Our feet support our whole body! When we release the fasica of our feet, the bones of the feet are able to artiulate with ease. Our gait changes, we find walking easier and stress is actually alleviated from other areas of the body. For this reason, I have had clients who have experienced a decrease in headaches, hip pain and back troubles after releasing the fascia of the feet!
We often point to the area that hurts as the problem, but we must remember everything is connected. The feet are our foundation for our skeleton when we are standing, so they effect everything that is balancing on top of them!
Lately, I have been enjoying opening the fascia on the bottom of my feet using resistance balls. I appreciate the technique of the Franklin Method. You can use the special Franklin balls or any other small inflatable ball to do this practice.
Also, I would like to add a side note that opening the psoas muscles and hip flexors can also have a profound effect on the feet and on our gait!!! I find that computer users often end up with super tight hip flexors from sitting all day. They end up with a shortened stride that then inhibits the bones of the feet from articulating fully. So, after you roll out your feet, so yourself a favor and do a nice lunge stretch on that iliopsoas muscle!
Andy Blum, CMT is dedicated to bringing ease and a deeper sense of embodiment to folks who spend most of their time working behind computers. Through empowering her clients around ergonomics, corrective exercise and yoga, Andy Blum, CMT goes beyond the typical massage to bring you the results you are looking for and get the knots out once and for all!
“Best I’ve ever experienced. I spent 1.5 years exploring massage therapists in San Francisco. I tried around 40 therapists. Andy was leagues ahead of the rest. I’ll never see anyone else again. I’ve recommended her to several of my friends, and now they are all hooked too.” J.F., Customer since April 2013