Happy Feet

I’m so happy with the “Happy Feet” workshop Cate Vallone (from Evolution Pilates) and I ran a couple weeks ago. I have to admit I was nervous. What if people didn’t like it? What if people didn’t find it helpful? What if we forgot the order we planned the workshop in? What if I forgot something obvious? What if people already knew everything we planned to teach them? What if no one signed up? These were all questions racing through my head when the workshop began.

Sometimes I think nerves help keep you on your toes and help you to do a good job. I was really happy with the way the workshop turned out. The entire experience has been very rewarding. Professionally, working with Cate, doing additional research on the feet (which fascinate me), and coming up with exercises that would be useful has been very rewarding. It’s a new angle for me to utilize my knowledge about the body and pilates. And it can offer additional benefits to my clients.

Personally, practicing all the exercise has been really helpful for my own body. I’ve made my feet sore from practice. And, since I have a bunion that causes occasional pain, I now have tools to help maintain it and keep it at bay.

But the day of the workshop was the best. When people with foot injuries said how good their feet felt afterwards, and when instructors were talking about ways they were going to incorporate the exercises into their classes I felt really proud and relieved. I felt like Cate and I had created something beneficial for a number of people on a number of levels.

I often feel pride in my clients. When they do an exercise they couldn’t before, when they learn to knit their ribs, when they feel a muscle they’ve never felt, when they get their neck in line with their spine. It really doesn’t take much to make me happy or proud. I know the subtleties of the pilates method is hard. I can be harder on myself though. And it felt good to feel the pride that I felt post-workshop. I can’t wait to do it again.


About the Author:

Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

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