GravityFit - Revolutionary Exercise Science
GravityFit is a revolutionary science-based system of whole body exercise and rehabilitation that originated from a lifetime of research on core stability by world-renowned expert Professor Carolyn Richardson.
The GravityFit system of exercise and rehabilitation was developed to target and strengthen the anti-gravity muscles (AG) so you can stay fit and strong on the inside.
GravityFit strengthens the muscles you need to heal, live and perform at your peak.
Simply, GravityFit training optimises the function of the deep muscles that protect and support your spine, keep your bones and joints strong and allow efficient and powerful movements during physical activity or sport.
Perhaps the most obvious example of not using AGs muscles effectively is when we slump. If your AG muscles are strong, especially your spinal core muscles, you naturally have good posture and your spine and joints are protected from injury and pain. Core body performance is optimised when your muscles are doing what they are designed to do.
The GravityFit system uses a range of exercise tools, devices and programs to progressively increase the sensory effect of gravity to activate and strengthen the AG muscles that provide the framework for effective stability and movement whatever your physical needs and ability.
By targeting and strengthening these deep muscles, GravityFit can improve performance, assist in healing or provide the basis for a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Heal better, Live better, and Perform better
GravityFit originated from a lifetime of research on core stability by world-renowned expert Professor Carolyn Richardson.
Space research with the European Space Agency (ESA) allowed Professor Richardson to recognise the importance of Gravity to human health by studying human muscle function when Gravity is removed (i.e. microgravity).
While existing research has examined the function of the Lumbar Core and Cervical Core, new research being undertaken by Deakin University in conjunction with NASA, is shedding light on the importance of stabilisation of the scapula-thoracic girdle (i.e. Thoracic Core) on general spinal health.
The GravityFit education courses provide therapists with user-friendly principles and programs for restoring and strengthening the whole spine i.e. the Lumbar Core (stabilising the lumbar-pelvic girdle), the Thoracic Core (stabilising the scapula-thoracic girdle) and the Cervical Core (stabilising the head and neck region).
Our “Low Gravity” Lifestyles
Professor Richardson’s studies found that in zero gravity situations, the deep muscles of the spine and joints waste away as they are no longer needed to hold the body and push up against gravity. In astronauts, this leads to serious musculoskeletal health issues when they return to Earth.
Professor Richardson observed the same conditions that occur in zero gravity are increasingly common with modern lifestyles. We are increasingly encouraged to minimise the effect of gravity on our body – driving instead of walking, lying on the couch, slouching over the computer at work. When we minimise the sensory effect of gravity on our bodies, the AG muscles get weak over time and this causes serious musculoskeletal health issues (just like in the astronauts).
The GravityFit tools, programs, and methodology were developed to restore and strengthen the form and function of these deep AG postural and stabilising muscles by progressively increasing the sensory loading effect of gravity on the body.