Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

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Now that you have worked on improving your range of motion and getting some flexibility in your feet, now it is easier to work on some more intricate helpful techniques.

Our Muscles and joints work best when we can flex and stretch them to their full capacity. This is also very important with the feet. As a society we bind our feet in shoes that either have to big of a sole. Walking correctly really requires being able to feel the ground and squeeze the Earth below us. Our hands and feet have the same muscles; we should be just as strong in our feet as our hands.

It is important to master the beginning 1-4 Parts before being successful at this section.

1. When your leg is swinging forward, relax your foot and hit Step Point 1. Feel your foot spread out and open as wide as possible.
2. When you move toward Step Point 2 and 3 begin to flex your foot and really grip the ground.
3. When Moving through Step Point 3 and 4 your foot will begin stretching to its full range of motion outward.
4. Follow through – Like in every sport follow through is important. When your foot has left the ground keep pointing the toe inward and pointed and feel the full length stride.

This part is important to feel the full range of your foot fully relaxed and fully flexed in every stride that you take.

Note: Most Yoga Instructor talk about “old age starts in the toes”. When atrophy starts in your toes the rigidness slowly goes up our body and your joints become like concrete. Each joint becomes less and less flexible.

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Also getting a Massage 1-2 times a month is best to counter a full 40 hours a week at desk.

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

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Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

To keep the integrity of you arch requires having good dexterity in your feet. Gripping the ground and resisting the pull of gravity is important.

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In Part 3, Between Step Point 2 & 3 is when you flex your outside foot to the inside foot. At this point is where you want to grip the ground. Squeeze the ground and feel yourself holding your body up. Falling arches is due to flaccid and sloppy foot technique which allows your feet to flop around. Strong feet will have strong arches. Plantar Fasciitis and Falling arches can be prevented here. This technique is so detail and requires so much patience to understand that a bone just a 1/16th of an inch out of place can cause extreme debilitating pain. With a little foot flexing, many of your foot pain issues will go away.

The StretchFlex Technique for your Arch. Step on a tennis ball and massage the ball along your arch while flexing and stretching your foot. <<>

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Now we get a little more detailed and break up the foot into 4 specific contact points.

Step Point 1: Heal
Step Point 2: Outside Ball of Foot
Step Point 3: Inside Ball of Foot
Step Point 4: Big Toe

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It is important to hit each point individually. Often outward pointed toe walkers will combine Step Points 3 and 4 together. This will lead to very tight outside IT Bands, shin splints, and low back pain. Inward pointed toe walkers will skip Step Point 1, which will lead tight front hips.

It is important to hit Step Point 1 and 2 when your leg is in front of you. Step Point 3 and 4 occur when your leg is behind you.

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Take notice of the muscles in your legs while you’re walking. When your leg is in front of you is when you will use the outside leg muscles. When your leg is behind you, you are going to use your inside leg muscles.

legs (out)legs (in)

Your feet should behave like a wave fluctuating from outside to inside rocking back and forth. However, to the observer it will look like nothing is going on.

Tip: Use some deep tissue massage therapy on the inside arch of your foot.

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

In a full length leg stride it is imperative to have your toes pointed forward the whole time! It is easy to think you are doing this when your leg is in front of you. But what people miss is the technique when your leg is behind you. When your leg is behind you it is easy to turn your foot outwards. 80% of people will point their toes outwards and the other 20% will point their toes inwards.

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If you walk with your toes pointed outward you will only be using more of the outside leg muscles. Like in Part 1 it is key to achieve full range of motion in all joints. If you are only using one side of your leg this is where shin splints, hip issues and low back pain will develop later. People who have their toes pointed inwards will have plantar fasciitis, toe arthritis, and tight front hips.

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Your hip muscles are in charge of changing direction when you are walking. Deep Tissue Massage and stretching these areas will help with improving toe direction. Sitting on a Yoga ball while flexing into the ball will help break up tight hip muscles.
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Toes pointed forward will help you get ready for Part 3.

Take note to follow Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10 which will go in to detail on how your Mental Pattern creates which way your toes point.

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: Range of Motion of the Ankles is equal to Range Of Motion of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Flexibility and excising the full range of motion of any appendage should be a major goal to focus on. This is what I like about yoga; it puts you in positions you would not ordinary get into yourself. But what yoga does the best is tone and strengthen joints while utilizing full range of motion. Body awareness and foot presence is key to mastering the full 10 Part Walking Series.

