Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Isometric Exercise and Stress Reduction

An Isometric contraction is a muscular contraction where the length of the muscle remains the same.  If you tried the muscle relaxation exercise I linked to in my last post you performed some isometric contractions.

There are a variety of exercise methods that utilize isometric movement. Most Barre or Ballet workouts depend, at least partially upon isometrics. T-Tapp isn't strictly a barre or ballet workout but it does have dance elements. I also believe that it delivers the biggest isometric bang for your buck.

It systematically works your entire body, always engaging several muscle groups at the same time. If you're envisioning a workout where you contract everything at once and hold still for 30 minutes you're wrong. T-Tapp uses specific alignment along with movement and isometric contraction to create resistance. Unlike weights, where the resistance comes from outside of the body, T-Tapp resistance comes from within your body. It keeps your mind busy too which also busts stress.

The end result of a T-Tapp workout - and to a lesser degreee other isometric workouts - is - at least for me - a sense of profound relaxation.

The isometric contraction forces the blood out of the muscle and when you release to contraction the blood rushes back in and that's when the sense of relaxation occurs. As you move through the workout and concentrate on one body area after the next your entire body relaxes and you're left with a sense of accomplishment and even a feeling of euphoria. I can honestly say that I've never experienced anything quite like it.

At the T-Tapp Site they allow you to try exercises before you purchase anything. Check it out and if you have questions feel free to ask.

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