Learning the benefits of Body Alignment

Alex Broun 31/08/2017
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On the move: Jason and the team from Body Alignment can come to you.

The field of Sport Massage Therapy (SMT) is an exciting new frontier for fitness and health in the UAE – and leading the charge is Jason Isaac of Body Alignment Dubai. Jason knows the Middle East well as he was born and lived the first ten years of his life in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

In 1999 he went to boarding school in the UK and it was here his passion for sports first developed. Rugby, hockey, cricket, rowing, athletics, judo … whatever he could play, he did. Being dyslexic, Jason found his early years at school quite frustrating.

He was always being told off for staring out the window, day dreaming about drills he could practice on the rugby pitch or winning the gold medal in judo at the Olympics.

Unfortunately his love of playing sport was cut short by injuries, which led him to seek out a life changing step, training as a Sports Massage Therapist in London.

“It was the next logical step” says Jason, “as it kept me close to the sports industry. It wasn’t until I started my course with Premier Training International back in 2007 that I realised that I had in fact found my passion.”

After beginning to practice as a therapist the same year, the next step for Jason was to start up his own practice in Dubai in 2016. But why Dubai? “It’s no secret that the fitness industry has been growing at an astonishing rate in the UAE, especially in Dubai” he explains.

“To be honest this made my decision to set up Body Alignment Dubai quite an easy one as I saw all this growth in the fitness industry and noticed the absence of SMT companies.

“I believe this is due to the lack of awareness and understanding of SMT and the vast variety of benefits it has. Dubai seemed like an ideal location to not only provide the service but to educate the public on the benefits of SMT.”

The name Body Alignment comes from Jason’s overall health and fitness philosophy. “When I started my journey to SMT I learned the vast number of benefits that SMT has on the body,” he explains, “ both psychologically and physically.”

“Although designed to increase the performance of athletes through maintaining optimal muscle functionality and speeding up the rate of recovery, in my eyes SMT is one of the most important proactive forms of injury prevention and it is available to everyone.

“The importance and benefits of SMT are easily applied to which ever sporting discipline you are involved in, from the tri athlete that suffers from lactic acid build up to the CrossFit junky that constantly suffers from DOMS (Delayed On set Muscle Soreness) allowing them to shorten times between training and push that bit harder.

“For me, the importance of SMT boils down to injury prevention which in essence is muscle maintenance. Maintaining optimal muscle functionality and muscle alignment dramatically reduces the risk of injury.”

Jason named the company Body Alignment as he “wanted our Clients to realise the importance of aligning all aspects of their wellbeing in order to have a positive, sustained effect.

“An example of this is working with Clients to implement a program that focuses on SMT treatments that complement their Fitness regime, providing a combination of pre and post workout treatments.

At Body Alignment Dubai we also focus a great deal on muscle alignment to ensure less tensile stress on biomechanical and skeletal aspects allowing the body’s movement to be less constricted.”

At Body Alignment Dubai Jason and his team take an extensive look at each of their clients’ daily lifestyle and fitness programs, providing postural analysis and muscle alignment assessments to be able to provide them with a bespoke, 100% tailor made course of treatments.

Not only this but Body Alignment Dubai can come to you, so you can have your treatment in the comfort of your own home, office, gym or even yacht!

Jason believes that prevention is better than cure and strongly urges anyone that suffers from muscular pain, discomfort or soft tissue damage to pay him a visit.

“Look at the office worker stuck at a desk all day with poor posture and suffering from neck and shoulder pain” says Jason, “not only would SMT greatly reduce their muscular tension, it would increase their range of motion.

“SMT also reduces hypertension in a highly stressed job environment through increased circulation which reduces stress levels.”

Body Alignment Dubai now have a greater diversity of clients as awareness increases: the weekend golfer that is looking to increase his drive, the commuter back and forth to the capital every day with lower back pain, the new mum that is suffering from misalignment and the pre-competition body builder looking to increase muscle definition. They treat them all.

WHAT: Body Alignment Dubai

WHERE: bodyalignmentdxb.com or call Jason on 056 154 0099.

VERDICT: World class Sports Massage Therapy, wherever you want.

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Home Fitness For Ladies co-founder Kate Broadbridge on providing women with a safe space to exercise with a touch of Arabic hospitality

Hiba Khan 29/08/2017
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Home Fitness co-founder, Kate Broadbridge started an exclusive fitness club for women in Abu Dhabi with the single objective of providing a safe and comfortable space that caters to all their fitness needs.

