Therapy for Movement Practices like Yoga, Pilates and Dance
Are you practicing Pilates, Yoga or Dance? Although each of these disciplines is different from the other, they share some common threads. Range of motion, clear movement, flexibility and openness.
When the body is functioning at its best, movement expands from the core and flows out through the limbs. Structural imbalances cause restrictions in the fascial layers of the body that will impede this quality of movement, making access to the core more challenging. Eventually, as the the muscles in the core weaken from lack of use, the body becomes unstable and tightness follows.
Some causes of these restrictions may stem from stress held in the body. Emotionally, stress can be telegraphed through the body as low energy, poor posture, and guarding. Physically, repetitive movement patterns, traumatic injuries and illnesses also contribute to strain and tightening in the fascia.
At South Jersey Sports Acupuncture, the goal is to release the restrictions and restore the muscular imbalances that are holding the body from reaching its full potential as movement quality and stabilty are improved.
The body will give some clues to the presence of fascial restrictions and muscular imbalance. One is when proper posture feels forced and unnatural. If a person requires effort to hold their shoulders down and back, that is not natural. The shoulders should fall to a natural and balanced position over the rib cage. This is called poise. The same example can be used for exagerrated angles of pelvic tilt, spinal extension, and head and neck posture. Another clue is not being able to attain the depths of posture in Pilates and Yoga. If positions seemed forced or unattainable there is most likely fascial restrictions involved. Stretching the muscles is not always the answer and in some cases, it is a futile effort.
If any of this sounds or feels familiar, schedule a visit for these issues and more. Call with questions.
* Lack of Flexibility/Range of Motion
* Inefficient Movement Patterns/Lack of Core Strength
* Muscle and Joint Pain
* Traumatic Injuries/Illness
* Low or unsettled energy.