When I think about how children play, the word bounce comes to mind – skipping and jumping or even sitting supposedly still – they are bouncing. In contrast, as we get older, we have poverty of motion and struggle to move with ease and grace.
The good news is that we can train the bounce – it’s called fascial fitness. That three-dimensional web of sensing, tensing connective tissue, fascia has springy elastic recoil that puts the pep in your step.
Both movement and manual therapies can be used to keep fascia healthy and a combination of the two is ideal. Pilates, along with most mindful movement modalities, is ideally suited to fascial training.
The repertoire is designed to accomplish four goals: 1.Tissue Hydration 2.Restore Glide 3.Develop “crimp” and 4. Train Elastic Recoil.
Tissue Hydration. No – drinking lots of water won’t help. Water in fascia is referred to as “bound” water not free to flow. The tissue has to be stretched or compressed to push the fluids (containing waste) out of stressed fascia allowing healthy fluid (from plasma) to flow in.
Restore Glide. The fascial web provides a sliding gliding surface for tissues to move one over the other. But things can get gummed up. Inflammation causes the accumulation of waste products that makes fascia sticky limiting range of motion and causing pain and stiffness. Generally due to overuse from poor posture or repetitive activities, Pilates restores posture and balance helping to heal inflammation.
Develop Crimp. Fascia that primarily serves a “tensing” function (force transmission) is structured in undulating waves called crimp. Aging, inflammation and immobilization cause the crimp to flatten and loose elastic recoil. Fascial training can develop crimp making the body more resilient to injury.
Train Elastic Recoil. All of the goals listed above are designed to increase elastic recoil through improving the health of the fascia. Once fascia is healthy, the elastic recoil can be trained but caution should be used in areas of stress. Pilates jump board is an ideal way to train elastic recoil.
Keep your fascia healthy and bounce your way to graceful aging.
My experience with SDK Pilates has been outstanding. All of the instructors have been knowledgeable and welcoming. All levels of fitness and capabilities are embraced, addressed and challenged. Individual needs are seamlessly met with in the class. Every class is different and I always walk out feeling better than when I walked in. I take Pilates twice a week and wish I could take it every day!
SDK Pilates is great! So far I’ve taken Pilates classes with Steph and Nancy, and I’m looking forward to Yoga with Mark. Currently working on core strengthening, shoulder mechanics, overall conditioning, and my golf game.
“Sandi and Elaine have the ability to deliver a class that meets the needs of all attendees in the class, even when there is different levels of experience. They have a great manner of presenting poses and ensure good form for a safe and enjoyable Yoga class.”
Pilates has been a wonderful experience both physically and mentally – it relieves stress and gets your body in a “can do” spirit to stretch and feel good. The instructors are the best and the people I’ve met in class are fun to be with. Friendships develop. I will do this forever!
I love the classes and instructors at SDK Pilates! Stephanie, the owner, has been a tremendous help to me with understanding challenges I face with a bad hip. Her expertise and medical background have helped me select exercises that are appropriate for me and I have learned there are still plenty of things that I can do to strengthen my body! At other places, I sometimes overdid my workouts (and hurt myself) – SDK’s instructors have helped me increase my flexibility and strengthen my body in a s…
“Sandi and Elaine have the ability to deliver a class that meets the needs of all attendees in the class, even when there is different levels of experience.They have a great manner of presenting poses and ensure good form for a safe and enjoyable Yoga class.”
SDK Pilates is wonderful! I have been taking classes from Stephanie for a number of years and thoroughly enjoy both her Pilates and therapeutic yoga sessions. Her training as a doctor enables her to work around physical limitations and injuries and strengthen weaknesses. She has helped me immensely with chronic shoulder issues. The fun nature of the classes, the camaraderie of the attendees and the great workout make SDK classes my favorite way to exercise!
Stephanie’s class is well-paced, challenging yet welcoming for first timers and those who are more experienced. She offers seamless coaching throughout and her enthusiasm and energy is inspirational.
I have taken yoga and Pilates classes from Stephanie for many years, and I can say that she is terrific. Her background in physical medicine and rehab makes her uniquely qualified to instruct and coach with a focus in balanced strengthening, proper alignment, and prevention of injury. I enjoy the low key environment at the studio, and have made many friends in her classes.
“SDK Pilates’ yoga instructors are beyond wonderful and very reliable. Our community and hospital staff truly enjoy the classes and we are extremely thankful for their partnership with us.”