You keep injuring yourself in your current workout program.
You’re tired of waking up with aches and pains.
You can’t seem to get yourself to the next level in your sport.
Your shoulders (hips, knees, ankles) don’t move as well as they used to.
You finished physical therapy, but you’d like more help getting your body moving better again.
The trick to improving joint health and maintaining a pain free body is in our ability to have active control over the positions we move through. You don’t need to be the most flexible person in the world, but active control over movement along with daily mobility training for joint health can help keep you healthier than you ever imagined.
Developed by world-renowned musculoskeletal, and human movement expert Dr. Andreo Spina, Functional Range Conditioning (FRC®), is a system of joint health and mobility training based in scientific principles and research. I use this system myself because it’s what works to keep my body healthy and pain-free to do the activities that I love.
As a certified Functional Range Conditioning Movement and Assessment Specialist, I begin with a thorough assessment of your current range of motion. Then, clients learn how to work at their own pace in a safe, evidence-backed, effective way to restore healthy movement. In addition to time spent training with me, each client receives their own program to follow at home.
Mobility training can be done in conjunction with your current training program or it may become a training program on its own. You might want to schedule regular training sessions, or you may just need to check in every six months, doing your own work at home. Your first session will last between 90 minutes and two hours; subsequent sessions are 60 minutes. New clients should expect to schedule at least one initial assessment at 90 minutes and one subsequent session for follow-up.
Why do we want mobility?
Healthy joint range of motion is the baseline for all human movement. Over time, our modern lifestyles lead to a loss of mobility— even with regular exercise, training or yoga.
When we lose the ability to move well from one joint, then some other part of your body has to pick up the slack. This means that you’re now moving in a less-than-optimal pattern, putting more wear and tear on joints that aren’t designed for that purpose.
Can’t I just go to a Kinstretch class?
Absolutely! Kinstretch is a wonderful way to work with these principles in a group setting. If your time and resources allow, working one-on-one allows me to assess and address your individual needs in a way that a group class simply doesn’t allow.
I already do yoga to be flexible. Isn’t that enough?
Practicing yoga or simply stretching can help you to increase your passive range of motion— what we call flexibility. Flexibility is your muscles’ ability to lengthen. Mobility is the ability of your joints to move actively through a range of motion. While flexibility (passive range of motion) is great, it’s not something that we are able to consciously control. Mobility moves beyond stretching to train your joints and your nervous system for maximum control. The end result is more resilient joints that have freedom for improved performance while reducing the risk of injury.
Yoga is fantastic for increasing your passive range of motion, strength, and cultivating your mind-body connection in addition to its many other benefits. However, unless the teacher is specifically teaching active range of motion techniques (as I do in some of my classes), it will not increase your mobility— your usable range of motion. Because yoga tends to repeat similar shapes, there will be ranges of motion that yoga cannot address at all. That’s where additional mobility training can supplement and even enhance your yoga practice. I have personally found that my yoga practice is stronger and more pain-free since I began my own separate mobility practice.
What if I have an injury or am recovering from one?
This system is designed to work in a pain-free way. You must be cleared by your doctor in order to begin this or any other exercise program. Nothing we do together should hurt; if movement causes pain, we will work around it to increase healthy movement or I will refer you to a medical professional.
What does it cost?
Your initial assessment session lasts between 90-120 minutes and costs $150. Follow-up sessions are 60 minutes and cost $100.