Why train with us?

We believe in going beyond the “get fit” trends by focusing in on your entire body system through kinaesthetic awareness, proprioception  and myofascial health. Train intelligently.

As well, (in an society of anxiety, burn out, and high stress) we encourage people to be aware of staying consistent in their training systems in order to give space for the parasympathetic system (PSNS – “rest and digest”) to thrive, rebuild ones energy stores and to rejuvenate the body as a whole.

Never stop learning … here’s where we are at as we continue our discoveries, education and applied practice.

At the Art of Fitness we focus on training your “Biomechanics Regulatory System” (Tom Myers) through Pilates, Yoga and Functional Fitness. We will continue to follow the research and become educated in what Tom Myers, Body Harmonics, and other emerging quality educators are sharing with the fitness, health and well-being industry.

Train your sixth sense (biomechanics regulatory system ) …

We design your training based on what is currently known about the fascial paths in the body, proprioception, and kinaesthetic awareness.  We train you to listen to your body, create proper and intentional sequences of muscle activation thus creating stability, support and appropriate body response to movement and force.

Sound like too much thinking?

The good news is that the thinking is in the design and cues, that’s our job! As clients, you show up, tune in and experience a fantastic and balanced workout. When and if you want to know why and how we are applying these concepts we are happy to share, educate and learn with you.

Want to know more about why you should train with us?

“Fascia – our biomechanics regulatory system – is highly complex … understanding fascia is essential to the dance between stability and movement.” Tom Myers

“Kinaesthetic awareness” is a sensory skill that your body uses to: know where it is in space, experience the feeling of motion, sense weight, force and or tension on the limbs. Training yourself to be consciously aware of these sensations can help distinguish between good use and habitual misuse of your muscles, joints and all the parts that connect your body into a system of strength.

“Proprioception” is an inner sense that drives our movements by using the nervous systems proprioceptors throughout the body to provide the body position in relation to itself, thus giving us balance and control over our movements.

These sensory systems uses the myofascia as a information highway. The systems work at an unconscious level however can be brought to our conscious thought to help develop your bodies ability to sense, establish and apply the right sequence of muscle contractions with precision. As well, the system directs energy appropriately while controlling the lines from which force is transferred safely and effectively through the body.” – Neuroscience Online

Where and how we learn from changes with time however below is a list of a few of our current favourite sources of education.

Paul Chek  (this link will take you to Paul Chek’s video blog. We do not have the C.H.E.K Institute Certifications, however since my first Paul Chek lecture “squatology-audio link” (clink here to download PDF article) I have taken many other lectures and workshops as well as followed his generous sharing of information online.

Class Themes … 

There are constant themes that continue to cross our paths and these give form to how we put our training philosophy together. Our bodies are systems, “cutting it into smaller and smaller parts – has led to great discoveries, but it tends to destroy important connections…” (Tom Myers), therefore we train in a way that respects and supports your body as a whole responding to internal and external forces and factors.
Below is a sketch that attempts to encompass our system of training, whether you attend classes and or semi-private and or private sessions for Mat Pilates, Reformer Pilates, Functional Strength Training, Yoga or Indoor Cycle, this system of training applies at our studio.
 sketch

 

A list of example class/session themes … this design technique is something that Body Harmonics teaches in their education series of workshops. This list is ever changing and inspired by what we see within our client group at the studio.

  • Breathe
  • Lateral System – obliques
  • Poise and Precision
  • Deep Longitudinal System
  • Integrate Arms to Torso
  • Ankles, Knees and Hips
  • The Whole Body Head to Toe
  • Spine Mobility
  • Spine Stability
  • Range of Motion – Hips
  • Range of Motion – Spine
  • Range of Motion – Shoulder Complex
  • Rhythm
  • Myofascia Rhythm  (changing tempo’s)
  • Pause Effect
  • Transitions
  • Curiosity
  • Myofacia Load and Unload
  • Potential Energy
  • Transfer of Force

Words and Terms that Resonate

  • Mindfully Move
  • Stress
  • Balance
  • Proprioception
  • Kinaesthetic Awareness
  • Autonomic Nervous System (PSNS vs SNS) (avoid burnout)
  • Dynamic Posture
  • Homeostasis
  • Peripheral Nervous System (avoid RSI – repetitive strain injury)
  • Poise
  • Myofascial Health
  • Transfer of Force
  • Stability
  • Mobility