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The individuality of each client can be carefully considered in private sessions. All the movement therapies offered at Bedford Movement & Massage are integrative, holistic, methods of intelligent exercise. Each challenges and stimulates the client to negotiate opposition, to reconnect with areas that are disconnected and to work from the inside out. Simultaneously Sarah is actively and passively working from the outside in. Encouraging release through breathing and hands on mobilizations. Thirdly the apparatus reverses gravitational pull while moving or stretching thus supporting the release of repetitive stress in the deepest layers. The beauty of the private session is in discovering which of these methods the clients mind and body are most receptive to. It is a wonderful journey sometimes challenging, often playful, frequently blissful!
‘Work smarter not harder’ is a phrase that summarizes the Pilates ideology. Individual Pilates apparatus sessions differ from mat classes found in most gyms. Joseph Pilates originally designed the exercises to be performed on anti gravitational apparatus to rehabilitate neck and back pain. Over time Pilates has evolved and proven to do much more and when integrated with other therapies (such as stretching and deep tissue massage) can benefit a multitude of health problems (see conditions section) from arthritis and cancer to Multiple Sclerosis. Dissecting the exercises on the equipment, with minimal gravitational pull enables the therapist to specifically treat the cause of the problem to release the symptoms. Restoring postural imbalances, muscle connectivity, repatterning areas of chronic overuse and managing stress are all by products of regular practice. As is return to function, favorite sports and protection from re-injury. Pilates equipment by Balanced Body
ACTIVE ISOLATED STRETCHING
Popularized by world class professional sports PTs Aaron Mattes, Jim Wharton & Phil Wharton, Active Isolated Stretching effectively stretches and lengthens muscle. It improves alignment, mobility and circulation while increasing the elasticity of muscle joints and treating a host of conditions from scoliosis and carpal tunnel to herniated discs and plantar fasciitis. AIS allows the practitioner to isolate areas within the body, then use leverage movements to contract and strengthen targeted muscles, while simultaneously stretching the opposing muscles. The benefits include increased blood flow, muscle strength, joint flexibility and balance. Clients can expect to be placed in multiple positions often with legs, arms and heads hanging off the treatment table. When this technique is combined with Deep Tissue, Trigger Point or Sports Massage it is extremely effective for many soft tissue injuries.
GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®
Mind and Body integration continues with the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, another system of anti gravitational exercise with its own apparatus created by Juliu Horvath. GYROTONIC® guides users to simultaneously stretch and strengthen soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia) while also articulating and mobilizing the joints. The fluidity of the movements are further enhanced by breath patterns and flowing inversion sequences. Improved endurance, posture, functional strength and agility can be felt after 1 session. Sometimes referred to as ‘Yoga for Dancers’ GYROTONIC® has proven its worth as another invaluable rehabilitative therapy for Sports specific training. The complexity of the 3 dimensional progressions stimulate the right/left brain processes while the rhythmic pumping of the movement sequences massage the visceral organs. Clients often exclaim that GYROTONIC® sessions are mind-;blowing in their depth and intensity.