Jul 28, 2021
Are You Following Bad Barefoot Running Advice?
– The MOVEMENT Movement with Steven Sashen Episode 099 with Jae Gruenke
Jae Gruenke is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, running technique expert, and founder ofThe Balanced Runner™. Known as a “running form guru,” she has helped runners from beginner to Olympian relieve pain and improve their performance, and she specializes in helping runners whose problems have persisted despite medical treatment.
Her interest in running technique was sparked when, as a professional dancer, she was asked to perform choreography that included sustained running in large, outdoor environments. Frustrated by how difficult and uncomfortable running felt, she began to study running technique and use the Feldenkrais Professional Training Program she was enrolled in as a laboratory to discover how to coordinate her movements so that running felt comfortable, easy, and enjoyable.
Eventually, realizing she’d come to prefer running to dancing, and also that the changes in movement that had made the difference to her running were not being taught, discussed, or researched elsewhere, she retired from dancing and launched The Balanced Runner.
Jae has been a member of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America since 1999 and the United Kingdom since 2011, and was an ACE-certified personal trainer from 1999-2012. As a Assistant Clinical Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at SUNY Downstate Medical center in New York City she helped develop an (unpublished) pilot study on the effects of the Feldenkrais Method on running economy.
Listen to this episode of The MOVEMENT Movement with Jae Gruenke about avoiding the wrong barefoot running advice.
Here are some of the beneficial topics covered on this week’s show:
- What the Feldenkrais Method is and how it can help runners.
- How good organization in the body depends on what people are doing.
- Why running cues and movement cues are problematic and don’t work.
- How most people misinterpret “stable your core” and go too far with it.
- Why your arms shouldn’t be swinging back and forth while you
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