Press Downs on the Foot Corrector
The Pilates Foot Corrector is by far one of the most unique looking pieces of Pilates apparatus. There are a few exercises you can do on the Foot Corrector. The Press Downs I find to be the most challenging. In another tutorial, the “Massage” while tricky is more enjoyable than challenging. If you are someone who stands on the outsides of your feet, or your arches fall in, or maybe you lean into your heels more, this series of exercises will be amazing for you. It’s a great ending series or if you’re feeling a bit distracted a great series to start with.
Reach through standing leg and lift tall as you press down and lift up.
There are several ways you can do the Press Down on your foot. I highly recommend you are somewhere you can easily view your foot on the Foot Corrector in a mirror without leaning. The leg that is off the Foot Corrector is about a gaits distance away. Stand tall in your standing leg and lift from your center. Also, place the Foot Corrector on something sticky if your floor is slippery.
Ball of the Foot: Place your heel on the back of the Foot Corrector (longer end) and the ball of your foot on the paddle. Keep your toes long. Without leaning forward, press the ball of your foot down and lift the paddle back up. Maintain evenness in the paddle throughout. Repeat 5-10x and switch feet. Repeat if necessary on a weaker foot.
Heel: Turn the Foot Corrector around so that the ball of the foot can be on the long end and the heel can be on the paddle. Press evenly through the heel and lift the paddle up 5-10x. It’s easy to lean on one side of the heel so maintain evenness. Switch feet and repeat if needed.
Arch: place the arch of your foot on the paddle. Try to keep your toes and heel a the same level. It’s easy to “curl” them. Then like your leg is a “piston” pump the paddle up and down 5-10x. Repeat on the other side.