Biokinetics is a profession concerned with health promotion, the maintenance of physical abilities and final phase rehabilitation, by prescribing a scientifically-based physical activity programme that is specific to each individual.
Bio + Kinetics = Life + Movement = Life through Movement
A Biokineticist can provide treatment to people from all walks of life. Athletes, the elderly, children, those with certain chronic conditions such as Diabetes and heart disease can all benefit from the assistance and guidance of a Biokineticist.
Pilates is a form of exercise that was created by Joseph Hubertus Pilates in the early 19’s and focuses on strengthening the deep stabilizing muscles to help correct muscular imbalances and improving posture. This form of exercise has other benefits such as improving coordination, balance, strength, flexibility, increasing breathing capacity and improving body awareness.
A session mostly consists of floor-based exercises and is not strenuous on joints therefore, Pilates can be enjoyed by everyone and not just fit or strong individuals.
Pilates helps you with the following:
The body’s core muscles are muscles of the lower trunk area including lower back, abdomen and hips. These muscles work together to provide support and mobility. These muscles enable and control the majority of all bodily movement. They are used to move your body and keep it stationary in the correct posture, thus improving your movement as well as your stability.
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Gross motor skills and co-ordination enable the body to perform everyday functions such as standing, walking, running and sitting upright.
Fine motor skills are essential for performing everyday activities such as self-care tasks, general performance tasks, including cutting and writing.
The ability to reach across the middle of the body with arms and legs, activates right and left brain bilateralism.
The ability to use their hands to execute the planned task.
Cardio Fitness & Muscle Tone
Most people should be naturally active, however with the rising trend of technology and lifestyle changes, cardio fitness freedom is unfortunately hard to find today. Pilates challenges all, the beginner to the established sports person, to break through fitness barriers and develop themselves in strength.
Muscle tone has a direct relation to all round performance. It is the overall strength of your body’s muscles to perform daily tasks, maintain posture and is a prerequisite to focus effectively.
Deon completed his undergraduate degree in Human movement science at the NWU PUK in 2013. Thereafter, he relocated to Port Elizabeth where he studied Biokinetics at NMU in 2014.
Deon is passionate about helping others and specializes in rehabilitating sport related injuries and strengthening after orthopaedic surgery.
His aim is to improve his clients’ daily functionalities and educate them on the importance of regular physical activities. He believes that through regular exercise and following a balanced diet, the risk of obtaining chronic- and/or orthopaedic diseases could be minimized.
Catherine graduated from the Nelson Mandela University, with a Masters degree in Biokinetics.
With a passion for sports and human movement, Catherine enjoys promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for people from all walks of life and has a special interest in chronic diseases and orthopedic injuries.
As a practicing Biokineticist with an active involvement in sporting activities, Catherine is able to understand the importance of including strength, mobility, and stability exercises into her clients carefully planned programmes, with a strong focus on injury prevention for both athletes and the everyday individual.
After spending 20 years in Cape Town, Gerald has returned to Port Elizabeth and has joined the Bay Life Clinic team. With a Bachelor of Science degree from NMMU and post-graduate degrees in Physiotherapy from UCT, Gerald is experienced in musculoskeletal conditions and their management. Being fortunate to have had extensive experience through working alongside some of the best specialists in this field, Gerald manages a wide range of injuries across all ages and pathology.