What is Hoola-Fit?

Heather Gamin, LMT, Hoola-Fit Instructor

The hula hoop has long been thought of as a children’s toy. Sacred Transcendence wants to blow your mind with how magical a hula hoop can be! On Wednesday nights at 7pm in the Essential Energies Yoga Studio you could find yourself experiencing the hula hoop in ways you never thought were possible! Hoola-Fit classes take you into a world of flow where we use a hula hoop to stretch and explore the movement of our body. Moving in new ways, while building a local community of new friends or “flow mates.”

Hula hooping is considered a low-impact activity meaning it puts less tension on the body. Because of this, muscles can build slowly. Building muscles over time puts less stress on the joints creating less of an opportunity for injury. Those who are already experiencing joint pain or injury can still participate in hula hooping to aid in rebuilding of the muscles and tendons while building strength around the joint to create stability.

Waist hoop is a fundamental movement that all Hoola-Fit students will learn. The thought of waist hooping can be overwhelming, but sometimes we are missing information on how to perform the task. Have you considered that the reason you cannot waist hoop is due to the hoop itself? Dance hula hoops are lightweight and they come in all different sizes, thicknesses, and colors. It’s break-up time with that hoop you bought at the dollar store and it's time to level up to a hoop that is designed for your body. To find the hoop that is best for you, take a tape measure and measure from your belly button to the floor. This is the size hula hoop you should be using. If this seems big, just remember the bigger the hoop the slower the rotations around the core. Making it easier for you to keep contact with the hoop. Say you are not ready to commit to a new hoop of your own, there are many hoops available to try out in class.

Hula hooping has some of the same benefits as massage. To keep a hula hoop from falling you must bounce the hoop off contact points on your body. When making contact with the body the hula hoop supports blood flow to these areas, allowing the muscles to relax. Increasing blood flow to an area where scar tissue exists helping to break up scar tissue. The bounce of the hoop also can push excess liquid out the muscle allowing the body to dispose of it. Hula hooping helps improve posture too. Hoopers that keep a straight spine find success waist hooping faster. In Hoola-fit classes we use our whole bodies, engaging the smaller muscles of the upper back, glutes, and legs to create stability that supports our upper body. This leads to better posture.

The yoga studio at Essential Energies provides a safe space as well as hula hoops for those looking to get started on their hula hoop journey with a Certified Hoola-Fit Instructor. Hoola-Fit works to create a healthy mind, body, and spirit, as well as to build confidence and new friendships. In class, hoopers become aware of their own bodies through gentle choreographed warms-ups. That involves stretching and energetic bodywork to soft music so hoopers can seek out the imbalances in their own body, and work to restore that balance.

Since everyone learns at a different pace and some movements are more difficult to execute than others, students are invited to voice their hoop challenges as we add to our catalog of movements. Classes are slowed down in order to celebrate the success of all hoopers in the class as well as to introduce new movements. There are three parts to learning any new hula hoop movement, first is seeing the movement being performed. This allows students to know it is possible. The second part is being able to perform the movement individually, and lastly is being able to perform the movement masterfully. Hoopers are taught a new movement each class and perform movements from previous classes to reinforce the movements and make fine tuning to master it. In a challenging way to work on their speed and accuracy. By combining new movement with mastered movement, we create sequences that create flow. Freedom is a big part of flow art and hoopers have the opportunity to express themselves through free flow as well as a share in group flow activates each class. Hope to see you in Hoola-Fit Wednesdays at 7pm.

About the Spotlight's Author

Heather Gamin, LMT, Hoola Fit Instructor
eather is a licensed massage therapist who specializes in Reflexology, CranioSacral Bodywork, Lymphatic Drainage, and Light Healing Touch. She also incorporates essential oils into her practice. She recently obtained her ACE Approved Hoola Fit Instruction certificate and began teaching Hoola Fit at Essential Energies.

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