Footwork, like pre-Pilates and The Hundreds, is a foundational component of most Pilates workouts. Here’s a little look into why we do footwork at all:
One of the most common locations to develop tendonitis is in the Achilles, and many of us experience foot cramps from lack of motion. Footwork warms up the muscles and joints around the heel and into the calf, as well as the muscles in the sole of the foot. This gets blood flowing and strengthens muscles and tendons to prevent future injury.
Not only does Footwork help warm up the body and loosen the hip, knee, and ankle joints—it is also a great way for your instructor to get a sense of your hip and spine alignment. We use Footwork at the beginning of a workout to gauge what areas will need special attention for your training.
An Opportunity to Breathe
Footwork is repetitive without being exhausting (like The Hundreds). This can create an almost meditative experience of movement. Footwork is a great opportunity to get centered in your body just before a busy morning or at the end of a long day. Use the movement of the feet and ankles as a focal point while deepening the breath. Use the inhale to lift up out of the feet; use the exhale to root down deeper and create length.
Drop into Whole Body Method and get those feet working!