Components of Strength and Balance Sessions
- Posture prep
- Circulation Boost (Pulse raise, mobility, stretches)
- Strength phase in seated
- Strength phase in standing
- Balance in standing (seated variations)
- Functional Training (practical)
- Adapted Tai Chi
- Mindfulness and Meditation
Circulation Boost Pulse raise and Warm Up
In this phase we identify:
- Posture checks
- Pulse raising
- Preparation stretches for the main component.
Standing stretches can be a hindrance at first. Safer seated.
Endurance is designed to work the heart muscles and the circulatory system, using the aerobic curve, whilst monitoring your clients individually, and then lowering the heart rate at a pace that is suitable for the clients.
Strength Training (Resistance Training) is vital for all ages. Used in combination with balance training, it can help to reduce the number of falls or injuries in the older population and is becoming more widely recognised.
Balance Training The scary one! Although this phase is the highest risk phase, when applied correctly, and using a variety of methods, this can have the greatest impact on improving balance.
Functional Training Looking at the exercise patterns that we need develop the movements which will allow us to perform our activities of daily living
Adapted Tai Chi will help with balance, co-ordination and breathing. Seated or standing it will help to lower the pulse and bring some calm to the clients through effective breathing techniques
Dynamic Stretches Will help to stretch out the larger muscle groups, prevent any soreness and reward yourself for working hard
Mindfulness and meditation An essential component of our programme, which we encourage everyone to join in. All the clients will look forward to this part. It helps to reduce anxiety and stress and allows for rest and recovery.
Homework or Recording evidence of activities
Clients are encouraged to practice the exercise techniques at home. This has been shown to, not only make improvements to their strength, balance and mobility, but because the changes in behaviour will become more habitual, the improvements will continue, as the exercises become part of the client’s daily routine.
When you reflect, you will recognise small, subtle changes that improve mental and physical wellbeing.