High Heel Healing
Using the Feet & Legs Efficiently for Improving Posture and Enhancing Exercise & Sports
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Healing know-how for foot pain relief, back support, and postural guidance for walking in high heels - as well as for running, cycling and climbing stairs in any shoe. Comprehensive advice from a New York City Pilates teacher and Backbone and Wingspan movement expert: Herald specializes in helping people improve posture by strengthening the back body muscles and the foot, leg and hip connections which support the spine. The verbal text is structured to precisely align with a vast range of illustrations, photos and video segments to reveal feet from different angles, simplify complex anatomical relationships, and illuminate bodily depths from muscles to connective tissues down to the tendons and bones. Broad and useful advice on calves and hamstrings stretching, plantar fasciitis, and shaping problem areas such as the butt and saddlebags, as well as elongating waistlines. Learning to integrate movement and support from hips-to-heels helps heal metatarsals, hammertoes and weak ankles, assists in alleviating ailments such as sciatica and bursitis, and supports knee and hip joint issues, lumbar spine mobility and sacroiliac stability. Herald also has a background as a musical theater and night club performer - witness in photos and stories how he has more than just “walked in your shoes” - transforming the healing expertise into a “heightened” experience. Herald is the sobriquet, nom de plume and archetype of the artist formerly known as Tim Driscoll. As the director of Backbone and Wingspan®, his back work has been recognized in W Magazine, Time Out New York, Metro Sports New York and on New York Magazine.com. The High Heel Recovery Clinic he created and hosted within his Midtown-Manhattan Pilates studio was featured on CNN.com Health and WNYC Radio as well as in the Thursday Styles Section of The New York Times and on CBS New York News. Visit: highheelhealing.com and backboneandwingspan.com & feetforfitness.com to see press snippets and read testimonials on how this work helps heal both women and men.
Get your heels on!!!
This book is fantastic! I was blown away by its ability to describe posture and alignment on so many levels. Not only does this book offer practical exercises to heal yourself, it offers a guide to connection beyond your heels. I love the personal content which allows the reader to get to know the author. I feel the need to read this book again and again to understand the subtle and not so subtle relationships it has woven together. The volumes of work that are in this book is astounding. I will be teaching a class for healers on how to work with the physical body, and I intend to use this book as a bridge between the body and its relationship to the Earth and the Universe.
Pat Miller - Former Joffrey Ballet Dancer, Pilates and bodywork teacher with 20 years of experience.
I am a vocalist and must stand and move in heels for four to five hours, several times a week, so when I was seeking information on how to make my situation more comfortable I came across this wonderful book. The moment the author began to speak I immediately felt relief! Learning how everything is connected and seeing the visual examples in such a clear and understandable way has granted me the knowledge I was seeking. Now I can war my heels with power and control, and at age 49 I have let go of the idea of having to give them up!
This book has saved my body and my soothed my soul. It has also given me the freedom to continue performing In my favorite shoes!!
Let the healing begin!!
What a comprehensive book this is for anyone looking to relieve pain or improve their posture! As a ceramicist, the health of my body and proper alignment is crucial to making work, and this book offers so much practical advice and information on the body and its connections. I can see returning to this again and again. A must-have for those who use their bodies like I do!