In previous posts I talked about how the placement of your ankle matters, and how you want your heel to point in a diagonal towards your back, rather than straight down, without offering much guidance on how to achieve that. Today I start to address this issue with a simple, very funny image.
To start with, let’s remind ourselves of a bit of anatomy and how we want thigs to be. If you want words, go re-read this post, and if a picture is enough, here is what the situation looks like:
An image I love to work with to remind my heel to stay back, is to think that I have a chameleon’s foot. Those feet have two groups of fingers pointing in opposite direction, to grasp branches (or fingers). I imagine that my toes are one of theses two groups and my heel is the other group, and that prior to contacting the floor, I open my foot to make space for the very very wide branch that is the earth, and as I take my foot off the floor, I imagine my foot closing and thus propelling me forward.
Chameleon picture by Rickjpelleg
This is a very simple image and a short post, but it’s helped me a lot! Go for a walk, and have fun with your chameleon feet, notice any change in feeling in your walk, and get new, more optimal feet in the process!
Want more like this?Check out the following blogs from massage therapists I know from around London:
- On The Run Health and Fitness on running, nutrition and sports massage.
- The Soma Room on sports massage and exercise.