Safe Training & Injury Prevention Is Our #1 Mission
We achieve this by living and breathing the following principals.
Our classes are based on scientific principals strength and conditioning, pre & rehabilitation and sport specific training.
#1 Becoming An Expert
Becoming an expert? Well shouldn't you already be one you might say?
You know that saying "once you think you know everything you know nothing?" That principal is very alive when it comes to the core of our training.
Being an expert means staying on the frontlines, continually expanding your repertoire and staying up to date with the latest health and sport science discoveries. expertise, sport specific training and more.
By staying on top of the latest medical research and continued education we strive to be the very best so that you can too.
Through professional memberships, journals on sport specific biomechanics and qualifications such as CSCS and musculoskeletal rehabilitation we are always evolving and bringing those expertise to the table.
#2 Clearing Red Flags
You can't stay safe if you don't know what red flags you are looking for. We pay close attention to potential health concerns such as:
Every class starts of with an injury clearance for new and old students. You never know what us circus folk get up to on the weekend!
Secondly class sizes are kept small so our eyes are always on the prize. Your safety and technique.
If your body can't hold it, can't support it we don't do it!
Strength is one of the essential foundations of building control over hyper-mobility. Most students that come into contortion training are highly hyper-mobile and lack the strength to hold their postures without sinking into the joints. Sinking into the joints damages bones, cartilage, nerves, tendons and blood vessels can be pinched in the process.
This is why some students say they get dizzy when they are bending backward. They are stopping the blood supply through pinching blood vessels generally in the cervical spine. Lack of strength sets the student up for early degeneration in the spine and joints.
#4 Reprogramming Proprioception
Naturally flexible people are generally accident prone and clumsy. The reason is that the body struggles to know where it is in space with flexible ligaments and tendons.
One of the ways that I assist students to overcome these challenges which is not only strength training, its re learning proprioception and muscle memory in order to reprogram the right muscles to engage, as to how it should feel in the body through the entire range of movement. Props are implemented that disable incorrect muscle pattern chains which forces the body to follow the new correct kinetic chain.
#5 Inhibiting Incorrect Kinetic Chains
For instance it is impossible to lift the upper spine without engaging the glutes when the student is placed over a yoga ball with the toes on the wall. Using the back muscles simply won’t cut it. The glutes need to engage to lift and the student peels the spine up vertibrae by vertibrae instead of bending backwards in one area of the back. (This is very common in the lumbar spine).
"Contortion training is end range active flexibility training meaning strength based flexibility. Your muscles should be pulling you into the contorted positions and staying engaged the entire time creating space and a solid foundation for the bones, nerves and tendons."