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Chair work to find alignment and fluorescense

This exercise is called the foot/ankle.
The two endpoints or anchors are the knee and the ball of the foot.
Inhale point, exhale flex.

Too far to the outside, too far to the inside.
Placing a mirror at an angle so the client can see
the alignment of their ankle is EXTREMELY effective.

This exercise is called pumping.
It is harder because it has moved further away from center,
with the two endpoints/anchors being the hips and the balls of feet.
Inhale down, away from center, exhale up, towards center.
Notice the great line through the ankles.

Here is the up and down in a turn out.
Notice the restricted range of the pedal to make it more doable.
Doing the turn out version first let's you find the adduction of foot to foot,
triggering more uniform usage, making it easier to life, and requiring less lean towards the up leg.
Inhale up, exhale down.

Here is the up and down in parallel.
Just like in the turn out, the foot is placed not just on top of the pedal,
but in a position where the foot can press through the pedal, to trigger more uniform usage.

From the high chair, where the hands establish contact points,
to the low chair, without contact points, making it harder.
Notice how the full range of the pedal causes an acute angle of the knee.
This would be better with the elevated pedal, so the left femur could be parallel wit the floor.

From turn out to parallel. This might appear to be the wrong order,
as far as moving away from center, but finding the sensation of triggering more uniform usage
from the adduction in turn out, lays the foundation for finding the same sensation in parallel,
where the legs closing like scissors, decreases the lean forward and facilitates the vertical lift up.

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