I found myself in a class and thought “Everybody needs this!”
I was checking into the Clifton Park YMCA recently and a woman checked in next to me that was so jazzed it was infectious. “I hope I’m not late!” The woman said and tore off down the hall.
I asked the front desk person and she said it was Zumba and if I wanted to go, I’d better go now before it gets too full.
I decided to check it out and found myself in a room chock full of electrified women. Some fun modern music started and with little introduction and we were off to the races.
The moments were shown by the instructors in real time. To my astonishment I was able to keep up and there was so much jazzy excitement in the room I really had fun.
As a Structural Integration Practitioner, clients often ask what they can do to keep their body feeling good. My answer is always the same. Movements that incorporate a wide range of motion in a coordinated way. Dance is a great way of expressing a wide range of motion in all the major joints as well as encouraging movement between muscle and convective tissue.
Muscle and fascial sheets slide on each other in this viscus and fibrous myofascial environment. The “Fuzz” speech by Gil Headly does an amazing job describing it in his YouTube Video.Keeping these myofascial sheets moving and lubricated is critical to healthy and easy functioning.
Exploring a full range of motion in your joints will give you a great sense of what is working and what is limited or stuck and increase your day to day range of motion.
Coordinated movement is the key to integration and is wonderful for your neuromuscular connections. Movements. This Jon Batiste song does a nice job of explaining that feeling
To the woman at check-in, I’d like to thank you! This experience was a great reminder that music and movement can be a joy machine, and Zumba (or similar practices like Nia or Thai Chi) are an integral part of a healthy life.