Barre: The Art of Healing
Barre is a low-impact workout inspired by ballet and Pilates, known for its focus on small, controlled movements that target specific muscle groups. It emphasises core stability, balance and flexibility, making it an ideal choice for rehabilitation and injury recovery. By incorporating barre exercises into your routine, you can rebuild strength, improve flexibility and regain range of motion in a gentle yet effective manner.
Five Barre Exercises for Common Sporting Injuries
Quad Strengthening Pliés: For those recovering from knee injuries such as ACL tears or strains, quad strength is crucial. Stand facing the barre with feet hip-width apart, perform pliés by bending your knees and lowering your body while keeping the weight on the heels. This exercise targets the quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes, aiding in knee stabilisation and recovery.
Standing Leg Lifts: To strengthen the hip muscles, ideal for hip flexor injuries, stand sideways to the barre and hold it for support. Lift the injured leg to the side, keeping it straight, and lower it back down with control. This exercise targets the hip abductors and helps improve stability and mobility.
Calf Raises: Ankle injuries can be rehabilitated through calf raises. Stand with your heels hanging off the edge of a step or raised platform, and slowly raise up onto the balls of your feet, then lower back down. This exercise strengthens the calves and improves ankle stability. Make sure to hold onto a railing if possible.
Lumbar Strengthening: For lower back injuries, focus on exercises that target the lumbar region. Lie on your stomach with your hands under your shoulders and gently lift your chest and upper body off the ground while keeping your pelvis stable. This exercise strengthens the erector spinae muscles and helps alleviate back pain.
Safety First: Consult Your GP or Biokineticist before embarking on any exercise routine, especially after an injury, it is vital to seek advice from your general practitioner (GP) or a qualified biokineticist. They will assess your specific condition, recommend appropriate exercises, and determine the level of intensity suitable for your recovery.
Remember, patience and consistency are key when recovering from an injury. Barre exercises, in combination with professional guidance, can help you regain your physical strength, flexibility and overall well-being.
At Paola's BodyBarre, we believe in the power of mindful movement to heal and transform. Embrace your body's capabilities and empower yourself through Paola's BodyBarre classes on the app or in our studio or affiliate studios.
The information provided in this blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your GP or biokineticist before starting any exercise regimen, particularly if you are recovering from an injury.