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Callanetics For Your Health
- by Nancy Gerard, O.T.R.

Physicians and chiropractors who are familiar with the CALLANETICS program enthusiastically recommend it to their patients on the basis that the exercises included in the CALLANETICS routine provide a balanced and safe approach in maintaining fitness. The gentle stretching, the development of neuromuscular coordination, and the strengthening of deep postural muscles work together to create well-balanced tone throughout the entire musculoskeletal system.

In addition, and perhaps more importantly, injury is avoided because the specific movements required are designed not to give sudden impact to the joints. In fact, what is consistently stressed in the CALLANETICS method is gentleness and slow relaxation. Great emphasis is placed on protection of joints and especially those of the spine. Special care is taken to protect the vulnerable areas of the neck and lower back. For the majority of people who consistently follow the recommended program, excellent results are generally achieved.

CALLANETICS offers a graded plan and a way to improve self-knowledge regarding exercise. It is preventative and is a perfect way to ease inactive people and/or those whose ability to exercise is limited, into healthy movement.

Not only is CALLANETICS effective in relieving pain in those people suffering from postural dysfunction, but CALLANETICS can also be effective in maximizing medical or chiropractic treatment for such illness as arthritis in its various forms, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions like Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, fibromyalgia, etc.

Recent studies have shown that exercise can slow the process of aging and the progression of disease - important for arthritics and the elderly. Through exercise, improvement can be seen in joint function, muscle strength and mass, regulation of blood sugar tolerance, body fat percentage, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, internal temperature and weight bearing bone density. In chronic medical conditions, CALLANETICS can help sufferers to retain independence and activity for as long as possible.

Certified CALLANETICS teachers have completed a prescribed and extensive training program. Through the franchise company, they are provided access to therapists for advice in dealing with any unusual problems that they may encounter in their classes.

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