For this weeks video tutorial, I have decided to make it oriented around the structural integration of the foot region. As of late, I have really been gearing my training to understanding foot anatomy and figuring out the imbalances found in that specific region of the body. Although I wouldn’t deem it as the most important area to start with in terms of functionality in the body, it does carry major significance in terms of connectivity with the Earth when you are in movement.
From the moment I got started in my research on learning about foot problems, all I have ever seen is article after article stating that the majority of people have excessive ankle pronations (ankles that bend inward). The information seemed to be quite valid in the established oriented point of view, but I was having some major issue within the context of what I deem as being functional to a human body. If there is one thing I have learned, you cannot measure a dysfunction while it is in a dysfunctional position. In this specific case, most of the people that had these “ankle pronations” were people that were operating with their feet in external rotation (feet turning outward), hence creating the ankle pronation through an imbalances lumbo-pelvic complex. The pronation is real, relative to the dysfunctions a person is operating under in that given moment. However, When you measure a body while it is put into a functional position, it’s going to usually reveal a different result. Since I don’t allow people I train to have externally rotated hips when attempting to move functionally, I usually end up seeing things that other practitioners may not be able to see. For this situation, I have found that when you get a body into a functional positioning, the foot actually goes into an excessive supination (exaggerated arch). You can only measure the parameters of imbalance, when you attempt to implement real balance.
The technique covered in the video below will elaborate further on this subject matter.