Did you know that your shoes can hurt your neck?

Each term we experiment with what happens when we line ourselves up nicely and and then stand on a wedge (before you say you don't wear heels, anything that lifts your heel higher than your toes is a heel - many running shoes for example have quite a big lift at the heel to compensate for tight calves and hamstrings).

We are giving our body the confusing message to tip forward, which of course we then need to put the brakes on so that we don't fall over. A range of compensations are the result, but one thing for sure is that your head and neck will register the forward acceleration with every step (and there is a good chance rib thrusting will be helping you hold yourself up which won't be doing you any favours either). Look at Julia Roberts below, leading the way for us all (mind you, it looks like nice clean carpet - I'm not suggesting you walk down Ryrie Street in bare feet any time soon!)

 Shoes Matter Part 1: Julia Roberts on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival recently. Several women were denied entry to festival events last year for failing to wear high heeled shoes. Interestingly, no one tried to keep Julia out!  (photo courtesy of the New York Times)

Shoes Matter Part 1: Julia Roberts on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival recently. Several women were denied entry to festival events last year for failing to wear high heeled shoes. Interestingly, no one tried to keep Julia out!  (photo courtesy of the New York Times)

Speaking of walking, thank you to everyone who came on our first walk last week. It was fantastic and helped us all take forward steps (see what I did there) with our movement health. We did a lot more than just walk, and we even included a spontaneous car alignment makeover - which I think should be a feature of all future walks where we can manage it. Thanks to Glen for the great photos!

 Look where we get to walk! And there were just props set up for us everywhere, just look at these concrete 1/2 domes.

Look where we get to walk! And there were just props set up for us everywhere, just look at these concrete 1/2 domes.

This week we are talking more about upper body function which is so important to your health, even if you never plan to swing across the monkey bars. What's going on in the upper half impacts on your neck and shoulder tension, your bone density, your core strength and even how you breathe.

We'll spend time stretching the legs - because tension here means every step thrusts the head and shoulders forward. And we'll also spend time opening up the chest muscles - so we can stand tall, without thrusting the ribs - allowing your neck muscles to lengthen and your shoulders to relax.

There will be more upper body explorations next week, and next term we are offering two neck and shoulder sessions in our new Focus Series on Tuesdays. You can book in for just one or both for a discount. Click the photo below to find out more.