slow moves make muscle

I first became aware of slow strength when watching a cirque du soleil show several years ago.  A man and a woman in white doing these fantastic slow movements to music. It was beautiful. And I thought, “that’s got to take a lot of muscle!” 

Here is another example:

(That’s not me.)

 

Turns out psychologists, physical therapists, body trainers are now talking about “slow” being more efficient at building muscle. Psychologists are also using dance therapeutically. 

 

According to an article in the Los Angeles times, there are a growing number of pain clinics and integrative medicine centers that offer slow movement, awareness-based therapies (like hatha yoga and tai chi) for pain in a wide variety of conditions including

  • “pain caused by cancer
  • cancer treatments
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • fibromyalgia
  • multiple sclerosis
  • other diseases and conditions.”

Some experts suggest that these slow methods instead increase the parasympathetic relaxation response which in turn

  • reduces the stress response
  • promotes immune function
  • inhibits inflammation
  • stimulates healing

These slow continuous movements are said to

  • improve circulation
  • stabilizes blood sugar levels & your response to insulin
  • improve blood pressure
  • Improve cholesterol, and triglycerides levels 

Your lean muscle mass determines the rate that your body burns calories for fuel. More muscle means faster burning of calories, even at rest.

Slow and controlled movements minimize force on joints, muscles, ligaments, making it safe and reduces risk of injury.

Personally,I don’t know what movement I’m going to do from one moment to the next. I sort of follow the music and move as my body suggests. Then toward the end of the day I review the printouts of standard exercises to see if I forgot something.  So for me, slow movements mean: 

Enhanced Strength Building

Safer–You can stop immediately if painful

You Feel & Experience more body areas

It Unifies right & left brain activity

Here’s me on Spine:

Part Two–Legs Up!

 

No Surgery Please.