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Enhancing the understanding of the flat foot is vital to form a new educational foundation, which is capable of providing the individualized training programs; because the physical symptoms related to the flat foot vary, according to the individual features, therefore improving those issues requires a comprehensive understanding of the individual body.
2018.03.02

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Flat Feet Exacerbated by Dance Training Methods Based on a False Understanding of the Human Body

The foot takes a decisive role in supporting all types of upstream movements by transducing the energy generated by breathing movements into the kinetic energy in interacting with the contact surface as the base of support. Thereby, the authenticity of one's movements is entirely dependent on how one's foot connects one's body with the ground which enables the body to move. Accordingly, being aware of the individual features of one's foot as the foundation of one's movements is critical to attaining the freedom of one's own; and, it should be regarded as the fundamental principle of dance training methods to protect and foster the spontaneity rooted in the individual body. Thereby, enhancing the understanding of the flat foot is vital to form a new educational foundation, which is capable of providing the individualized training programs; because the physical symptoms related to the flat foot vary, according to the individual features, therefore improving those issues requires a comprehensive understanding of the individual body. The education system, which is unable to renew itself with the new knowledge oriented to the imperativeness of reviving humanity, necessarily impedes the natural balance of the body and thereby impacts significantly on the people with physical vulnerability and distinctive features.

The foot with fallen arches characterizes the physical feature of the flat foot, which causes distinctive weight distribution over feet. From the technical viewpoint, an arch is a structure that sustains itself by its semicircular structure compressing itself to radiate the supporting force outward, converted from the downward pressure of the weight above. The human foot has three arches formed by tendons, ligaments, and bony structures, which shape the form of a half dome together. In fact, the essential principle of strengthening and reviving the flat foot lies in maintaining the half-dome shape. The human body is supposed to stand on feet which support the mass of the body on themselves slightly pointing outward; because in that position, the feet can optimally maintain the half dome shape by distributing the body weight along the line of the fat pad. The arches in the foot can become naturally activated with the body weight pressing downward in right places. And walking in an opened posture can strengthen the forefoot and toes by leaning and pushing forward to shift enough weight onto feet and thereby revitalize the sense of feet slowly. In fact, walking is a simple movement, but, by focusing on keeping the right posture regulated by the breathing flow, it can turn into the most effective tool for reviving the flat feet. The fundamental human movements always ensure the best result in addressing physical issues, but the process takes concentration, consistency, and spontaneity. One with flat feet tends to place one's feet in parallel; because of the collapsed arches filling the space of the curve inward, one can hardly perceive the difference between two positions, a parallel and a slightly opened. Despite this handicap, one can find one's innate angle for an opened position; and, it comes out when one is entirely relaxed in lying on one's back. In principle, all body parts recover their original places naturally when relaxed. One's feet are opened outward as wide as one's pelvis opens.

1. Standing in a right opened posture   

#One should find the natural angle and distance between feet by oneself.

2. Leaning forward to the maximum range

#All toes must stay on the floor evenly.

3. Squatting on the forefeet, not on tiptoes

#If necessary, hands can remain on the floor

4. Walking in leaning forward

#Shifting the center of mass forward by pushing forward

5. Jumping on the spot

#Landing softly from forefeet to toes and heels

#Keeping leaning forward from leaping to landing

 

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Nelly Hakkarainen // Teacher
2018.07.19
A very interesting point of view to dance education - your profound ideas give me much to think about! Too often we as dancers and teachers forget the fundamentals of the human body and obsess the form to the detriment of the functionality. We should educate ourself more to understand better the whole kinetic chain in order not to just address the result but the reason. For example reason for tensed shoulder is rarely the conscious habit of gripping one's shoulders up, but a result of e.g. false position of the head or the structure of the feet.


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