Love Your Feet Workshop Saturday February 22nd

Do you suffer from foot pain? Are your feet in need of some TLC? This workshop is for you! Learn an easy foot care routine that includes mobility and strength exercises, and myofascial release.
  • Who: you (and your friends!)
  • What: 90 minute workshop. Learn self care for your feet.
  • When: Saturday February 22nd, from noon to 1:30.
  • Where: Fluid World Headquarters – 1635 S.E. Malden Street, Suite C, Portland, Oregon, 97202.
  • How much: One person for $35, two people for $60.
  • How do I sign up? Call or email Anne (503) 705-4762 Anne@FluidPortland.com

Please wear pants that can be rolled up, or bring shorts to change into. I will have loads of foot care goodies for you to play with, and will have a selection of toe socks, Correct Toes, self massage tools, and other fun things for sale.

Happy New Year!

How’s your 2020 starting off? Are you rolling into the new year (and new decade) feeling relaxed, rested, and fresh as a spring daisy? Man I sure am. I spent a large portion of December on vacation and used some of that time to sit quietly and think about you (yes, YOU!). I’ve got some exciting things coming your way, including these workshops (below). Please join me for one, or all three!

In addition to our ongoing weekly classes, we have some really cool workshops coming up.

To sign up, call or email me today!

(503) 705-4762

Anne@FluidPortland.com

If you don’t see something on the list that you would like covered, or if you’d like for me to meet with your group privately, shoot me an email to schedule a workshop at your convenience.

Love Your Feet – February 22nd. Do you have bunions, plantar fasciitis, fallen arches, or foot pain? Are your feet in great shape, and you’d like to be papered? This workshop is for you! We start with a warm foot soak, then a gentle scrub, then mobility and strength exercises, and self massage.

Better Balance – April 18th. Are you afraid of falling? The likelihood is that at some point we are all going to fall. How do you minimize the chance of serious injury like a broken bone? Conquer your fear of falling through rolling exercises that remind your body how to crumple to the ground like a child.

Foam Roller – May 16th. Do you suffer from tight, sore muscles? Want an easy to learn program you can do at home in between massage appointments to keep your muscles supple? Learn Anne’s “top ten” foam roller exercises that include release work, stabilization, and strength and balance training.

  • Who: you (and your friends!)
  • What: 90 minute class that includes a handout and/ or video. Be prepared to move your body, not necessarily a sweaty workout, but wear comfy clothes, like sweats or yoga pants. You will have the most success if you are currently able to get up and down from the floor with relative ease (but if you can’t no worries, I will offer modifications).
  • When: Saturdays from noon to 1:30 (specific dates above)
  • Where: From the comfort of your own home! All classes and workshops are now virtual! Call or email Anne if you need a foam roller.
  • How much: One person for $35, two people attending the same workshop for $60 (per workshop).
  • How do I sign up? Call or email Anne (503) 705-4762 Anne@FluidPortland.com

 

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.

Healthy Feet Workshop Saturday June 28th, 2014

Our address has changed. The foot class on June 28th will be held at Fluid’s new location – 1644 S.E. Clatsop Street.

Who do you know who suffers from bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammer toes or other painful foot conditions? Bring em to this month’s Healthy Feet workshop!

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While not everyone is genetically gifted with monkey toes like yours truly, there are a lot of natural, non surgical solutions to foot pain and dysfunction and I am thrilled to share them with you!

Remember what it feels like to be pain free? You can have that feeling again. Join us for a foot soak, short exercise program and soft tissue work and I guarantee you will dance out of here.

 

  • Who: You (and your friends who suffer from foot pain)
  • What: Healthy shoe discussion, foot soak, therapeutic exercises, and soft tissue work
  • When: Saturday June 28th, noon to 1:30 pm
  • Where: Fluid World Headquarters 1644 S.E. Clatsop Street, Portland, 97202
  • Why: To have happy feet!
  • Cost: $20 per person, or $30 for two people

 

If you have been to any of Anne’s past foot classes please do join us again. We will go through different exercises and stretches and you will learn something new! Anne will have goodies for sale including tennis balls, therabands, golf balls, Correct Toes and salt scrub so that you can continue your foot care program at home.

 

foot care offer Dec 2013

This popular class will sell out so contact Anne today to reserve your spot (503) 705-4762.