Ki-Hara is a modality of resistance flexibility training refined by Steve Sierra and Anne Tierney. It both stretches and strengthens the body dynamically while energizing the core and training the body both concentrically and eccentrically.
During Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching, the muscles are being contracted and lengthened at the same time. The basic concept of Ki-Hara is to strengthen muscles throughout their ranges of motion, and it’s not how long they are, but whether they are strong throughout that length. Strength and flexibility are directly correlated.
During a Ki-Hara session the trainer provides resistance in unique movements that go deep in the hip and shoulder joints to train the clients everyday movements. A Ki-Hara trainer is essentially a very sophisticated piece of gym equipment providing both flexibility and strength training and by its very nature is designed to fit the needs of the individual.
When used in a Myocentric session, Ki-Hara is a modality of movement therapeutics. Simply put, a muscle contracts either isometrically, concentrically, or eccentrically; myo means muscle; thus Myocentric Training. Commonplace in today’s health and fitness market are the catch-words “functional training,” and “customized training,” however the client is still given traditional methodologies, i.e. weightlifting, yoga etc. Occasionally new twists such as kettle bells, ropes, suspension training, etc. add interest and cross training, but still leave gaps. The trainer lets the client’s body guide the work through focusing on the clients response to the trainer’s stimuli. If a muscle is tight, I stretch it; if it is weak I strength train it; if it isn’t working at all I activate it; if it needs to rotate internally, or externally; flex; extend; abduct; adduct; and so forth. No equipment can be so specific. Tools are helpful, but are best used as an extension of the client’s own body. The client’s own body is ideally the cornerstone of both therapy and training.
In my practice a Ki-Hara session usually starts with mashing which is a derivitive of Thai style massage done with the trainers feet, and Shiatsu. This allows me to begin breaking down trauma and/or age related buildup of fascial cross-linking deep in the muscles. Workout/gym clothes or similar comfortable clothing is recommended for these sessions and the client starts off on the floor. Table maneuvers may or may not be incorporated into one of these sessions.
Ki-Hara trainers are uniquely qualified to problem solve using formulas based on muscle relationships such as agonist/antagonist, opposition, balancing, and advocate muscles.
I am also trained and certified in modified proprioceptive neuromuscular flexibility training and use, as needed, all forms of muscular contractions and stretching to restore balance and function.
I see people from all walks of life from athletes (either as a dimension of training, preparation for an event, or correcting an imbalance) to the elderly with joint replacements looking to remain mobile.