Foot and leg cramps are fairly common when doing Pilates, they can be quite annoying when you’re trying to keep up with the movements can't they!
The truth is, there isn’t much conclusive research as to why the feet cramp.!
So what is Cramp?
A cramp (www.nhs.uk) happens when a muscles suddenly shortens and becomes tight and spasms, although the reasons are not clear. Most cramps don’t last long and can be relieved by massage & stretching it out.
So what can we do?..
The spine is made up of 33 bones. 24 vertebrae, the sacrum (which is 5 vertebrae fused together), and the tailbone/coccyx (4 vertebrae fused together).
The spine acts as a protective tube for the spinal cord which is the information pathway that sends information from the brain to the rest of the body.
The spine also allows our bodies to move. Thank goodness! A healthy, functioning spine is able to move in a variety of different directions.
We can flex, extend, and rotate to accomplish daily tasks and activities.
Today we’re focusing on one type of movement......
Spinal extension (back bending)....