My client won’t take off their shoes during my class, what should I do?
There can be many reasons why a client won’t remove his/her shoes - foot pain, bunions, flat feet, etc. As instructors Essentrics we know the benefits of being barefoot from relieving plantar fasciitis to improving balance not to mention that our feet are our foundation. We want to respect their choice and allow them to gradually understand the importance of being barefoot. As Svetlana Lysenko said, “I had a student who made it clear right from the beginning that she would be keeping her shoes on. I explained the benefits of working out barefoot but respected her decision. In a couple of months her shoes came off, I am not sure why. But I always talk about feet, working the bones, and muscles, the benefits for the whole body, etc."