Join us at Pilates on 66 On February 13th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for 2 High Heel Rescue workouts led by Illaria Cavagna. Register the event via email at

Many women wear high heels because they either love them or they have to wear them because of work. Too many feel discomfort at their feet, knees or lower back while wearing them or later.

This is why I decided to develop a workout program specific for women who wear high heels.

Everything I did before in my life influenced this project. From the intensive work on my feet when I was a gymnast and a dancer, to the importance of foot placement in Pilates. Then recently the work I’ve done studying with Dr. Guy Voyer.

Unfortunately, not everybody knows and thinks that the feet are important. They are important for many different reasons but I just want to mention a few:

They are the mirror of our health. If anything goes wrong in the body it will reflect on our feet and issues in the feet will show in the body above.

"The feet together with the jaw, internal ears and eyes are the receptors that communicate with our brain."

They are responsible for setting up proper posture. If the placement of our feet is incorrect, bad information is sent to the brain and that translates to poor posture.

The feet are also the base or our gravity line, the way we stand. Our posture today is already compromised because of modern life: Too often we lean over technology resulting in the head forward position that we all know very well.

When we wear high heels and put a lift under our heels we have two options: We can fall forward or ask our body to work overtime and compensate. Fortunately, our bodies are smart and adaptable but…

…We need to give our feet and bodies the correct tools so that they can adapt the best way possible!
We need to TRAIN!

Instead of blaming high heels, we need to take action and think of ourselves as ATHLETES IN HIGH HEELS. Just as pro athletes do a compensatory workout in the off- season to fix their bodies, women need to do the same.

"With a little care we can improve our foot health, have less discomfort and be able to wear heels with more fun!"

Exercise is my expertise and I know it can help a lot: for example when we go to the doctor for back pain, he or she often suggests an exercise program to strengthen the core.

If exercise is good and what doctors prescribe for other issues in our bodies why shouldn’t we be following the same advice for our feet! Let them move!

Recently, I was finally able to share my program and vision to a room full of supporters. Friends, colleagues and clients came out to experience the High Heel Rescue workout and for the first time ever they used a tool I designed called the Rescue Loop. Their feedback went beyond my expectations. They challenged their feet and they felt the work. I was so excited to see their reactions.

This event was a wonderful confirmation of the years of work I have been putting into this project. I know, however, this is just the beginning and I can’t wait to share our new initiatives for 2017 with you at Pilates on 66!

Stay tuned!!!


About the Author:
Ilaria Cavagna is the founder of High Heel Rescue and her mission is to help women who love high heels have it both ways: perfect foot health and style. A High heel lover herself, Ilaria was moved by many of her female clients complaints to find a solution to the hell of high heels. Personal trainer Ilaria Cavagna is the first choice of the finest names in entertainment and fashion, all of whom understand that fitness is an essential part of beauty and grace. With her appreciation for both the art of movement and the science of the body, Ilaria transitioned seamlessly into a practitioner of several training disciplines whose common denominator is a whole-body approach, along with compensatory and rebalancing exercises. This blend brings lasting results to corporate business people, pro or weekend athletes and anyone recovering from injury.
She believes that high heels are so much more than a few inches under the foot. They tell our history, they change the way women move and act and provide a burst of confidence. After a life in the gym and training, Ilaria believes that the rescue that our feet are looking for is a specific and targeted workout for women who wear high heels.