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Irmgard Bartenieff's Resistance Bands

Origin

Irmgard Bartenieff

Type

Resistance Bands

Effects

Increased vestibular control

Downsides

May freeze user in challenging body positions

Activation

Stretching

Section

Out and About List

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OriginEdit

Irmgard Bartenieff transferred her passion for dancing into physical therapy exercises. Working alongside her mentor Rudolf Laban, she developed a structure to explain human movement from anatomical to layman's terms. Many of her principles focused on the subjects' breath and awareness of how their body formed different shapes when moving

The first people to benefit from her exercises were polio patients, who regained back movement during treatment. She also helped handicapped children and advocated the use of dance as treatment for physical ailments alongside regular therapy sessions.

EffectsEdit

Enhances balance and proprioception. The user will be more centrally aligned and prepared to move to remain upright. Wielders also have greater awareness of the way their body is moving through space, giving higher motor control.

Can stiffen the body into geometric forms when least expected. The wielder may end up stuck in a handstand, yoga pose or even fetal position at the wrong moment.

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