How does it benefit you?Improving your daily life is a broad and versatile goal. It encompasses improvements in strength, flexibility, coordination, endurance, range of motion or three dimensional awareness. The emphasis of the training will depend on you and your daily activities. For you to better understand what we mean by improving your daily life, here are a few examples of what functional training might mean to you depending on what you do.
For you, functional training might mean freeing your hip joint to obtain an increased range of motion or stabilizing your shoulder blades to nail down that 3 pirouettes.
For you, functional training might mean specifically working on the essential muscle chains in your discipline to achieve better performances. Instead of training parts of the body in isolation, you will train your whole body in a coordinated manner and discover for instance how your legs need to work to stabilize your shoulders.
For you, functional training might mean learning how to regain a true upright position and gain a better body awareness. It would improve your presence on the stage.
For you, functional training might mean training focus on building body awareness, a good posture and endurance. By learning how to use the muscles of the ribcage and abdomen area, you will learn how to improve your breath support. You will experience different qualities as strength, balance, flexibility, stamina, control and guiding your voice towards releasing stress in the larynx and throat.
You are not specifically relying on your physical strength in your daily life. You might be an office worker for instance. For you, functional training might mean to get rid of the stiffness in the neck or shoulder area after your day at this office.
You have retired quite a few years ago and you notice that daily activities like picking up something from the floor have become more difficult. You are concerned about maintaining your autonomy. For you, functional training might mean working on your spine flexibility and coordination to achieve a better balance.
How do we do it?
Functional training is a form a re-training in the sense that it is about changing your habits. It is about changing the way you move. By definition, it is based on movements. The reason is simple yet very important. We can only re-train your body by increasing mobility, flexibility, coordination and strength and if the targeted areas move. We need to make you move before we can train you.
- The first reason is that you would not feel anything without an actual movement.
- The second reason is that we can only evaluate the progress of our work by seeing you moving.
We expect certain standards and quality in your movements and that is the only sign of a successful re-training.
- The third reason is that progress is only achieved through and during repetitive movements.
Come work with us and you will discover parts of your body that you did not know could move this way. At the beginning, the movements will be small but perceptible. With time and numerous repetitions, their amplitudes will increase. Once we are certain that you have achieved the necessary mobility, flexibility we will work on coordination, strength and intensity. That is the only safe way to train your body without damaging it. Let’s take an example here. It describes the way we will interact with you. Each client is unique and treated individually. However, the method that we follow can be outlined through the following example.
Example of the principles we follow.
1. Coming to MRC
A new client comes to the Movement Re-Training Center. He is an office worker, with no prior injuries. He runs a couple of miles twice a week, occasionally goes to a fitness center and feels generally very healthy. At the end of his day of work however or after a long time spent standing in a museum, he will feel some discomfort or stiffness in his lower back.
The first stage of our work will be to observe you move in our studio. We will watch you walk, stand, sit and simply be yourself. During this observation, we notice that the lower part of your spine is much more mobile than your upper spine. In fact, your thoracic spine is barely moving.
3. Physical experience
We now have to create a physical experience for you that will enable you to understand but mainly to feel which part of your spine should move more. This occurs by guiding your movements according to well established principles of biomechanics.