For the past year, I haven’t been able to do a correct pain-free relevé on my left foot. The wear and tear from ballet was made worse by doing the same steps over and over again on Broadway in An American in Paris. After working with the MINIS™ I am finding the proper balance and flexibility within my foot so that I am now able to do a proper relevé. I am so grateful for this small, lightweight invention, now in my dance bag and with me everywhere I go.
Leonardo da Vinci described the human foot as a “masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” Of the 206 bones in our bodies, twenty-five percent are in our feet, which we rely on for movement, support and balance. The MINIS™ enable us to experience the tiny micro-movements that center and align us. This awareness stabilizes our joints so we develop stronger and healthier bodies.
I have recently been introduced to the MINIS™. I believe that this device offers a great and non-complicated way to restore and increase proprioception. I can’t wait to work with it more often to uncover the other benefits it will have for my patients.
I’ve discovered the MINIS™ and so should all dancers! After hours of teaching and late night tango, it’s pleasurable to stretch with MINIS™ and realign the feet–our essential tool as dancers–and quite satisfying to feel the ankles strengthening. I’d always planned on dancing tango for life… and now I know that I shall.