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"Two Great Pilates Foot-Training Tools"
by Jillian Hessel
Small Equipment: Help clients restore and maintain to, foot and ankle mobility with two small, ingenious devices designed by Joseph Pilates.
Joseph Pilates designed two spring-loaded tools for strengthening and maintaining mobility in the ankles, feet and toes. His foot corrector and toe tensometer may not be the best-known Pilates devices, but today’s rapidly evolving exercise industry offers many solid reasons to give these clever tools a second look.
For starters, interest in maintaining healthy feet is growing in the Pilates profession and beyond. Swimming, diving, yoga and other Eastern practices like tai chi used to be the only forms of barefoot exercise for the general public. Now, barefoot running and other forms of barefoot exercise—such as barre workouts and willPower & grace®—are growing more popular.
Whether shod or barefoot, active people need strong, pliant feet to run, jump, move laterally, perform well and prevent injury. “Think of your body as a building. The feet are the foundation,” said Carola S. Trier, the first Pilates student to....