Foundation Training provides you with the means to improve the way you move and correct the imbalances caused by our daily habits. Through a series of body-weight exercises, we will work to activate your posterior muscle chain, anchor the hips, and decompress the spine, teaching your body to redistribute the burden of support while improving alignment and posture.
In a typical lesson, our certified trainer Acacia Noel will guide you through a series of strategic deep breathing and muscle activation cues. The movements are largely "isometric" meaning they are often held in place, training your postural awareness and ability to establish integrated muscle activation throughout the body. This results in immediate benefits for your alignment, core strength and spinal stability and joint health.
Lessons are completely scalable, meaning they can be practiced at any degree of intensity, as well as in any position-- seated, laying down, and/or standing. In fact, a single lesson might guide you through exercises in each of these positions, or focus on what is currently accessible to your body.
Who is Foundation Training for?
Everyone! Foundation Training is for anybody seeking solutions for pain, spinal health, and preventative care, as well as athletes seeking to improve core stability and symmetry. Originally developed in 2007 by Dr. Eric Goodman, DC to heal his own degenerated spine, he later applied it to the needs of professional athletes, first responders, office workers, and those with advanced medical needs. He and his team of certified trainers have helped tens of thousands to get out of pain. Learn more background here.
Can I practice Foundation Training if I have pain or physical disability?
This system is especially suited to those with pain due to the safety and scalability of the exercises. The FT principles of spinal decompression breathing and isometric activation can be practiced seated, laying down, or standing. At each session, the program is tailored to the individual's current physical requirements and endurance. While it shares certain characteristics with yoga, such as deep breathing and isometric holds, it does not require any flexibility or even any weight bearing to be beneficial! Of course, consult your health care professional for advice concerning a new exercise program.
Is any special equipment needed?
One of the great things about this system is that you can practice the elemental principles at home, in the office-- even in an airplane or hotel room. No equipment required! Even after a minimum of training you will have on hand a self-care tool that you can draw upon throughout the day and for years to come.
Should I do a private lesson or a group class?
Since they can be more easily customized, private lessons are recommended if you are having any kind of chronic pain or if you'd like to target a specific health goal. However, the group classes are kept small to allow for personalized feedback, and are also an excellent way to get started with this practice!
Private group and corporate sessions are also available.
Schedule your lesson now on our online booking page, or contact us!