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tibialis

I have observed that most people’s ankles are stiff and are stuck at the 90 degree ankle. When the leg takes a step forward the front of the foot should be lifted upwards as well. Making sure to hit the heel and not be flat-footed. You should feel your Tibialis Anterior working very hard and if it hurts you are doing it right.

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When you lift the foot an inch more upwards this will allow your leg to mover farther forward in its stride. People with hip issues and tight IT Bands often fall into this category. If one is NOT lifting their foot and allowing their leg to move forward you will be causing the front of your hip to become atrophied and stale. Staleness in a joint will become hard because blood circulation cannot move through the muscle. This will make your joint less maneuverable and may make it susceptible to being injured later. Tight muscles are like glass and if jarred suddenly they shatter. Keep your muscles and joints lucid and flexible with a full range of motion technique so they are more tolerable to outer circumstances.

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It is good to massage your Tibialis Anterior to help loosen up the ankle . Hold the muscle and flex your foot up and down. Flex into the muscle while pressing into it. Continue to press into it while stretching it downwards. This is a bit of the StretchFlex Technique.

 

 

 

 

 

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

 

Introduction on “How to Walk Correctly”

The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

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WARNING: The 10 Part Walking Series is for people who want to empower their own self-healing and take control of your life. Do not read any further if you have a closed mind and are looking for excuses to why you are not getting better. Without an open mind the upcoming text may be very disturbing and frightening to you. If one reads and carries out the 10 Part series you may become healthier and happier. The 10 Part Walking Series is For Perseverant and Personally Responsible People only. You have been Warned! Good Luck!

How to Walk Correctly”, is so simple of a statement it doesn’t make sense. “Of course I know how to walk; I’ve been doing it since I was born.” Yes, you have been. What we have also could have been doing is creating inflammatory diseases and ailments at the same time by not walking correctly. In sports, technique will win out over strength most of the time.

As a Massage Therapist my focus and passion has always been to empower people to heal themselves. Healer means “To Inspire”, Doctor means “To Teach”, and in my book if you are not being taught or inspired by your practitioner on how to resolve your issue, then this is called Failure. Failure in medicine and therapy is when you repeat the same practice and getting very little progress with the same level of pain for the client. The same definition applies to “Insanity”.

I have always been curious on how an injury occurs. It always seems like a game to me, finding the mystery to how the pain got there. Often many people do not know how source of their pain and usually practitioners don’t bother to find out. It is imperative to find out that hip pain got there. Was it from a fall 10 years ago or is it from walking your dog every day? If we can prevent an incorrect actively that is causing us pain then we can administer the correct healing procedure. However, we need the person to stop hurting themselves so that they can progressively heal. If the person is currently hurting themselves on a daily basis is quite difficult to have an effective treatment plan.

The most profound and preventable injury that I see is that people do not walk correctly. As a society we don’t really walk anymore. We walk to the bathroom, to the car, down the hall, but now we rarely walk a mile or 2 to work or to the store. Sometimes I will here, “I had to park 3 blocks away to get here!” If you have trouble walking 3 blocks, you need to walk those 3 blocks. We are such a technological society that we have stomped on Nature for egotistical technology. We think an MRI and surgery is going to help us with our knee issue when really it comes to flexing your muscle correctly. We think technology is going to save us from everything, but if we can listen to Nature it has all the solutions already. The problem is we have to listen to Nature and accept things are easy, which is the hard part.

I have seen many different pain issues such as Arthritis, Scoliosis, Plantar Fasciitis, Bursitis, inflamed joints, ACL/MCL tears, shin splints, falling arches, tight IT Bands, bunions, low back pain, chronic neck pain, and one leg shorter than the other. As far as I am concerned these issues all have to do with one thing: HOW YOUR FOOT CONTACTS THE GROUND. If you have ever constructed a house you would know that the leveling of the foundation is an important part of the building process otherwise you will have crooked windows, walls, and roofs. So goes the same with the body.

The full range of motion of the leg and foot must be exercised otherwise if one continually skips parts of the steps it will be like a house on a slowly sinking foundation. Soon you will have chronic issues above the waist and no matter what kind of therapy you do the issue never resolves and continually reappears. Usually where the pain is, is not the problem, but the symptom. If the window is crooked it has nothing to do with the window itself, it is the crooked foundation, the same thing happens with the body. Often crooked hips and low back pain has to do with the simple technique of not flexing your big toe. You can rub that back all you want but if you do not flex that toe your back is going to keep hurting for a long time.

There have been many devices like orthotics, ointments, and surgeries but all of these are temporary solutions. If you do not flex that foot correctly nothing will change. I have had people lay on my massage bed and they think all I need is for you to rub that spot and it will be gone. And then I have to apologize and say this session is only effective for inspiring you on how to heal and you sir need to flex your foot properly.

