Body Posture Analysis & Group Orientation/Initial Assessment
A client’s posture provides much information regarding the natural state of their tissues. Through body assessment it is possible to determine which areas of their body are under more strain than others, and which muscle groups are causing this strain. Any diseases will be taken into account which will not only affect the way in which the training programs are structured, but will also affect decision-making in terms of the type of training suggested by us, for example: whether group or private training would be the better option.
Before joining a group class it is vitally important to ensure that you are properly prepared for the class in order to prevent injury and to exercise optimally. These Body Assessments are also done to ensure that you are fit enough to join a group class immediately. If not, the Instructor may suggest a few private classes before joining a group class.
BALANCE which is one of the principles of Pilates – can mean many different things, for instance: Balance in terms of strength vs flexibility; Being able to balance on 1 leg or on an unstable platform; Body symmetry; or a well-designed training program. Musculo-skeletal balance and muscle efficiency are important factors for longevity and long-term health. At every joint, the agonist-antagonist relationship of the muscles which support the joint need to be balanced. Joints need to be in a neutral position, since this is the safest position and our muscles can function at their maximum efficiency. A muscle is also able to generate it’s maximum force when the muscle is between 80 – 120% of it’s natural (neutral) resting length (Marieb, 2004).
A body postural assessment is an important consideration, especially if you have a history of injuries & pathologies – or purely for prevention of injury and balanced muscle development. Specific programs are then developed for your needs and goals on an ongoing basis.