Your muscles, joints and tendons contain sensors, called mechanoreceptors, that send continuous information to your brain about each bone, muscle, and tendon in your body. Your brain can then balance your body relative to your environment, even as your environment changes. This is a complex information/coordination system called proprioception, and when it's functioning optimally it allows us to pick, exactly and unfaltering, where we would like our body parts to be at any given moment.
When our muscles, tendons and/or joints get stiff, weak, or otherwise don't function optimally, the information from the mechanoreceptors to and from the brain get dulled, resulting in poor balance and proprioception. This can be stressful on the body and can lead to neurological deficits over time.
In this class, you will be using a variety of tools to assess and improve your balance and proprioception. This will help you become more confident and agile in all your activities. Get ready to have fun!
When you're walking, you're in perpetual motion. But, what if you stopped mid-step... Would you be able to balance in that position? Or would you immediately wobble and have to put your foot down? Over time, imbalances in your body interrupt your ability to control the movements related to walking, and instead your body starts to leverage the forward momentum which turns each step into a somewhat controlled fall. If you have difficulty stopping mid-step, that is an indication your body is relying on gravity to walk, and not your muscles. This leads to an increased risk of twisting your ankle and/or tumbling with any misstep.
In this class I will introduce the foundations of gait and we will practice some alignment principles that should carry over to when you're walking. We will also practice some corrective exercises to mobilize your feet and strengthen your hips to improve your balance and make walking more efficient and easier on your joints.