Unfortunately walking correctly is not an easy thing to master at first and takes a lot of discipline. Breaking habits is very difficult but the rewards to being able to heal yourself and prevent further injury is quite empowering. I like to think if I was thrown out into the forest would I have to need anything? I don’t want to have to depend on needing something like pharmaceuticals, orthotics, or syringes. I want to be truly health empowered with self-knowledge. After learning the “Walking Correct Technique” you are going to have to ask yourself, “If I can heal this what else can I do? Answer: Everything!

At first learning how to walk again requires a lot of thinking about your feet and can seem overwhelming. So I have broken the steps up so that you can focus on one thing at a time. It is tough to do them all at once but if you can do one you can do the next.

How to Walk Cover(single) copy

 

Extended Version Now on Amazon in

Physical Book Form

“How to Walk Correctly”

by Jacob Caldwell, LMP

 

 

 

 

 Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

 Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

 

Chronic Fatigue – “It’s all up to me!”

Jacob Caldwell, LMP
Medical Intuitive & Massage Therapist
Steps to Enlightenment

Being an Aquarius I can relate to this one, rest is the key, running around a lot can cause a lot of stress on your adrenals. Taking time to rest and receive a massage can rejuvenate yourself to take on more. Even God rested on the 7th day. Something I have noticed with people who do the-run-around-thing a lot is that their Strength Chakra or Solar Plexus is running to high. A common trait with these people is that they think it is all up to them and they have to do it because no one else can. With every issue there is a Chakra that is too high and a Chakra that is too low. Most of the time the Heart Chakra is too low. The Heart is about expressing your vulnerability and asking for what you need.
So if no one can hear what you want, then it will be up to you to do everything yourself. So to balance this scenario, Ask for help!.
In the end you will have more people around you to help you with what you need and as a result you will run around less and have more energy at the end of the day.

How often to get a treatment

A Medical Intuitive Session is best at least once a month for ongoing treatment.Twice a month is good for those that really want to get to the issue..
In regards to massage, it all depends on the nature of your injury or the state of health you would like to maintain.
Once a month…is for those who like to prevent injuries and maintain current health.
Twice a month…is for those who want to catch up to chronic pain and take care of old or new occurring injuries.
Four times a month…is for those who are in the middle of injury treatment and have constant pain.
Eight times a month…is for those that are in a debilitating injury and are in severe pain.
***This of course is merely a suggestion and appropriate consultation with your medical professional is recommended.

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Jacob Caldwell, LMP.
Medical Intuitive
Steps to Enlightenment

Preventing Flu’s and Cold’s

On the energetic level getting sick a lot involves your immunes system which is all about protection and boundaries. To balance this energy it involves not giving away an excess of your energy and standing up for yourself. Be very aware or what you can give away, just because someone asks you to do something doesn’t mean you have to do it. Holding this energy will strengthen your immune system. If you do get sick, check yourself in the last few days, “Did you sell yourself out in anyway?” As a Medical Intuitive I can help identify specifically where and how one does this to themselves.
If one is having trouble with getting sick frequently their immune system is very compromised. We live in an extremely toxic environment which calls for an extreme solution; The Ionic Foot Bath. The Ionic Foot Bath is a dextoxing machine that pulls out mold, chemicals, allergens, metal, and anything inorganic. Our livers and kidneys are filters of the body if they become too flooded with toxins they will not be able to protect the body, especially in a time when it is the cold and flu season. Getting a Ionic Footbath helps support the immune systems so you can take on more and feel better.

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http://www.stepstoenlightenment.com/
Jacob Caldwell, LMP.
Steps to Enlightenment

Negative thoughts attract toxins

Negative thoughts attract toxins – Like energies attract. If we could be conscious of every negative thought that we had we would be very healthy. After every session with a client, where we have “changed their mind”, toxins will be released from the body. It works the other way as well, lots of antioxidants, that release toxins will help release negative thinking. Using both techniques is the best for clear, aware, daily simple living

Clients and I have experienced a positive improvement with toxin release: Glutathione, Zeolite, and the Ionic Foot Bath, all help with helping toxins move out of the body.

Mental issues about release will also relate to the Gall Bladder and Liver in disseminating on what to let into the body. The Bladder will have issues on what to let go. The two together may have trouble working together if they are overloaded with toxins. Introducing antioxidants and cell wall pliability will help these two organs to work together.

Jacob Caldwell, LMP.
http://www.stepstoenlightenment.com