Mobility for Athletes brings the oft-underutilized mobility component of training to athletes via one-on-one private yoga sessions at their homes, semi-private class series in private homes or country clubs, and mobility workshops at fitness and country clubs.
"Mobility" often is erroneously perceived as a fancy synonym for stretching. (Click here for a great Men's Health article about mobility vs. flexibility.) The goal of mobility training is to increase overall movement efficiency and improve range of motion (ROM) in the joints of the body. This includes stretching AND strengthening, as well as soft-tissue work that creates micro-stretches in our connective tissues (fascia) awakening movement proprioceptors in the joints that communicate with the brain. Mobility helps us move efficiently. Mobility training improves athletes' performance, helping them hit the ball further/run faster/swing the racquet with more power, while reducing recovery time and lessening their risk of injury.
Mobility sessions with Gwen include:
Self-massage with therapy balls.
Deep core work that integrates the movements of the hips and shoulders with the torso.
Conscious breathing techniques that physically strengthening and mobilize the muscles of respiration, thereby improving breathing, physiological functioning and focus.
Reworking of dysfunctional movement patterns.
Corrective exercise that increases spinal mobility, stability and breath capacity.
Techniques from yoga, Pilates, physical therapy and other therapeutic movement modalities to mobilize and stabilize joints from head to toe.
Constructive rest. A huge component of wellness. The body heals and regenerates during rest, and the brain processes new information it has received, including new ways of moving one's body. This also is when the mind releases tension.
Mobility training can be part of a rehab process after an injury, and is a "prehab" self-care practice as a way to avoid injuries and pain. Each person has his/her own physical and mental habits, and each sport has its own physical and mental demands, and classes are designed and tailored for each individual or group. Gwen assesses individuals' movement patterns and has helped tennis players, golfers, runners, cyclists, cross fit devotees and race car drivers all live better in their bodies. She often works therapeutically with students in conjunction with treatment they are receiving from medical professionals for physical therapy, injury rehab or pain reasons.