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Improve Turnout Using the Bones of the Feet

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Improve turnout using the bones of the feetHow can you possibly improve turnout from the bones of your feet?Maybe if we think about it this way:How many bones in your thigh?: 1How many bones in your lower leg?: 2How many bones in the pelvis: 3How many bones in your ankle and foot?: 26 bones, 33 joints and wait for it - 7000 nerveendings!Now what about this:If you want to improve turnout and you are trying to do it only from the muscles surrounding thethigh and pelvis you are are only getting access to muscles that connect to 5 bones in total.And that’s fine if everything is already free and activated and ready to go…But if there’s a blockage or a weakness or a lack of connection in those areas then where doyou go?Stretching, strengthening and conditioning-these are more of the same of what you are alreadydoing but for often diminishing results, drawing over and over from the same basic informationsource.What is needed to unlock range, true strength and interconnectivity in these circumstance isnew information…And what better or more complex information can you get access to in the leg than the 26 bonesand 33 joints of the foot and ankle with their attendant muscles and ligaments?

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In this article I will be sharing a simple yet incredibly effective way to improve turnout range andactivation using the complexity of the bones of the feet and ankles.First of all please compare your range of turnout in butterfly position, first position and in tendusand and rand de jambe. Feel free to photograph or film yourself so you can do a comparisonafter you have done the exercise below:Then follow these steps!:Step 1. -Sit down on the floor on your sit bones.Step 2. stretch out your left leg and take hold of your right knee with your right hand with theknee pointing to the ceiling and the right foot flat on the floor.Step 3. Move your body from all contacting surfaces and imagine all the bones of the feet andankles floating. Imagine the movement of the body is moving the bones of your feet.Step 4: Next imagine the bones of your feet floating back up your leg and the complexity of theleg bones being mirrored in the complexity of the movement of your lower leg, knee, thigh andpelvis.After following these steps, stand up and go into first position again.What did you notice? What did you feel was different? What was the change in ease and rangeof turnout in 1st position? What was the change in ease and range of turnout and movement intendus and rand de jambe?Once again feel free to take a photo or film yourself and compare to your original shots beforethe exercise. If you like you are welcome to share them in our FB group (and get some moregreat weekly training!) right here: if you would like to have this particular concept adapted for improved 5ths, and En l’airwork, you can find a time for a free breakthroughs session in here: soonZac©Zac Jones Heal Yourself and Move 2022