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Pilates, Feet, and Tucketts Toe Free Socks

PilatesJessica FonsecaComment

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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2 Factors in the Relationship Between Yoga and Feet

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Here at Tucketts, we pride ourselves on truly understanding our toeless socks and the oh-so-important feet they cover. In a previous post, Tucketts and Feet, we shared the significance of this pair of body parts and how our brand helps to support them…and YOU!

But how do our uniquely designed socks help with specific types of movement? Well, in order to understand that, we need to understand the movements associated with different types of popular Tucketts use.

It has become apparently clear through customer reviews and Instagram highlights that yogis LOVE including our Tucketts toeless socks in their daily yoga practice. This isn’t a huge surprise given that as of 2016, over 37 million people in the United States alone regularly practice yoga. And since yoga is practiced all over the world, it only makes sense that one of our largest customer groups are yoga-lovers.

Yoga places a large emphasis on using feet in many of its asanas. Having the ability to move the feet freely and accurately while practicing ensures that the movements are being performed to their fullest and injury can be avoided.

So, let’s take a closer look at two factors in the relationship between yoga and feet.

Feet Support Yoga Movement

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According to yoga experts, the feet help support a variety of yoga poses. Some of these include standing poses, such as Trikasana (Tree), Garudasana (eagle), and Natarajasana (Dancer). In these poses, the feet work as the solid foundation for the body.

Steady feet also help to stabilize other poses such as backbends (Wheel and Bridges) and forward bends. When moving the spine in these ways, finding foundation in both the feet and the hands is vital to maintaining the pose. Having the ability to grip the ground is essential.

Feet with grip are especially important for often used Adho Mukha Svanasana(Downward Dog), 3-legged Dog, lunges, and triangle poses, where slippage can cause injury if your feet are not stable. Injuries such as sprains or pulled ligaments can be avoided.

Yoga Supports the Feet

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Yoga also provides valuable assistance to proper foot functionality. Nimble bending and strengthening of the foot and toe muscles is required for walking, running, and jumping. However, in order to achieve optimal foot movement, the tendons and fascia need to be lubricated, pliable, and strong. This is where yoga can help, and Tucketts only make it better. The support Tucketts provides in critical locations specifically designed into the sock supports foot and yogi movement exactly where it is needed.  

Finally, poses like Downward-Facing Dog and Dolphin also help with stretching the Achilles Tendon. Staying flexible through the Achilles Tendon could help avoid a devastating and long-term injury to this critical Tendon.

There are many other factors in the relationship between yoga and feet, but the points mentioned above demonstrate just how the two can rely on each other. Tucketts toeless socks can help your yoga practice safely thrive.

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3 Ways Tucketts Supports Barre Lovers

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Tucketts toe free socks are super unique in the grip sock industry because they offer freedom to the toes and some of the designs are specifically designed to support the arch of the foot. (For more details on our design, check out our blog post on Tucketts and Feet.) It’s no wonder that many of our customers love to wear our socks when they step up to the ballet bar. Our well-crafted features make Tucketts toe free socks an excellent addition to any Barre workout.

Participation in Barre classes has grown by almost 1 million people between 2013 and 2017. This surge in popularity can be attributed to a number of different factors. First, Barre exercises combine movements from many different workouts, but specifically dance. Second, the movements are small and precise, so they target small muscle groups to optimize muscle activation. Finally, barre exercises require little to no equipment, so they can be performed anywhere and by anyone!

Because of the close relationship between dance and barre workouts, the feet are an essential component in executing them to the fullest. In fact, one of the greatest benefits to practicing dance and barre exercises is an improvement in overall balance and flexibility, not to mention leaner muscles. Without proper foot placement, and a good deal of grip and support, finding this centering in the body would not be possible.

So, let’s look at three ways Tucketts toeless socks can help you with your Barre exercises.

Tucketts Grips so You Won’t Slip

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The BPA-Free grippers on the bottom of our toe free socks are designed to hold you solidly in place with each step. This key feature is beyond important in barre exercises. In barre exercises like Arabesque, Rond de Jambe, and Arabesque Fly, the body needs a strong foundation starting with the feet. Our grips will prevent your supporting leg from slipping while your action leg works to the music.

Also, the toeless structure of our socks enables barre lovers to grip the ground with each toe. The freedom to open and spread your toes increases your support and guarantees better alignment in each standing exercise a barre class has to offer.

Tucketts Supports Your Arch

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Barre exercises place a large emphasis on stretching and extending the foot through the arch. In exercises like Releve, Plie, and Passe, movers lift up through the feet and raise their heels from the floor. In these movements, having a solid arch support prevents the tendons and muscles located on the arch of the foot from pulling. This is where Tucketts can help.

As mentioned before, the weave of our Anklet and Knee High Tucketts hug and support around the arch and over the top of the foot. This compression keeps the fascia connected and prevents strain. In our taller socks, the design also includes strong ankle support. The ability to keep the ankle from folding and buckling during these types of barre exercises also prevents sprains and other injuries.

Tucketts Protects Your Feet

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People often turn to exercises like those found in Barre to improve weak or painful feet. The impact of daily life, from shoes to regular movements, can weaken and restructure the tendons and bones in the feet. Exercises like those mentioned above in barre can help to change that and having strong material around the foot only makes the movement more effective.

Wearing Tucketts socks also helps protect the feet from sensitivity. This can eliminate injury from impact and prevent blisters that may form during different barre exercises.

Barre exercises put the feet front and center, and Tucketts toeless socks are the perfect addition to these movements!

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