Smart Movement performing arts program combines different body techniques to bring body performance to highest level but basic of every session presents Gyrotonic and Pilates training.
The method creator, Juliu Horvath, dedicated his life to ballet. He began his career in the Romanian State Opera Ballet, but was forced to end it the New York City Opera due to an Achilles tendon injury at the age of 35. It therefore comes as no surprise that the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® was first adopted by professional ballet and other dancers.
Today, however, GYROTONIC® plays an important role also in the preparation training of many performance artists, figure skaters, actors, singers and all those who use their body as a medium for their creation. Gyrotonic directly improves the artist’s posture, which is the foundation stone of any public display. It also greatly contributes to the equilibration of physical, psychical and spiritual levels, raises the awareness level of all body parts and thus contributes to a harmonious body functioning. Such holistic performance of body, mind and spirit reflects in an utmost degree of artistic expression.
Smart Movement pilates training on mat and on reformer involves a series of exercises that teach body awareness. Many professional dancers and figure skaters complement their training with Pilates. Its focus on core stability, coordination, flexibility, holistic strength and mobility underpins their technique so they are able to dance, skate and perform freely and strongly. Pilates also cultivates an internal awareness which leads to better posture and confidence in your physicality.
However the range of body movements, repetition and speed of movement can put you at risk of an injury, particularly if you are learning unfamiliar movement. You can help reduce your risk of injury by being aware of common risk factors.
Some of the factors that can increase your risk of injury include:
Poor fitness – Weak muscles are more likely to be injured when challenged or stretched.
Poor technique – When the movement is performed with more force than necessary can injure soft tissue and bone.
Poor posture – Weak muscles in the back and abdomen increase the risk of injury to all areas of the body including the spine and legs.
Fatigue –Tired body tends to loose form. Falls and injuries caused by sloppy technique are more likely to happen.
Failure to rest an injury with active rehabilitation – Returning to training and competition before an existing injury has fully healed can be hazardous