Massage on the Foot Corrector
Want a foot massage? Pilates has that! On the Pilates Foot Corrector, there is a delicious massage that not only works out all the fascia and opens up the muscles in your feet, it also helps you focus on your two-way stretch. While you are giving your foot a massage you are reaching down through your standing leg and up through the crown of your head. It’s tempting on this exercise to “lean” or try to do it only with the foot that is on the Foot Corrector. But, the more you bring your entire body into it the better it gets.
Reach down through your stable leg, up through the crown of your head.
Place a tissue on the paddle unless you are wearing a sock that isn’t sticky. Stand facing the Foot Corrector. The ball of your foot is on the paddle and heel is on the back end of the base. Your standing leg is about a gaits distance or a little closer away. Arms can be long by your side or behind your head. Feel the reach through the back of your leg without locking your knee. Square off your hips. It’s easy to hike the hip of the paddle leg. Look straight ahead instead of down at your foot.
Press the paddle down and slide your entire foot across the paddle. When your heel reaches the paddle and the ball of your foot meets the floor lift your heel up. Then, press the heel down and reverse the massage. Repeat this 3-5x and then switch sides. If necessary, repeat on the foot that needs more attention. Ideally, place yourself where you can see your reflection in a mirror so you are less tempted to look down or lean forward to move your foot back and forth. Notice if your foot slides to one side or another. Or if it’s easier one direction versus another.