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" is sometimes 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 actually 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 little micro-stretches in our connective tissues (fascia) and awakens movement proprioceptors in the joints and the brain. 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:
- Therapeutic yoga.
- Self-massage with therapy balls.
- Core work that integrates the movements of the hips and shoulders with the torso.
- Conscious breathing techniques that improve respiration, physiological functioning and focus.
- Physically strengthening and mobilizing the muscles of respiration.
- "Deceptively difficult" (according to one athlete student) corrective exercise that increases spinal mobility, stability and breath capacity.
- Techniques from yoga, Pilates, physical therapy and other therapeutic movement modalities that mobilize and stabilize joints from head to toe.
- Constructive rest. 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, or a "prehab" self-care practice as a way to avoid injuries and pain. Either way, each person has his/her own physical and mental habits, and each sport has its own physical and mental demands, so classes are designed and tailored for each individual or group. Gwen has a talent for assessing individuals' movement patterns and has helped tennis players, golfers, runners, cyclists and football players 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.
"I travel to LA as often as I can and was thrilled to find Gwen's class. Gwen is a professional with extensive knowledge of both yoga and the body. I particularly love her ability to help me feel and work my core. That mind-abs connection has helped me stabilize and strengthen my core, which in turn helped me with yoga poses and my competitive running. Gwen's gentle nature aids us reaching for our best, and her clear instructions make it easy to follow even with our eyes closed. She's a teacher who knows how to guide and teach us to be our best selves." ~ Heather (Competitive Runner/Yoga Instructor, RYT200)