It seems that all my hunting for those shoes by Terry de Havilland may not be in vain. Sure, it may take me awhile to find them (and even then I may not be able to afford them), but high-heels may be good for me according to an article sent to me by Ms Angela.
The Times reports that Stilettos take women’s sex life to higher level:
She discovered that women who held their feet at a 15-degree angle to the ground, the equivalent of a 7cm [2Çin] heel, showed up to 15% less electrical activity in their pelvic muscles. The results suggest the muscles are more relaxed when women wear higher heels, increasing their strength and ability to contract.
“Women often find it difficult to complete their exercises. This may prove a solution,” Cerruto said.
“Like many women, I like high-heeled shoes, and although they are sometimes uncomfortable I continue to wear them in an effort to appear more slender and taller. It’s good to know they have potential health benefits.”
An official guide to better sex, provided by NHS Direct, advises women to become more aware of their “pleasure muscles” – pelvic floor muscles – and advises them how to exercise them to aid sexual arousal. The NHS recommends that women, particularly before and after pregnancy, should do pelvic floor exercises up to five times a day.
But the study prompted a mixed response from fitness instructors. Zoe McNulty runs a class for women with high heels in London called “Sweat and Stilettos”. The session is designed to improve their comfort and strength while wearing heels on the dance floor.
McNulty believes heels can improve muscle tone in women’s legs, thighs and buttocks. “As soon as you put yourself on your toes you are throwing your sense of gravity out of line. And you’ve got to compensate elsewhere, which means you work muscles that you wouldn’t normally use. You do get more toned,” she said. “Just walking around in heels can make people fitter, but the danger is whether they can hold their postures properly. That’s where my class comes in.”
Matt Roberts, a personal trainer whose clients have included Madonna, Naomi Camp-bell, Natalie Imbruglia, Mel C and John Galliano, was more cautious.
“A woman wearing high heels will hold the muscles tight to compensate,” Roberts said. “When you are standing on tiptoes you have to clench the buttocks, the inner thighs and the pelvic floor muscles. It would potentially give them a short-term tension and toning. But the negative effects can outweigh the positive.
“The knees and metatarsals are put under strain, the hips are out of position. It can lead to long-term health risks.”
So I guess, like anything else, moderation is the key; you need to take them off now and then.
…Anyone want to slip the shoes off my stocking covered feet?
You’ll need to massage my feet, of course; but then we can check out those pelvic muscles. *wink*