Fall In Love With Your Foam Roller! Release, Strength, and Balance Workshop. Friday May 3rd

Do you have a love/ hate relationship with your roller? Is your roller collecting dust in the basement? Do you feel like you “should” roll your legs, but avoid doing so because it hurts?

Let me show you how to incorporate this versatile tool into your self-care routine utilizing Fluid’s “Top Ten Foam Roller” exercises!

Myofascial release on the foam roller

Join us Friday May 3rd at 6 pm for this fitness “Happy Hour”.

Learn how to gently release your soft tissue, strengthen your core, legs, and upper body, and improve your standing balance. I will provide light snacks and drinks. You are welcome to bring your own roller, use one of mine, or purchase a roller from me before class.

Contact Anne to sign up today!

$30 per person, or $50 for two people.

Anne@ FluidPortland.com

(503) 705-4762     

Healthy Shoe Clinic October 21st

Have you been to Pie Footwear?

They are a locally owned shoe store that specializes in minimal/ zero drop footwear. Stacy, the owner, has offered to host a shoe clinic here at Fluid world headquarters this month. This is a great opportunity to learn about comfy, and fashionable minimal shoe options, and how to safely transition to a wide, flat shoe.

This is perfect timing for me as I am on the hunt for a waterproof winter shoe for kicking around town. Check out these sweet Mary Janes:


  • Who: You! and your healthy shoe wearing friends.
  • What: Shoe clinic. Try on shoes, learn about why healthy footwear is important.
  • When: Saturday October 21st 2017, at 10:30 am.
  • Where: 1644 S.E. Clatsop Street, Portland (Sellwood), Oregon, 97202
  • Why: You need stylish, pain free winter feet!

If you are interested please R.S.V.P. to me (Anne@FluidPortland.com, or 503-705-4762) prior to October 16th so I can reserve a spot for you.

Know someone looking to transition to minimal shoes? Please send this info to your special person, or invite them to come with you to the shoe clinic.


Anne McCranie is a Portland, Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She believes YOU have the power to relieve your foot pain by following a foot care program that includes increasing your body awareness, stretching and strengthening your feet, and wearing proper footwear. Contact Anne and together you will develop your custom foot care program.

Healthy Feet, Healthy Body

If you have done any personal training with me or attended one of my Pilates or yoga classes you have no doubt heard me discuss the importance of strong, flexible, healthy feet. Greater strength and mobility allows for more economic movement.

What are “Healthy Feet”?

  • Pain free!
  • Strong and flexible, feet, ankles and toes, that all articulate when you walk.
  • Toes are straight, not crooked, and point straight forward.
  • Toes lie flat, not curled under, with toenails pointing up towards the ceiling.
  • Foot is triangle shaped, widest at toes.
  • You are able to walk barefoot without discomfort.

Why is Foot Health Important?

Deconditioned foot muscles can cause muscles in your legs, hips and back to work less efficiently. This may translate to pain in your knees, low back, shoulders and neck. Common foot ailments include: bunions, neuromas, plantar fasciitis (or plantar fasciosis), hammertoes, and ingrown toenails.

How Can I Correct These Problems?

Oh I’m glad you asked! The good news is a lot of this is under your control. Start paying attention to which shoes hurt your feet, what activities make your feet feel better or worse? Kick your shoes off once or twice a day and walk around the house or office barefoot (if you are not currently in a painful, inflamed state). Meet with Anne to learn about:

  • Foot strengthening exercises
  • Healthy footwear
  • Correct Toes
  • Use of heat or cold
  • Myofascial release work

In this recent article about a new “foot core paradigm”. Dr. Patrick McKeon, an athletic therapist and professor of exercise science and his colleagues outline their ideas presented in the March issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine. They argue that traditional sports medicine largely ignores the contribution of the intrinsic foot muscles in stabilization work.

“When we talk about core stability, you immediately have visions of people training their abdominal muscles,” says Dr. Patrick McKeon, an athletic therapist and professor of exercise science at Ithaca College in New York.

“We also have a foot core,” he says. “The muscles in the foot behave in the same way.”

These small muscles in our feet help keep us stable and balanced as we move. By relying on shoes with arch support, or orthodics we use the small muscles less. The large muscles of the foot and lower leg often take over the role of stabilization. This can lead to overuse injuries. When my clients ask me about orthodics I recommend using them as a temporary “cast” to support and immobilize the injured area while it heals rather than using orthodics an ongoing permanent solution. Once the inflammation is gone you can begin strengthening the muscles that support your arch, rather than allowing them to become deconditioned.

