Back to Basics: AN INTRO AND THE HEEL SIT

Posted on 07. Feb, 2012 by drpeters in Uncategorized

This year we will focus on a “back to basics” approach to physical well-being and activity. From body mobility and movement, to fun and fitness, and even nutrition, our practice will look to key basic principles of each. We hope this encourages a return to the basics so as to build a stronger foundation for an active, healthy lifestyle. Re-connecting to fundamentals is a key to ensuring efficiency in all things. A serious review of these principles will hopefully prompt some changes in your lifestyle that can have positive long-lasting effects for years to come.

THE HEEL SIT:
To my surprise, me and approximately 90% of my clients, cannot perform a “heel squat”. A heel squat, or heel sit, is the ability to bend your knees completely down into a sitting position where your rear hits your heels. If you are free of severe ankle, hip, or knee problems, then this a movement you should be able to do. Unfortunately, most of us (me included) have created a myriad of interconnected problems throughout our bodies. As the saying goes, “when the feet hit the ground, everything changes”. If your feet (the foundation of your body) are in altered in their posture, function and alignment then the rest of the body is forced to follow. The body will compensate and adapt to any alteration. This can then result in joint or muscle problems in the feet and anywhere else from there on up to the head and neck.

Meet K Star (A Doctor of PT) and his MobilityWOD website (www.Mobilitywod.com). He has introduced this basic concept to the masses. Check out this clip on the Heel Squat:

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