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Barefoot running & Alexander Technique

Postby Mellis » Tue 29 Jun 2010 07:49

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Oscar wrote:
Mellis wrote:I use honey or silver if I get a cut, a blister or a burn.
What does it do when you use it on a cut?
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I'll give you an example: I like to go barefoot outdoors. And run barefoot. One day I stepped on some sharp object and it peeled of a bit of flesh on the side of my foot sole. I didn't feel anything, I just noticed that I was bleeding. It was like a cut but open. It didn't look much, but it took a month to heal completely, as every time I walked I was opening up the wound. So after a week or so, when I saw the area around the wound looked a bit red and felt warm, I put honey on it at night. Also, I washed it with silver water. After a few days, it was better and the cut shrinked and dried up. It might have been just as good without the honey or silver, I don't know. 8)
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Postby Oscar » Tue 29 Jun 2010 14:48

Ah I see. The red means it's inflamed (body taking care of bacteria), btw.

Barefoot running! I'm a bit tentative about going real barefoot...I'd rather use a barefoot shoe (oxymoron! ;)). Still waiting for the one I want to get back in stock though.
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Postby Mellis » Tue 29 Jun 2010 20:03

What shoe, Oscar? Show me a pic or link
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Postby Oscar » Wed 30 Jun 2010 00:54

Mellis wrote:What shoe, Oscar? Show me a pic or link
:P
It's back in stock! So I just ordered this one: http://www.terraplana.com/evo-p-1263.html?colour=57 :D
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Postby Mellis » Wed 30 Jun 2010 03:29

Aha! Well, next year, I'll try these: http://birthdayshoes.com/a-five-toed-mi ... aking-news :lol:
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Postby Oscar » Wed 30 Jun 2010 10:49

Wow :shock:
I'm just a beginner at barefoot running, so I'm starting 'slow'. I didn't fancy the VFF (yet), because I'm not so fond of having something between my toes. Probably the ideal shoe would be the one made with an individual mold (thinking of that silicon one).
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Postby Mellis » Wed 30 Jun 2010 11:06

Starting slow is the way to go. I'm making my own sandals, something like this: http://www.barefootted.com/index.php?q=/
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Postby panacea » Wed 30 Jun 2010 11:44

it's a shame there's no shoe 'cases' to go over the vibram five fingers, of course without a underside on the case. that way you could use them and not look like a social monkey. :/
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Postby Oscar » Wed 30 Jun 2010 16:05

I think that's what shoes like Vivo barefoot cover, wearing barefoot shoes that still look like shoes.

Are you using a specific running style or is it 'just' not heel striking?
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Postby Mellis » Wed 30 Jun 2010 21:01

You asked me? 8) I am doing the barefoot and thus no heel strike, even walking softer, lighter, no sound onto the ground. Then running, staying light, soft, soundless, and smaller steps, quicker. It's lovely. The feet are recovering, they love it. I have a sense of forward now that comes from the foot, and that is new for me. It's the direction of the bones in the front of the foot, sort of the "finger-like" ones, I use them more springy now, no more klomping or how do you say that, stomping down into the ground. It works 8)
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Postby Oscar » Wed 30 Jun 2010 23:48

I see. So far I've been running according to the Art of Running/Pose Method. I learned it from Malcolm Balk, a Canadian AT teacher/runner. It should be more or less the same, although I still get the impression that (some) barefoot runners land in front of their center of gravity. Well, I guess I'll have to try things out when my shoes arrive.
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Postby Mellis » Thu 01 Jul 2010 08:13

Oh, that sounds great Oscar. I would love to learn from a pose-teacher, too. I am also an AT teacher so perhaps that helps me stay in touch with the feet and balance et c. One word of caution: new shoes arriveing and all: listen to what your feet tell you, when to stop et c. If you run totally barefoot, it's easier to hear/ feel when your footsoles/skin has had enough. Actually, I notice I run even more carefully without shoes. But with shoes, its such fun and can be hard to stop in time. Just from my experience. The second you get a tiny feeling of hm, perhaps I should get back home now, see if you can stop running and walk home. You'll be happy the day afterwards.
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Postby Oscar » Thu 01 Jul 2010 11:06

Thanks!

I don't think Malcolm gives workshops in Sweden, unless invited (by an AT school?).
There seems to be a Pose trainer in Stockholm though.
In any case, if you're interested here are the websites (if you hadn't found them yet):
http://www.theartofrunning.com/
http://www.posetech.com/
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Postby Mellis » Thu 01 Jul 2010 11:50

*checking it out* :P thanks Oscar!
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Postby Mellis » Thu 01 Jul 2010 12:09

Oooooooooooooh! I love that before and after video. It reminds me of rider and horse. Something like this perhaps:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEaMI5Pk ... r_embedded

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