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On: March 30, 2015 09:15 AM
Hi! My question is today about "gravity perception and support" and specifically about dorsi flexion in plié: practicing the cues teached by Mary Bond is really interesting to focus on the movement of the ankle in this standing exercise and find the sensation to be "between" the floor and the ceiling, and feel the connection of these two opposes. But my doubt is: the dorsi flexion has to be "passive"? May I have to let tibia and fibula "fall" in the talus. In this way I feel the sole of the feet more spread in the floor. Is it fine if I ask my client to release the ankle joint as the knees bend, and push into the floor their feet as they stand the legs? Thanks! Grazie Mille! Margherita
On: March 30, 2015 14:42 PM
Thanks for your question, Margherita. I'm glad you are able to feel the opposition between ground and "sky" that emerges when you have more attention in the ankle and foot. It's definitely beneficial to release the grip of the malleoli on the talus, especially for people who have high, rigid arches and limited range of motion at the tibiotalar joint. For such people, allowing the ankle joint to release ("let the tibia and fibula 'fall'") is prerequisite to feeling the opening of the foot to the floor. On the other hand, people with a tendency to everted feet often have ankles that are too lax. For them, it's important to emphasize spatial orientation so the spine and whole body can decompress and rise up (gravity reaction force) as the feet press down into the floor. For them you would not want the tib and fib to fall. Kind regards, Mary
On: April 01, 2015 08:31 AM
Thanks Mary for your clear answer! Hope to have the possibility to continue this interesting work in perception... Margherita
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