Posture, Balance and Flexibility
239 TUTOR: Jo Williams (RSA YMCA)
Posture, balance and flexibility is something
we can all improve upon. Particularly as the years go by and in the light of
possible injuries, overuse and, of course, sedentary lifestyle. All these
factors can affect our body mechanics and limit our potential mobility, range
of motion and support for body structure. The good news is that we can improve
our posture through the execution of appropriate movement and readjustment of alignment.
Balance can also be improved through fairly simple movements incorporating the
use of core control. Flexibility is again open to improvement by practicing
safe and effective stretching techniques.
We start the course
by discussing individual body mechanics/physical history and general feelings
concerning one's range of motion, general mobility and balance. Lifestyle
history is of course a major factor which affects the above so this will also
be discussed. Core control can be a vital component to improvement of
functional ability so this too will also be addressed.
As the week progresses, depending on the needs
of the group assembled, we delve deeper into the release of tension to improve
mobility and posture. This should give us a more effective foundation to
experience balance exercises. Toward the middle of the week we shall be
executing the above in a class situation to ensure correct alignment and
successful improvement through repetition of appropriate moves.
At the end of the week we aim to have a
considerable bank of exercise, movement and alignment together with appropriate
stretching to enhance flexibility. All this together with plenty of opportunity
to discuss individual needs, should help toward a better balanced, potentially
more mobile and flexible body.
Mats can be provided but you may wish to bring
your own. Wear loose, comfortable clothing such as workout leggings and
t-shirts. Any equipment such as Dynabands shall be provided by the instructor.
There will also be written handouts to accompany the course. Please also note,
every participant will be required to fill in a health questionnaire before the
My name is Jo Williams and I am a Level Three
Pilates practitioner who also has a 30-year experience in Pilates and many
other aspects of health and fitness. I have been teaching at Marlborough
College Summer School for ten years and thoroughly enjoy the experience of
meeting people from many walks of life and to hopefully bring some improvement
to their health and fitness in an enjoyable and encouraging way.