The Three Planes of Foot Movement – Sagittal, Frontal and Transverse (FP)

Before you start, I would like to explain something that is absolutely essential for you to understand for the purpose of this course.

Movement happens in 3D and most joints in your body are designed to access these different dimensions in different planes, they are:

  • The Sagittal Plane of movement – when you move backward and forwards – eg when you nod your head back and forwards
  • The frontal plane of movement – when you move up and down/side to side – eg when you hike your hip on one side
  • Transverse movement – when you rotate – eg when you turn your neck to look sideways

The Practices in this course will be separating out different parts of your body, starting from the feet, and you will be shown how to move each part in the three planes of movement.

Some joints like the knee will only move in two planes of movement.

You will also be learning where different joints in your body should be positioned in relation to other joints. For example, your knee should be directly above your heel and below your hip.  Or your ribcage should be directly above your pelvis and not leaning forwards.

You will be shown specific movements and markers to help you connect and align all of your body.

Why is this so important?

The philosophy of Gary Ward, my anatomy in motion teacher, is that ‘Joints Act, Muscles React’.

Therefore, if your joints do not move and align correctly with each other, the muscles in your body will not contract and release properly.  This can then cause stiffness, pain, or lack of mobility, even unnecessary wearing down of the joints!

So, learning your body and the way it is designed to move, is the greatest gift you can give yourself, to keep yourself mobile, flexible, and pain-free!

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