What results can I expect?
As with all exercise concepts you will need to begin slowly and simply. The beauty of ChiBall is that your overall fitness improves naturally with regular practice. You can expect an increase in metabolism, strength, flexibility, mobility, balance and an awareness of your body. ChiBall focuses on your breathing, and many people achieve a meditative state during a ChiBall session and therefore will grow spiritually over time.
How soon will I see results?
Results are dependent upon the regularity of practice. The average active person doing 2-3 sessions per week should see some results within 10-12 sessions. This will vary depending on each individual and other factors such as the number of sessions a person takes each week, diet, whether they participate in other physical activities, and whether they have any pre-existing injuries.
In what situations should I use ChiBall?
ChiBall is a holistic therapeutic approach to exercise. Each ChiBall can be used and adapted to suit many situations, from correcting postural alignment while working at a desk or sitting for long periods, to bringing greater focus to a yoga practice.
How often should I practise ChiBall?
Eastern exercise philosophies recommend moving every day to promote circulation and energy levels. ChiBall is aligned with the Eastern approach to exercise which combines slow, gentle, soft, relaxed exercises (yin) with fast, powerful, strong and energetic movements every day to ensure balanced and robust health.
Are there different levels of difficulty with ChiBall?
The ChiBall Education programme can be tailored to suit all levels of fitness. Exercise modifications and recommendations are given throughout the DVD series and exercise classes. Your personal fitness levels will determine the level of difficulty.
Do I need a ChiBall™ to practise ChiBall?
Yes, you do. The purpose of the ChiBall™ is to create a focus for the mind as part of the movement sequences. For example, the ChiBall™ is held in the hand during ChiBall™ Dance routines and standing yoga postures to intensify concentration and sensation as a challenge for core stabilisation, and as a massage and relaxation tool.
I have a bad back. Can I do ChiBall?
ChiBall™ Pilates is aligned with the latest research on back pain. Although you should always consult your physician before starting any fitness routine, a ChiBall workout is gentle and controlled with flowing movement. We have designed the DVD Posture & Flexibility for those with back pain, and you can modify the exercises to accommodate your limitations. If you commit yourself to a consistent workout schedule, you will certainly feel results.
Can I do ChiBall while pregnant?
Always check with your physician or obstetrician before undertaking any exercise when pregnant. The following information should NOT be substituted for medical advice from your doctor. Please consult your physician for information on what will be appropriate for you during your pregnancy. Intensive aerobic exercise from an Eastern perspective is not recommended as it overheats the womb and draws valuable Chi from the growing child. ChiBall movement sequences are modified to be graceful, elegant and nourishing. ChiBall™ Dance sequences are very gentle to stimulate circulation, cultivate Chi for both mother and baby, and maintain balanced energy levels throughout the pregnancy.
Can I lose weight by just doing ChiBall?
ChiBall uniquely combines Eastern and Western exercise perspectives, and encompasses both approaches for restoring and maintaining optimal physical health and wellbeing. Dance of the Dragon addresses the Eastern conversation concerning health and vitality of the internal organs to ensure a strong efficient metabolism. Energise & Tone and Awaken Your Spine combine both cardiovascular exercise with traditional body conditioning to stimulate the metabolism and promote weight loss.
ChiBall and reducing insomnia.
The Power of Relaxation DVD is an ideal DVD to release stress, calm the mind and induce a deep state of relaxation, thus addressing one of the recognised causes of insomnia.