The fitness club - which is just two years ago - is equipped with all the latest facilities to help clients reach their personal and fitness goals, while also being respectful to the Muslim culture.

The club's popularity has risen significantly and has paved the way for a healthier society in the capital.

For more information, log on to www.homefitness.ae or follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

هؤلاء بعض مدربات الهوم فيتنس للسيدات للتدريب الشخصي وللكلاسات ، جميعهن محترفات وعلى أرقى مستوى لأننا غير الجميع ولأننا لا نرضى لكم الى بالمستوى الأول . مع تمنياتنا لكم بالتوفيق في تحقيق جميع أهدافكم من التمارين في نادي الهوم فيتنس للسيدات . Here at Home Fitness @homefitness.ae we have only qualified and certified Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors on our team because we want only the BEST for you. 🎥: Our PT Aishah training TRX Suspension Training mashallah. #homefitnessforladiesllc #homefitnessforladies #lesmills #bodypump #bodycombat #bodybalance #circuit #fitness #uae #unitedarabemirates #uaefitnessmovement #personaltraining #pt #lesmills #lesmillsclass #lesmillsclasses #ladiesgym #ladiesclub #abudhabiladiesgym #abudhabiladiesclub #abudhabiwomensgym #abudhabipt #abudhabipersonaltrainer #personaltrainerabudhabi #abudhabipersonaltraining #fitspo #fitnessmotivation #womensfitness #womenshealth #mashallah

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Health and Fitness: Start your day at the Mall of the Emirates for an active workout

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There’s even more reason to visit the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai considering they will be hosting a series of free fitness classes before the shops even open.

As part of its commitment to engage the community in a healthy and active lifestyle. Mall of the Emirates’ MOE ACTIVE will host complimentary fitness classes throughout the week offering a variety exercise options to suit varied fitness levels.

The classes will be held before store opening hours at 08:30, from Sunday to Thursday, allowing participants to partake in an invigorating workout then enjoy the mall’s dining, shopping, entertainment and leisure options.

Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or want to start living a healthier lifestyle, the exclusive daily classes have been carefully curated with fitness professionals at FlyWheel Dubai and is the perfect opportunity to enjoy an exercise routine in a stunning location to beat the summer heat.

There are various classes to choose from that will focus on different work-outs.

FLYWHEEL

An experience crafted by Ruth Zukerman, the legendary instructor and driving force behind the New York indoor cycling phenomenon. Lasting a total of 45 minutes, the class, which is held every Tuesday at 08:30 at Ski Dubai’s foyer, includes climbs and descents, while you can also work your arms with weighted bars. It will be an experience, that will challenge your body and relaxes your mind.

To get you in the beat is the music which is an integral part.

Playlists are created by instructors who choreograph their own classes, syncing their rides to the beat, assuring a fresh ride every time, and showing a little glimpse of their unique personalities. In this session, the instructor will lead the way, suggesting target resistance levels to strive for.

Not only do you set your Flywheel bike to the positions that fit your body and comfort levels, but you control your “tech-pack”. Each bike has a tech-pack that displays your resistance, your speed and your power output, which will help you know how you’re performing.

FLYBARRE

Held every Wednesday at 08:30 at Ski Dubai’s foyer, the total-body sculpting class blends light weight training with core strengthening exercises to create the ultimate toning experience. Led by a motivating instructor, FlyBarre is a fun, high-energy workout that quickly tones and strengthens muscles.

Routines are switched up frequently, so even though you are always concentrating on arms, core, thighs, and glutes, you will not be guaranteed to get bored. As the perfect complement to Flywheel, FlyBarre completes your full body workout and the perfect cardio and strength training.

MALL WALKERS AND MALL CIRCUITS 

Focusing on the stretching, the Mall Walkers and Mall Circuits programmes will see you walk in circuits throughout the malls, with an instructor demonstrating stretching routines as well as interval training stops throughout the course. The Mall Walkers takes place every Sunday at 08:30, while the Mall Walkers Circuit is every Monday at the same time.

Speaking of the programme, Hussain Moosa, director for Mall of the Emirates, said: “At Majid Al Futtaim we strive to deliver great moments for everyone, every day that go above and beyond simply a shopping experience and MOE ACTIVE is a perfect example of how we deliver on our commitment to engage the wider community and encourage well-being.”

To reserve your spot, mat or bike, visit www.malloftheemirates.com/moe-active.

WHAT: Free MOE Active fitness sessions
WHERE: Mall of the Emirates
WHEN: On-going

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