Flexibility/mobility

If we neglect the physical needs of our body, our physical capabilities decline steadily over time. It is not uncommon for a person in their mid-forties to have not been regularly active for 20 years or more. The result is weak and over-stretched muscles in some areas (such as the lower back), and tight muscles in other areas (such as the back of the thighs, or neck and shoulder muscles). Such muscular imbalances can easily lead to a whole array of unnecessary symptoms, including regular aches and pains, muscle cramps, headaches, poor posture, back pain, and arthritis.

Firstly, you need to realise that you can reduce, or even completely eliminate, such symptoms. I often hear new clients describe their aches and pains as age-related wear and tear. This is a mistake for several reasons. Firstly, it does not consider the cause(s) of the problems. Secondly, there is an underlying belief that nothing can be done about it. However, probably worst of all, if you adopt a mind-set that at 50 or 60 years old you are worn out and should reduce your activity, then your body will become weaker, the aches and pains will get worse, and your attitude towards your age will have become a self-fulfilling prophecy. At the age of 60 you can reasonably expect to live for another 30 years or more, so you need to engage regularly in healthy exercise to maximise your chances that those years will give you a good quality of life.

Of course, flexibility and mobility are not solely needs of the over 50’s. All of us need these elements to be included in our exercise programmes. I include stretches and movements to enhance mobility in every session with every client. You will learn how to stretch yourself, and you will benefit from passive stretching performed on you by me while you are relaxing.