So how do we strengthen these tiny muscles? The authors recommend spreading the toes wide, squeezing them together, curling your toes and pulling a towel towards you, and picking up a marble with your toes (all moves by the way that we did here in our Healthy Feet Workshop this past February).

Contact me to find out how my “Healthy Foot” program can help you live pain free!


Healthy Feet Workshop Saturday May 20th

Have your poor feet spent the winter crammed into boots? It is time to give them some well deserved TLC.

Join us Saturday May 20th for Fluid’s Healthy Feet Workshop!


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  • If you suffer from bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammer toes, or general foot pain this class is for you!
  • If you wear heels, dress shoes, soccer cleats, climbing shoes or traditional running shoes on a regular basis this class is for you!
  • If you are not able to stand or walk barefoot without pain this class is for you!
  • If you have relatively healthy, pain free feet, and want to enjoy a day of foot pampering with your Fluid family this class is for you!

Anne provides all equipment. You bring your feet, your loved ones, and the shoes you wear most often. You will learn how to make good choices about your footwear, and foot care so that you can continue hiking, running, traveling, and living your life pain free!

Want to come to class for free? Post a photo of your feet on Fluid’s facebook page from now until Wednesday May 17th. Anne will pick one lucky winner who will receive a free pass to this class, and a goody bag.

Anne healthy feet S.Y. promo


  • Who: You!
  • What: Foot soak, healthy feet/ healthy shoe discussion, strength and flexibility exercises, self massage, and myofascial release work.
  • When: Saturday May 20th, 12:00 – 1:30 pm.
  • Where: Fluid’s Sellwood studio 1644 S.E. Clatsop Street, Portland, Oregon 97202.
  • Why: Reduce foot pain, learn how to strengthen and stretch your feet and ankles, and visit with your Fluid family.
  • How much: $25 per person, (or $40 for two people).

Anne will also have foot care goody bags, therabands, myofascial release balls, Correct Toes and Toe Socks for sale.

This class will sell out so contact Anne today to reserve your spot.

(503) 705-4762


Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She works with her clients one on one and in small groups using a combination of movement + massage to aid in pain relief.

Hanna Somatics For Stress Reduction And Pain Relief

Update: This workshop is now full. If you would like to be put on the waiting list please contact Anne (503) 705-4762

How would it feel to wake up pain free and move through your day with ease? Do you suffer from back or neck pain, joint stiffness, stress, or insomnia? This workshop is for you!

  • Who: You! and your Fluid family
  • What: Intro to Hanna Somatics with Kristin Jackson
  • When: Saturday December 10th, 1-3 pm
  • Where: Fluid World Headquarters 1644 S.E. Clatsop Street, Portland (Sellwood), Oregon 97202
  • Why: Pain relief, increased mobility, reduced stress, better sleep, more JOY!
  • How much: $30 payable to Kristin
  • To sign up: Click this link

Intro To Hanna Somatics With Kristin Jackson



Rid your body of stress and pain by tapping into the power of your brain. Learn how to naturally reduce stress and pain, to let you move with ease and joy. Regain your edge in sports and activities that you thought were waning due to aging. Grow new pathways in your brain to improve memory and neuroplasticity. Discover the benefits of Hanna Clinical Somatics with Kristin Jackson, Hanna Somatic Educator!

Our brain controls our muscles; if we get habitually stuck in faulty patterns, we can end up with a long list of health issues. Hanna Somatics goes to the root of your pain and faulty patterns: your brain! By exploring how we currently move, we can learn how to move with more ease by voluntarily learning to release tight muscles, and have better control of them.


Thomas Hanna developed hundreds of somatic exercises to help people get out of pain and function better. In this 2-hour workshop, Kristin will introduce you to gentle movements that will positively impact your spine, waist, shoulders, hips, knees, feet, and nervous system.

A note about registration… Kristin uses Mindbody so if you are already logged in to this system, say from your favorite yoga studio, you will need to log yourself out and create a new password. If you have any trouble contact Kristin and she can guide you through this process.

Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. Anne has been attending Kristin’s weekly somatics classes for the past few months, and quickly noticed the benefits – increased mobility, reduced back pain and stiffness – and cannot wait to share this work with you! This class is limited to 8 participants. Click this link to reserve your spot today.