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Bodywise, Inc. was established in 2001 in the San Fernando Valley and for the past 13 years has been the premier Pilates studio of the area.  With a highly personalized approach to our client’s goals and overall well-being the skilled staff have a superb knowledge of the body and true organized kinesthetic movement.  We are completely committed to our client’s goals and wellness, empowering our client’s with knowledge and fitness so that their physical well-being achieves its highest level.  Over the 13 years we have successfully alleviated chronic pain, helped those with disabilities to live a better life, assisted those in post-rehabilitation for a full body recovery and enhanced athletic performance up to 30% while lowering the incidence of injury.  By taking Pilates to the next level we take our client’s well being to the next level.  Bodywise is committed to making your Body as Wise as your mind. 

Use it or Lose it….So True


Use it or Lose it….So True

Jennifer Wilson

Given life’s events I have come to learn that not using my body lends itself to a huge amount of discomfort and joint pain, whereas when I exercise at least to some degree daily I feel fantastic with the most discomfort I may be in being muscle fatigue.  Based on the very true old adage (which I actually looked up but could not find where the quote came from) I have decided to start a series of reminders to “use it or lose it”.  


Today I would like to discuss the ankles and feet.  Given our modern living on concrete/asphalt and shoes, most of us have feet that are hugely non articulating leading to several issues that occur with the feet themselves, ankles, knees and eventually the pelvis.  


A quick test -- how far can you squat down with your legs parallel, just slightly wider than your sitz bones keeping your heels down?  My guess might be not very far without falling over.  Tight ankles.  Healthy ankles should enable you to squat and balance there.  Let’s try squatting at least once a day to improve the flexibility in our ankles.


Second quick test -- can you scrunch up a towel laid out in front of you pulling the towel towards you with your toes and metatarsals?  This one is probably easier than the squatting however you might experience a non-fluid motion of getting your foot to make the movement and perhaps some early fatigue.


Use it or lose it, right?  We used to walk barefoot on the dirt for miles and miles, now we barely walk in shoes on concrete and asphalt.  Your feet need to articulate properly using both the posterior and anterior muscles in the lower leg.  Ultimately, this usage affects how your pelvis is able to move to sustain you as you go through life.


Let’s choose the “use it” path together!!!!  There is nothing like a healthy happy body!!