Hurray! Following Boris’ latest announcement, I will be leading small group walks (observing social distancing of course) starting on Monday. Me plus a maximum of 5 other participants. So looking forward to sharing some fresh air with other human beings (other than those in my house!)
I have just set up a Doodle Poll for booking all walks next week to ensure we don’t exceed the limit. I’m sure you will be considerate when booking, & only tick what you intend to attend! If you have to cancel, please can you text me asap on 07963252577 so I can let someone else have the place. Thankyou.
This is the first walk I would have been leading for the Chiltern Walking Festival which was due to be taking place now. I did it last sunday on my own in beautiful weather, enjoying a leisurely picnic lunch at Ellesborough church on route. Fantastic views from Coombe Hill over the Vale of Aylesbury, a peek at Chequers, & a ‘secret’ winding path down the steps through the ancient boxwood of Ellesborough Warren, all make this a very memorable 7 miler. Go & explore for yourself! … See MoreSee Less
Timeline PhotosThis Mental Health Awareness Week is all about the importance of kindness.
Of course, being kind to others is crucial in the world, but doesn’t kindness start at home? How often are you kind to yourself?
This week, take the opportunity to be kind to your mind. Here are a few of our favourite ways to do this: 💆♂️ Allow yourself to feel all emotions – good and bad – with no judgement. Sit with the uncomfortable feelings without pushing them away. Allow yourself to feel happy and good without guilt. All feelings are fluid – they don’t last – so give them the space they need before they leave. 💆♀️ Be mindful how you speak to yourself – don’t let your inner critic pull you down. Whenever you hear yourself criticise something you’ve done, pick three things you’ve done right to counteract. 💆♂️ Treat yourself as you would your best friend – e.g. if your friend made a mistake, would you rush to criticise and call them stupid? No, so don’t do it to yourself! 💆♀️ Take some time for you – go for a long walk, have a bath, read your favourite book… whatever it is you enjoy. Take time for this without feeling guilty because as we know, you cannot pour from an empty cup.
Self-care and self-kindness is so important. Not only is it better for your mental health, you will have more capacity to be kind to others, too.
So, go on – tell us one thing you will do this week to be kind to yourself! After all, you deserve it 🥰💚 … See MoreSee Less
I love this guy. Did a 6 day intensive course with him last summer which blew my mind! Still processing a lot of the information, & gradually incorporating it into my daily movement practices, & sprinkling it in to my NW & yoga teaching.Why don’t we try and re-frame plantar fasciitis for you If you think this is you, then very simply consider that it’s a result of your foot bones not moving as they should and the result of this is perpetually compromised underfoot tissues.
A flat foot with a low arch means that the tissue underfoot is LONG. Many people call this ‘tight’. And when you hear the word ‘tight’ you instantly want to stretch it – but the problem is: it’s already LONG 🙇🏻♂️
You may also have been told that the muscles are weak. They aren’t weak, they are under-stimulated. Under-stimulated by the lack of bone motion going on down there.
You may have a really high arch, in which case the muscles underfoot are bunched and crampy. You may be advised to roll it with a lacrosse ball (😖 – not by me btw). The main problem here is, yep you guessed it that those bones which are stuck in a high arch position cannot move into a place that reduces the amount of compression taking place on the underside of the foot. The only way the tissue is going to regain its lively, buoyant, tissuey and useful sense of self is if we get those bones moving.
A foot whose arch can BOTH fall and rise with every foot step is a foot who’s plantar tissues can BOTH lengthen and shorten. In such a foot there is unlikely to be any hint of plantarfasciitis as the tissues recover their elasticity and blood is allowed to flow and pump through the area.
I say unlikely because on many occasions I have also had super mobile feet with p/f (doesn’t mean they are being used very well) that have been unresponsive to foot based treatment and almost always the person has significantly lacked spinal mobility in flexion and extension.
A spine that is flexed and cannot extend is as bad as a foot that is flat and cannot rise. In this case the two speak to each other loud and clear.
In What The Foot I described a condition called “Nobody-ever-moves-me-itis”. This is basically that….
So if you have plantarfasciitis let’s just get your feet moving, pronating and supinating and also get your spine moving. I’ll show you how to do both in my Wake Your Feet & Body Up programmes. #garywardsanatomyinmotion #wakeyourbodyup … See MoreSee Less