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By Matt

MoveFree is not your standard fitness class. It manages to pack yoga, pilates, biomechanics and movement neurology into one session. The mastermind behind this cross-practice class is Georgina Ramos, who decided to graduate from her straight-forward pilates training to utilise different movements to reach people’s specific issues.

And it seems to be a good idea, as Georgina explains: “The benefits are improved relaxation and overall wellbeing because the body wants to move. Complex and varied movement stimulates the brain, so we get improved memory and concentration as well as relief from aches and pains.”

A lot of these aches and pains come from the repetitive movement that is a habitual part of modern life and isn’t usually considered problematic. For example, it is not uncommon for us to spend eight hours a day sat at a desk, with breaks to scroll through Instagram and lounge on the sofa in front of the TV – especially during winter, Georgina notes: “Repetitive movement creates tightness and weaknesses that will cause bad alignment, which creates unnatural loads and forces on the body, eventually giving warning signals like pain if unaddressed.”

This sort of physical negligence is surprising when we consider how much time and money we often spend on other things: “If a car’s tracking was out of alignment we’d take it to the garage, but we think nothing of the fact that our bodies are less functional because they’re responding to what we do most of the time. There’s nothing wrong with any one position per say, but if we spend a whole day in one position, the body will respond by shortening muscles and tightening joints. We stop being able to touch our toes because our joints never go past 90 degrees, which eventually means you can’t put your shoes on without difficulty.”

Little daily niggles can often go unresolved, but Georgina hopes to combat complacency with exercises that make a long-term impact. “Attendees can expect to feel stretched, strengthened, challenged by surprisingly small movements, and hopefully feel they’ve had fun too.”

MoveFree begins at Union St, with free taster sessions on Sat 6 and 13 Jan, 12:00-1:00pm, and Mon 8 Jan, 5:30-6:30pm.

About Matt
Matt co-ordinates Union St and Champions Enterprise Nation in Sheffield. For feedback, questions or suggestions please email matt@union-st.org
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