When I was practicing in orthopedics I deemed one summer “The Summer of the Foot.” I was working outpatient physical therapy and seeing roughly 2-3 patients per hour. An astounding 75 percent of those were people with foot ailments! Plantar fasciitis, post-bunion surgery, Morton’s neuroma, Achilles tendonitis, etc., etc., all came (somewhat) walking into my office at an alarming rate.
What is it about summer? We are footloose and fancy free wearing our cute flimsy flip flops, unsupportive sandals, wacky wedges, and harrowing heels. But our feet are the foundation of our skeletal structure, so we all need to take better care of them. If our feet are not working well for us because of lack of support, poor mechanics or other joint injuries, life and daily activities can become very challenging and uncomfortable. Understanding your feet and learning simple solutions to reduce pain and discomfort will start you off on the right foot (insert laugh track) to a more enjoyable day to day life.
Our therapeutic yoga guru, Marianne Meyers, can help you on this path. Join her October 9 for Happy & Healthy Feet. In this workshop (Happy & Healthy Feet 10/8 – Marianne Meyers), Marianne will address:
If your feet feel good, you feel good! It is that simple! Life’s too short to “suffer through.” Many of Marianne’s students report improved quality of life because of the focus on footwork. This workshop is not for beginners, it is for students who have yoga experience and want to enhance their practice.
Marianne Meyers (RYT500, E-RYT200, YACEP) is a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a certified Body Balance Yoga Therapy instructor, and a certified Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga teacher. (Happy & Healthy Feet 10/8 – Marianne Meyers)
Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga was founded in 2008 by Megan Brown, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Polestar Certified Practitioner of Pilates for Rehabilitation and Sara VanderGoot, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher (e-RYT 200, RYT 500). In their private practices as physical therapist and massage therapist respectively Megan and Sara observed that many of their clients were coming in with similar needs: relief for neck and shoulder tension and low back pain as well as a desire for more flexibility in hips and legs, stability in joints, and core strength.
Together Megan and Sara carefully crafted a curriculum of Pilates and yoga classes to address needs for clients who are pregnant, postpartum, have injuries or limitations, who are new to Pilates and yoga, and for those who are advanced students and are looking for an extra challenge.