Getting back into the swing of things
Make your first game of golf this year a great game by getting your body ready to swing. Muscle tightness, poor rotation, strength and balance all contribute to a tough game and often a tight or sore back at the end of the round.
Pilates, a strength and conditioning system, will strengthen core muscles, enhance breath patterns, and improve balance and range of motion. Pilates is now being used by golfers — men and women — to help increase hip stability, strengthen the deep abdominal muscles and upper mid-back, all necessary for a great swing.
The Tsawwassen Wellness Centre offers a three-session Jumpstart Program to help you get back into the swing of things.
Your first appointment with the TWC is an assessment. Your posture, alignment, strength and flexibility, as it relates to your golf swing, will be analyzed. Swing challenges can be related to weakness or tightness in various muscles and joints, as well as movement limitations from injuries or arthritis.
Appointments two and three consist of one-on-one Pilates sessions custom fit to your needs and goals giving you fast and effective results.
Golf and Pilates share the same basic principles, requiring flexibility, rotation and core and gluteal strength. For golfers looking to stay healthy on the greens, Pilates is the ideal golfing partner. While the golf-pro corrects swings and takes strokes off a player’s game, the Pilates specialist can improve a golfer’s performance, stamina and stability. These changes can help clients drive the ball farther and avoid the sand-trap of fatigue and injury.
For more information about Tsawwassen Wellness Centre’s Jumpstart Program, visit www.twconline.ca, or call 604-943-8823.
• Linda Mallard is the owner Tsawwassen Wellness Centre Pilates and Health, 5514 12th Ave., Tsawwassen.