Stretching & Exercise

What is Therapeutic – Restorative exercise?
Therapeutic – Restorative exercises (yoga), is a practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. If you take a therapeutic – restorative class, you may hardly move at all, doing just a few postures in the course of an hour. During the long holds of therapeutic – restorative (yoga), however, your muscles are allowed to relax deeply. It’s a unique feeling because props, rather than your muscles, are used to support your body. Therapeutic – Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices and an excellent antidote to stress. Aim of this class is to restore the body, balance the breath, connect with our feelings and release tension and stress.

What to expect in class?
Prepare yourself for deep relaxation when you attend a therapeutic – restorative class. Expect the instructor to arrange for the necessary props to be available for you. After you are set up in a pose with all your props, you will hold the pose for an extended period, often up to ten or twenty minutes. Although you are supported, you will definitely still feel the stretching, which will probably help keep you awake. At the end of the session, your body feels open and refreshed. You may even be a little sore the next day from the deep stretching.

Benefits of easy stretching:

– Restorative yoga benefits
– Enhances flexibility
– Deeply relaxes the body
– Stills the mind
– Improves capacity for healing and balancing
– Balances the nervous system
– Boosts the immune system
– Develops qualities of compassion and understanding toward others and self
– Enhances mood states

What is Pilates mat & props exercise?
It is a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on core strength. This helps to improve general fitness and overall well-being. Pilates concentrates on posture, balance and flexibility. While doing the various exercises your mind needs to be constantly aware of your breathing and the way your body moves. The main aim of functional Pilates is to help practitioners improve their movement function to whatever level they require for their personal activities. Irrespective of age, pathology, injury or movement abilities Pilates is suitable for everyone with prior or not experience.

Some of the benefits:
• Improve posture
• Improve overall energy
• Strengthen overall core muscles
• Better coordination
• Better concentration
• Improve flexibility with support in order to allow the joints to work through a full range of motion
• Build endurance and strength
• Learn how to utilize full, deep breaths throughout the movements
• Improve core stabilization, working from the inside out
• Create a longer, leaner, and more balanced body
• Balance the weaker parts of the body
• Improve mobility in the feet and ankles
• Improve all other activities and quality of life

We collaborate with Akasha Center were they offer Therapeutic, Restorative, Prenatal Yoga classes.
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