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With radical, science-based health directives, Katy is taking the health-and-wellness world by storm with her bold "exercise is not movement" platform. A biomechanist by training and a problem-solver at heart, she has helped thousands reduce chronic pain, increase bone density, and improve metabolic health through movement and proper alignment.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Propriometrics Press (April 15, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989653986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989653985
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have to say, I wasn't expecting to learn much. I thought it would be a repeat of info in her other books and what is online. However, it was so much better than that. Have I seen the exercises before? Sure, I even do most of them on a regular basis. But it was the in-depth info that I found so great. Not just "do this." But *why*. I was the kid that always asked "why" and wanted all the details. Now I know. BTW, I've already transitioned to barefoot shoes, and I still learned lots from this book.
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I have read everything this author has written and didn't expect to learn much new from this book. Honestly, I bought it to give away to a friend. But I'm so glad I read it because it is both a more organized and a more in-depth version of her previous foot book. The book reflects her deepening philosophy of whole body movement. For the first time I feel like I really understand how the state of our feet affects the entire body--right up to the head. Most of the exercises were not new to me but some of them had a slightly new presentation that helped me get more from the material and there were a few new ones that are definitely challenging me.
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This book is surprisingly spectacular. If you're wondering how a book about feet and minimal footwear can be spectacular, well, then you haven't read the other books on the same subject.

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.
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I have a lot of foot problems, I also have back problems. Never in my life did I think the two were connected. After reading this book, Whole Body Barefoot, by Katy Bowman, I now know my feet and the way I walk and carry myself could be what is causing my whole body to shift.

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.
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This book should be required reading for anyone who wants to start wearing minimal (barefoot) shoes. Even if you already wear zero-drop, flexible, lightweight footwear, you'll probably learn something new. The illustrations are fantastic and extremely helpful, there's a great appendix of minimal shoe companies, and of course it's as entertaining as any of Katy Bowman's books. If you aren't already familiar with the (not just foot) exercises that Katy teaches, you get detailed instructions and photos of a bunch of essential stretches and movements to maximize your foot health.
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I have read all of Ms. Bowman's books and this one is the most simple to understand and starts with the basics. I have been a diabetic for 40 years and the feet are one of the most important body parts to be aware of, even if you have no plans to wear minimalist shoes this book is a must read! It will help with your whole body, starting at the feet!
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Great quick read on how your whole body contributes to the success of transitioning out of supportive shoes. Katy is a powerhouse of energy and knowledge and she shares it all within WholeBody Barefoot. I've been using minimalist shoes for urban walks for the past two years. This slow progression, along with the structural understanding that Katy provides in the book have allowed me to jump forward in progress. The exercises she provides are direct, easy and approachable to integrate into several daily breaks from sitting work. I saw progress and stability right away. Order today!
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