AIM is closed chain neuromuscular education in which contact with the ground is paramount. Your feet communicate this relationship through all your muscles and joints by means of pressure. Foot problems are therefore always linked to balance and movement problems elsewhere in your body. They are maintained by the way your body relates to gravity and the 'strategy' your brain has to avoid pain by limiting movement. The precision and micro-movements of deep-set muscles that make your large movements easy and smooth are then lost. This is the cause of recurring injuries.
What is missing?
Walking is a dynamic exercise in (im)balance, in which you don't 'hold on' to your centre, but let it pass. Every step again. The six phases of the gait cycle together form a path from heel to big toe over which your centre of gravity moves, on its way to the next step. A series of three-dimensional tests, which can also be regarded as exercises, give you insight into 'what is missing'. What makes your path narrow, wobbly and painful. And how you can heal yourself.
Change the way you move
Observing the pressure in the sole of your foot and thus moving your centre of gravity -where, when- is the key to change. In order to move better, we create the right environment for all joints to function optimally in relation to gravity. With the right timing. A precisely placed wedge under your heel, toe or ball of your foot can give your nervous system access to the micro-movements you have lost. So that you can experience and use the whole chain of muscles, fascia and joints. Your pain will disappear and you will move better than you could ever have imagined.
Gary Ward: "The spine is the same as the foot, we have to get articulation in every bone of it."
Five big rules
•Muscles lengthen before they contract
•Joints act, muscles react
•Everything orbits around centre
•Perceived centre dictates movement, posture, pain and potential
•Perfection is hardwired and comes pre-installed
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