Foot Support for Dancers

May 21, 2012

I Heart My Tootsies!

Tootsies aka paws aka los pies (Spanish pronunciation PEE-es, not apple ‘pies’) aka feet.  They are truly the foundation of your beautiful body.  Here are some fun facts that I hope will dazzle you into loving your precious feet even more:

  • 1/4 of the bones in your body are located in your feet.  Wow!
  • On average, you walk 10,000 steps a day.  That’s a lot!
  • This equals about 3 million pounds of pressure that your feet absorb every day! Take a pause & reflect on that!

These numbers do not even take into account the hours of (barefoot) dancing we will do in our lifetime!  Can I get a yee-freakin’-haw for our amazing feet??!

For skin support, which happens when you first start dancing & when you increase the amount of days you are going, my not-so-secret cure for feet is Body Time lotion (Vitamins A, D & E Moisturizer).  This stuff is miraculous at making your barking dogs turn into purring kittens.  Plus, you get to add in your favorite scent.  Are you a lavender lady, a grapefruit girl, or a light musk mamacita?  Whatever your scent preference, lube up your feet with a generous amount of lotion & put on your cute socks on so they can marinate before bed or going to work for the day. The closest Body Time store is conveniently located between the 2 Hipline locations on College Avenue.  Seriously?  Seriously.  A related aside, be sure that if you get pedicures, that they do not scrub too much off!

For structural support, it really depends on what is happening with your individual body.  One thing to really pay attention to is your alignment during class.  Be sure that your knees are lined up with your feet at all times.  You can also modify some of our crazier choreography by staying grounded & rocking it out at ground-level rather than jumping.  Personally, I find that receiving bodywork–pedicures, massages, chiropractic work, acupuncture–make a huge difference.  In addition, being aware of what kind of sassy heels you strut your stuff in as well as being cautious of older shoes that offer less support, can impact what’s going on with your fabulous feet, too.  Lastly, while I know there is a beautiful feeling of connecting with the ground when we are doing our Shakira hips, wearing dance shoes is always an option.  In fact, I wore my new Rykas to class the other day & sometimes forgot I even had them on!  The most important thing is that you develop a relationship with your body in which you listen carefully to what it is saying to you, especially when it comes to your feet!

Be sure to check out my new Hipline schedule if I have not seen you on the dancefloor recently!

Live Lusciously one step at a time, beautifuls & love those tootsies!

In peace, health & happiness, Heather

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