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Whole Body Barefoot: Transitioning Well to Minimal Footwear Paperback – April 15, 2015
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In addition to hosting her podcast KatySays and writing for her award-winning blog KatySays.com, she is a regular source for national health publications like Prevention and Men's Health, and is a sought after guest on radio, television pod-casted talk shows and news segments. Creator of the Aligned and WellTM DVD series, Katy's groundbreaking work in pelvic floor restoration has made her particularly popular with midwives, OBGYNs, and others concerned with pelvic mobility, strength, and health
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Top Customer Reviews
I came to minimal footwear reluctantly and by accident, but my foot and back problems -- which I did not see as connected -- were wreaking havoc in my life. As soon as I moved to a big city in my early 30's and started walking full time on pavement, that was the end of a pain-free body as I knew it. My feet fell apart almost immediately. But it took years for me to figure out my shoes had anything to do with it.
Like most (?) people who embrace barefoot/barefoot-like footwear, I learned about it from the trusty internet. The problem is, the internet -- shock of shocks! -- is full of some very bad information. I read that basically just strapping on a pair of minimalist shoes and/or going barefoot was going to solve all of my problems, immediately. In truth, some of my problems resolved right away (no lower back pain, gone, just like that!); but my feet became a painful mess -- pain that would come and go, in places I'd never even had pain before.
I knew I was onto something with the minimal shoes because of the positive improvements, yet I knew something wasn't right because I kept experiencing injury. I think I've read every book on barefoot-ing out there -- even though much of it applies to running, which I don't do. Most of the books are terrible and full of pseudo-science and new age dogma, which I found to be a giant turn-off. Even more disappointing, most of the information stops with the foot itself -- not making the connection that the body, bio-mechanically, is whole, from head to foot.
Enter Katy Bowman.Read more ›
At night, my legs and feet sometimes have this really funny feeling in them. They can be so uncomfortable that I have a hard time getting to sleep.
I started doing the exercises in the book. There are a couple of them that seem to really help with that numb, uncomfortable feeling I get at night.
I don't think it is Restless Leg Syndrome... but maybe, who knows because my legs do get to feeling restless. Who knew that what I was experiencing at night was a lack of exercise in my feet. I sure had no idea.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have a ruptured tendon in my ankle and I have avoided surgery (recommended to decrease pain, ligament is not repairable) with the help of a great physical therapist who utilized... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary M. Sanford
This book is fantastic - simple, clear, concise. I love how in the end she provides a list of the exercises so that you don't have to go back through the book to find them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sheena Miraftabi
I had arch challenges for about 3 years starting during pregnancy and continuing afterward. The challenges made it so that I could not go barefoot. A friend recommended this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Katherine Nolan
Great book - very easy to understand the principles. The descriptions and photos of the exercise are terrific and helpful, even if you don't subscribe to the barefoot mentality... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eve W.
The author makes a technical subject accessible to the average reader. Previously I didn't think about my feet being part of the picture when it comes to posture problems.Published 6 months ago by Diane Cowie