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Pilates, Feet, and Tucketts Toe Free Socks

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Our clients use our toe free socks for so many different exercises and activities. In previous posts, we discussed how our toeless socks can support yoga exercises, and how they can keep feet safe and supported during barre workouts. Now we will take a closer look at how Tucketts toe free socks can do the same during Pilates.

Feet are the core foundational landmarks of the body and have so many complex tendons, bones, and fascia elements that it is crucial to maintain them. In our post, Tucketts and Feet, we provide a glimpse of how each small foot element comes together to help with movement and mobility.

Similarly, Pilates exercises are designed to pull together intricate movement principles to create a solid foundation for the entire body. The founder of the Pilates Method of exercise, Joseph Pilates, combined his knowledge of circus training, boxing, and self-defense to build this method of movement in the 1920s. As the method evolved, Pilates increased his emphasis on the inclusion of principles such as flow, control, and centering, amongst others. Based on these ideas, it is easy to see how the exercises can be applied to the movement of feet.

Expert Pilates instructor and founder of FEET-NESS, Ilaria Cavagna, is quoted to say that once she started focusing on training her clients’ feet, their entire bodies began to transform. In her innovative, pilates-infused, foot-focused fitness program, Cavagna emphasizes centering just like Joseph Pilates. She states that with the average human body taking between 5,000 and 10,000 steps per day, stretching and strengthening the feet is vital to physical health. Luckily, Pilates exercises are known for successfully combining muscle activation and stretch in almost every movement.

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With such a strong link between feet, PIlates movement, and health, it seems natural that our clients would use Tucketts in their practice. Let’s take a look at how our toeless socks move with Pilates.

Pilates and Feet Align

Alignment is key to proper foot functionality. It is also a key component to Pilates exercises. Ilaria Cavagna believes that proper alignment and posture are essential to a pain-free life. As we highlighted in our post on Tucketts and Feet, alignment begins with the feet and our toeless socks are uniquely designed for this kind of support.

In every Pilates movement, whether standing, kneeling, or lying down, proper alignment is addressed and corrected. Over time, our bodies tend to become misaligned from daily activities like sitting at desks, driving, standing all day, and carrying bags. Simply “standing up straight” will not lead to overall proper alignment. Pilates exercises focus on the proper placement of every part of the body to correct these misalignments and help with proper gait.

Tucketts toe free socks also help support alignment. Our supportive arch and ankle designs, like those found in our knee high socks, make it possible for Pilates instructors to notice dips in shifts in the feet. These elements also help clients feel where they need to focus their training to strengthen their feet and improve their posture.

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Free Toes Improve Pilates

In order to achieve proper alignment, Joseph Pilates and his predecessors created different types of apparatus that assist in movement. Each piece of equipment is designed to help place the body where it needs to be. The equipment, as well as the movements, demand complete concentration in order to be successful. Having full mobility in the feet and hands while performing these exercises is necessary.

Whether our clients are using the chair, reformer, cadillac, or foot corrector, Tucketts toe free design allows for full foot articulation. The ability to move and grip with the toes is needed for specific exercises like foot work on the Pilates reformer or Wunda chair.

Also, the substantial grips on the bottoms of the Tucketts socks provides slide resistance during exercises like side splits or bridging on the reformer. The stability provided by the sock ensures safety on the equipment as well as support through the movement.

This is just a small taste of the connection between feet and Pilates, and how Tucketts can make that connection even better.

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     MEGAN DENSMORE

 

“When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it” [Paulo Coelho] This is exactly what happened for me in my life. 

When I was 13, I was diagnosed with a condition called fibromyalgia, which is basically a full body, chronic, system shutdown. My body, muscles, joints didn’t like to work. I was prescribed heavy painkillers, but didn’t want to take a pharmaceutical route and tried things my own way. It took a long time, but after many years I was able to live a fit lifestyle once again through natural supplements, dietary changes, Pilates, kettlebell sport, yoga, and running, all of which I believe has brought me back up from my chronic pain and keeps me in a pain free, manageable, fit, and healthy lifestyle.

 

How I found love in a Pilates Studio

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  DANA TARASAVAGE

 

I grew up in the warm embrace of the east coast of Florida. Nestled near the ocean and hugged by two rivers, my little town of Merritt Island was an idyllic place to be a kid. There was always somewhere to play, run, swim, surf or daydream.

Like many little girls, my mom started me in ballet around age five. I quickly grew tired of it and insisted on quitting. Even at a young age I knew what I wanted! I swapped dance for gymnastics and competed all around the state until age 11. But like ballet, I began to grow tired of gymnastics and had seen my next movement calling: the stage.