Most people don’t know this but the mobility classes are unique and can’t be found anywhere else because they are created by you for Breathe! What motivated you to create the mobility class and could you share with us how you did it?
All of the movement and training techniques have been selected based on a meticulous and rigorous investigation of evidence in the latest research in anatomy and kinesiology, (e.g. fascia and nervous system) coupled with my own personal experience with classical ballet, pilates, yoga and gymnastics training.
I am currently 51 years old and have spent the last few decades of my life researching and learning from experts all around the world to find the methods that work best. I have put together my mobility classes using a mix of different methods amplified with my own research and experience. Mobility is a constantly evolving method, and I am always searching for new approaches to make doing an exercise possible for anyone.
I like to think I’m living proof that my method works! I am more than half a century old and can still do what most people can’t! Years of experience have taught me when to stop before injuries happen, when to push and when to back off.
What is mobility? How does it differ from flexibility?
Flexibility is the ability of a muscle to lengthen. Mobility on the other hand is the ability of a joint to move actively through a range of motion. Having control throughout our joints’ full range of motion helps enhance our body’s ability to function effectively, efficiently and with diminished risk of injury and pain. Flexibility is more passive, whereas mobility is an active state. You can be very flexible without having much control and thus lack mobility.
My classes are designed to develop maximum body control, flexibility and strength throughout the joints’ full range of motion, improving overall joint health and longevity.
Mobility to me is the ability to move freely without pain and for each person, their definition and goal for optimal mobility is unique.
For example, for a 60 year old lady who is not so active, her mobility goal is to remain pain free and able to carry on with her normal daily activities. Her “happy” range of motion will not be as extensive as someone who wishes to compete in gymnastics or run a marathon.