Poolates takes the principles of Pilates, control, awareness, concentration, precision, centering, fluidity and beauty of movement into the water. Poolates can be modified to suit any exercise population from the 85-year-old balanced challenged senior to a 500-hour yogini, making all of your class participants immediately successful. Poolates uses the resistance and buoyancy of water to make the core work harder while decreasing stress on the muscles and joints and provides a safe environment to challenge and improve dynamic balance.
Sooooo, dynamic balance, I hear you ask, what is that? Although this gets a little involved, these definitions are really important and are a major component of Poolates work.
These definitions are from the Gray Institute:
static balanceThe three-dimensional integration of information from all of our body systems during a functional task and using that information to displace our center of gravity. To see how this works, stand up and find your center, once you feel well balanced, close your eyes and feel the difference that it makes! We are going to further refine this into static and the aforementioned dynamic balance.
A state in which a body or object remains reasonably steady while resting on a base that is narrower or smaller relative to its other dimensions. A good example of this would be standing on one leg…….which we do so often in real life right?! Not!
Successfully displacing one’s center of gravity for the purpose of returning back to where one started or to transfer to another direction…..in other words walking! Which we do all the time! Yet when you go to the Doctors office, and they want to check balance, how do they do it? They have you stand on one leg……essentially testing non-functional movement.
dynamic balanceWhy Is Balance Important?
You might ask, why is this important? Balance is one of the top two functions that decline with age and loss of balance is the number one cause of falls in the population that is 55 and up leading to broken bones, hospitalizations and nursing home admissions. Poolates trains both static and dynamic balance with an emphasis on dynamic balance and the three-dimensional integration of the core body muscles using the resistance and buoyancy of water as our Poolates equipment. Wow! That’s a mouthful! So with all of that……Poolates is fun! It is safe; it is the perfect adjunct to your aqua cardio programs, targeting a different market and maximizing the use of your pool. For more information, go to www.poolates.com or shoot an email to Lisa Gibson firstname.lastname@example.org. Till next time!