Post Conference Workshop taught by Irene Dowd and assisted by Steven Fetherhuff
As we move through life into maturity, our strategies may need to change. Since longevity is increasing, it becomes more and more essential to find ways to safely move through our rapidly changing world (without withdrawing from the activities we enjoy). We will discuss and explore ways in which the use of our powerful brains coupled with adaptive physical training strategies can serve us through time, as we seek full engagement in actively living well. Not only does the world around us change, but so do our bodies as we move into our sixth to ninth decades.
Those changes are different for each person, but at some point: muscle mass may decrease, skeletal joints may become more hyper-mobile and possibly less stable, strong connective tissues become more lax and thus able to stretch more but hold together less strongly, proprioceptive acuity and fine-motor skill may change as nerve synapses alter or become sparser, equilibrium skills may become slower or less efficient. All these changes can be addressed by altering our physical training to develop strength, stability, coordination, proprioceptive awareness, and balance while performing activities relevant to our daily lives in new ways. By sustaining our adaptability, we can function optimally throughout life, in the context of our personal challenging environments, both inside and outside of the Pilates studio.