Power Plate – a glimpse of the future for every body – by John Polley

Recently I was lucky enough to present educational sessions at the New Zealand fitness conference, FitEx. With one of my specialisms being movement based therapy and training using the Anatomy Trains understanding of the body, it was hugely gratifying to see the rapid changes in delegates who came to the sessions. Look at the before and after with Riwai below, who said to me in all seriousness “my body just can’t do that”, whilst occupying a position that shows with the right approach, it does!



I was reminded how powerful vibration can be when looking for almost any outcome. What is sometimes lost is that Power Plate gives you what I call ‘a glimpse of the near future’. In other words, harmonic vibration creates a bigger response (the rapid reflex response) than we would otherwise get in the short time frame. However, that response is fully ‘ours’, it’s our own bodies reacting to a stimulus, only more. Hence, if change happens using Power Plate with my clients, which doesn’t usually happen for them, we both know they can get there with regular movement of this kind. Vibration has just shown proven that.

Therefore, you can imagine the response rate if the correct movements, are teamed up with the correct vibration strategy using Power Plate. Huge change, huge benefits and huge smiles! At this stage you may be wondering what we did with Riwai. Well, several things, but I want to show you two very powerful movements that create mobility WITH stability in our deep front line and superficial front line, to use Anatomy Trains terms. Check out the video below and note the following:
• Sumo reaches (the first exercises) should be performed with a tall spine and the reach should be from the inner hip of the same side arm as shown
• The ‘mountain climber’ style movement needs straight elbows and a straight back knee to ensure safety as well as the best response in the tissues up the front of the body.



These are particularly effective on tight or uncomfortable lumbar areas in my clients. Each movement enhances elasticity whilst creating stability. We therefore get to ‘keep’ the gains. Try them out and let me know what you think! JP

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