Tutorial #3994

Foot Corrector Placement

15 min - Tutorial


You will gain a better understanding of what the Foot Corrector is with this quick tutorial by Dana Santi. She explains the purpose of this small prop as well as how it works and how it relates to the full Pilates system. She then teaches a few exercises that will allow you to work on positions that you use in other exercises.
What You'll Need: Foot Corrector, Pilates Pole

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Jan 26, 2020
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Hi, my name is Dana Santi. And today I am joined by my brother from another mother, Frank Zido. And today he is going to help me help you gain a better understanding of what the foot corrector is, what his purposes and how it works and how the foot positions within it and the work within it can be found all throughout the studio. Okay. So it's very repetitious if we shall say, so Frank, stand behind the foot. Correct. Or we're gonna start with his right foot and I want maybe bring your left foot back a little bit. Yes. Okay.

So this for balance, it is needed. Now we take the front of the foot and we lay the toes out. Right? So they just all have the same amount of skin touching underneath. Okay. The hard part is the pelvis needs to stay as much as it can over the back ankle bone and that, no, I'm sorry.

That's where we get stuck. Okay. We're going to do our best now from here he takes it and the heel. So there's a plate on this, right. And it goes forward and backwards. And I want the front of the foot to have purpose and the back of the heel to kind of press into here, right? But he can't press it. He can't just press it down.

He's got to press it kind of down, back and around so it goes back through his arch. Okay? Cause we're trying to keep this scale here nice. And even now he's going to lift up the ball of the foot and now right from here, the toes kind of go forward and downward, right? And he's going to drag this foot back, but he's got to keep energy in the front of the foot, okay, just purpose. Now from here, he's going to take the heel and press it down, okay?

Toes still going over and now the toes are going to come up to him, but the ball of the foot has to still keep pressing the front part of the scale right down. And now from here, how is that nice? Now lift here, toes over, lift the heel and now he's going to drag the foot forward. But he has to keep purpose in the heel. And now he's going to start to lay the toes back down again and the heels still presses down and around. Okay, we'll go through it one more time. Fair. Alright, keep that back. No, I know. I know. Now lift the ball of the foot. There you go. Toes. Layover. Now he's going to drag it back. Keep purpose in the front of the foot and then the heel goes down, the ball of the foot stays and the toes come up and back.

And then from their toes go forward, lift the heel and now he drags it through and he's going to keep purpose in the heel. Lay the toes down and home. Yes. Okay, now let's do it together. Me and you, you and me. All right. So you stand right within your hips. Okay, foot goes over. Now this is, it is super hard. It is super hard, but it changes fast.

So if you do it all the time over and over and over, do it with all your clients. By the end of the week, you will be magnificent. All right, so toes down heel. Now here's the hard part. Get the pelvis back over the ankle bone. Press firmly down into the standing leg. From here we're going to lift the ball, the foot toes over.

Now drag the foot back, drag it back, keep purpose in the ball, the foot. Okay. And then from here, heel goes down. Okay. And then ball, the foot stays, toes go up. There you go. And now from here, lift the heel, drag it through, keep purpose in the heel and then start laying the toes down. Try to keep the plate, the scale. Nice and even and home. Yes, fair, sucky, changed feet. Okay, so now line up behind Kay.

Ball the foot and now from here, press the heel and lift the ball. The foot, whole it through, keeping purpose in the front. That try to lift the ball of the foot more super hard. And then the heel goes down. Ball of the foot from the front has to press through the front of the scale.

Yes, and toes down and lift and bring it forward. Keeping purpose in the heel and lay the toes down. He being the heel pressing down and around making sense? Okay, so now let's go through it as if we were going to compare it to our footwork. Okay, so footwork the first position, right?

We do the toes out and we're on there. So this action here, lay the toes down, right? Press into the heel. That's your out. Okay? From here, bring it through. Okay. Keep the toes up. Press through the ball of the foot. That's your end.

Okay, funny. Yes, I know. Now from here, come up top, right? We just lifted the ball of the foot. Okay, we're going to pull this back, right? This is our bird on a perch. This is the out and this action forward is the end.

So we go out pressing out. So we know now we have to keep a little purpose in the front of the foot on the out, and as we come forward, right as we come in, we've got to keep a little purpose in the heel, right? Doesn't mean it can change. Does it mean we don't want 50% of the work happening in front of the foot and 50% in the back. We want it to be as equal, but you have to recognize maybe that we have to put a little extra brain power right in a different spot. Okay. And now from here, your heels, so your heel is here and it's kind of just opposite, right? Of your, um, the first footwork we did. Okay. So if we're here, toes up, right. This would be our out. Okay. And then if we come through right forward, this is our in, yes.

Okay. And so we go through all of those positions. We could go through a tendon stretch and tendon stretches. It's funny because everybody thinks of it as a calf, right? A calf stretch. And in my eyes, they, the tendon stretch from here. Right.

Okay. This is, this is your down, right? This is lower the heels, right as we come up. This is lift your heels, right? So we have to lift all the while keeping that purpose in the heel. Right. So we have to put a little thought process there. Okay.

So then another component is utilizing this to gain, you know what Joe [inaudible] termed the perfect stance, right? And we can correct our pelvis all that we want, but we need to correct. Um, you know the stance and the structure of, of how we are, you know, what's naturally supposed to be. Okay? So let's go this way. We're going to almost mimic, I'm going upside on the um, electric chair. Okay, I'm going to go, so we're kind of on that angle. Mimic that. All right, from here, maybe a little closer. All right, this leg stays. This foot's going to go over. Okay. I don't know if we want that up there. Alright.

Structure right pelvis days from here. Lay the ball the foot down. All right, so now we've got it. Now we're pressing that heel over. Lift the ball of the foot [inaudible] and then drag it through. Keeping purpose, keeping purpose in the front of the foot.

He being purpose. The heel goes down. Okay, clearly this is the side I need work on. And then toes up. Keep being pressure in the front and from here, toes over. Lift the heel and drag it through. Lay the toes down and ho and try the other side and enjoy your ride.

Okay. So mimic that same angle, right? That you feel like you might be at on the electric chair. Okay. Pelvis over your ankle bone and from here, press the heel down and over and lift the ball of the foot. Okay. Drag it through. He being that weight through the ball of the foot so we don't keep boot.

So we keep the scale, even ball of the foot down, toes up, and from here, toes down and forward. That's it. Lift the heel, drag it through, keeping love in the heel and lay the toes down and home. Yes. So practice. Hopefully you, um, you can make it work. And you know, I think it goes to say, if this was the first piece that he tried to patent, right? 1925 that we should probably give it more attention, right. And, um, and explore what it was supposed to do. Thank you for watching. Thank you baby.


1 person likes this.
Heading to my foot corrector now to work with this clarifying tutorial.  Thank you Dana! 
2 people like this.
Feet feel terrific, would love to see more foot corrector work! Thanks so much Dana!
Thank you for the tutorial, Dana! I think after watching and doing this for the fourth time, I start to understand the meaning of "keeping purpose" in both parts of the foot.. - so that the bridge is staying neutral right? I knew only the exercises where you have either the toes, the ball of the foot or the heel on the plate. This is new and I like it because it adresses also the fascia of the foot. One question : what is an electric chair?
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Yes!  Headed to the Foot Corrector!  Thank you, Dana!
Marci C
Love this. If PA is able to get more foot corrector tutorials it would certainly suit me. I feel lighter as I walk and more connected to the Earth after doing this! 

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