices you can find them by going to the following links:

Week 1: Neck and shoulder mobility

Week 2: A gentle Standing forward bend 

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A short, mindful practice to help mobilise the neck and shoulders

 

A five minute, mindful practice to help mobilise the neck and shoulders

 

Last week I wrote an article about mindful movement and offered three suggestions around how you may like to approach this with a morning stretch being one of those options. I was hoping to release a series of stretching practices within this piece, however life is such a juggling act at the moment and so we have carved out the time time to edit one 5 minute sequence, which I still hope will be useful to you.

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Three ways to move more mindfully

Much of our life is spent sitting, whether at work, commuting, watching tv, eating food or even being creative. This means our bodies become accustomed to falling into the same movement patterns regularly. Perhaps it’s time we start thinking about encouraging a daily useful movement regime in our lives. This is even more important now that we are faced with a world-wide pandemic as the Corona Virus (COVID19) is bringing each of us to a stand still in some way.

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