Maria is a movement and mobility specialist.
Her approach is primarily informed by her deep interest and self-directed study of human movement science & biomechanics as well as having spent 12 years studying and 8 years teaching modern postural yoga. She specialises in helping people understand their bodies better, move more intelligently and consequently feeling more capable in their bodies. While she still considers the essence of her work to be of yogic nature, her teaching nowadays assumes the form of functional strength & mobility training.
Maria works with a wide spectrum of clients. From general population of all ages to yoga teachers to athletes to dancers to people looking to rebuild capacity post injury, Maria has a keen eye and the expertise to guide each individual in their respective journey toward a more balanced & resilient body.
When working with Maria, you can expect to be well cared for while definitely being challenged. She has a very clear and precise way of instructing while maintaining a light-hearted, joyful atmosphere. Her teaching method is orderly to allow for progressive and continuous learning, while leaving room for playfulness and spontaneity. Maria always does her best to show up with a high level of focus and expects nothing less from her clients. She believes that it is the mutual dedication to the work that results in progress and transformation.
“I truly believe that every human being yearns to know themselves fully. The body is a doorway to do exactly that. Through this doorway we may embark on an endlessly fascinating discovery journey. It begins with the outermost layers: joints, muscles etc. From this starting point we can get to know more subtle aspects of who we are, leaving no part of ourselves undiscovered.”
ABOUT FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH & MOBILITY TRAINING
Your body can only adapt to the things you do. It can not adapt to the things you don’t do.
This means, if you want a strong and mobile body, one that is able to withstand a variety of demands, you need to regularly place a variety of demands upon your body. When this is done intelligently and progressively the body over time becomes more able to handle a variety of stress.
Healthy Joints are the basis of all movement
One of the first things I check when working with someone (doesn’t matter if they are a regular person, athlete, yogi, dancer) is: Does each joint in their body do the things that it is supposed to be doing. Is the shoulder doing the things, a shoulder is supposed to do? Is the hip doing the things a hip is supposed to do? etc. Due to our lifestyle, we are currently seeing a lot of joint disfunction. I see a lot of people trying to learn complex movements without actually having addressed their joint dysfunction. This is highly problematic. If we are trying to build capacity on top of dysfunction, we are actually not building capacity but rather just more dysfunction!! Therefore function always must come first.
The nervous system controls everything
In order to even move your joints, engage you muscles, your nervous system has to be able to communicate with the various parts. When we stop moving our joints in all the various ways the can move, not only do we lose the ranges of motion in the jpjoint the neurological control begins to fade. When you are working on re-building/improving mobility, you must not forget that neurological control has to be rebuilt!
Flexibility is different from mobility.
Flexibility is passive range of motion.
Mobility is active range of motion.
Life for the most part requires active range of motion. You may have a lot of passive range, however if you are not able to generate force in these ranges, they are not considered functional. What I specialise in is helping you developing better active range, so that you can be strong in every position, from any angle and do anything you want to do!