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Using the Franklin method for a gentle fascia training Fascia training improves the muscular connective tissue, for example the ligaments or joint capsules. Sportszeugs GbR, based in a small village in Saxony-Anhalt, offers workshops to introduce the Franklin method for fascia training, combining exercise with imagination. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN
Fasciae pervade the whole body and have a great influence on how it moves. They can be activated in different ways, but it is best to do this sustainably. This is exactly what the Franklin method aims towards. Eric Franklin, born in Switzerland, studied sport at the ETH Zurich before moving to New York to study dance in 1979. Working with André Bernard, he learned to integrate imagination and visualisation into his motion concept, allowing one to fully experience the body’s anatomy. Christiane Maneke, co-owner of the Germany-based Sportszeugs GbR, uses the Franklin method for fascia training and educates others to do the same. This way, they can easily adopt it for themselves.
“Participants gain a better understanding of their body and its function, discover unsuitable movement patterns and develop new ones,” says Maneke. The imagination enhances the interaction between mind and body. But how does one train fasciae with the Franklin method? First of all, it is necessary to experience where they are situated; touch and move them before starting to massage them, for example with a special ball. Using the fasciae’s flexibility, through three-dimensional movements, the connective tissue is activated and muscle strength is built up. www.sportszeugs.de
Where health and hospitality meet Set in a rustic Bavarian chalet hidden amongst the lush greenery of Bad Tölz, the Eberl family have created a distinguished private health clinic with a strong emphasis on healing in luxurious comfort. “Our house takes in patients for short recuperative stays right through to stays of several weeks so that the patient has access to the best possible medical and therapeutic treatments in our family-run clinic,” explains Georg Eberl, who founded the clinic in 1984 alongside his wife, a nutritionist and trained hotelier. Today, the spacious villa functions as a refined and welcoming rehabilitation and treatment centre. When it comes to health, the experienced private clinic has 50 beds and boasts 750 square metres of treatment space, plus a sumptuous pool, wellequipped gym and an extensive menu of personal treatments and massages. The team of four resident doctors and a number of physiotherapists led by the Eberl’s daughter have the ability and know-how to not only fend off illnesses and realign 82 | Issue 45 | December 2016
joints, but also boost your wellness levels within a short space of time. Its range of indications has expanded over the past three decades, explains Eberl, from exclusively treating internal medicine ailments to specialising in psychosomatic and orthopaedic health issues as well. “We’re constantly developing our treatment methods, including diet and nutrition, to keep up to date with current medical research,” says Eberl knowledgably.
Photo: © Eric Franklin
Eric Franklin. Photo: © Sportszeugs GbR
TEXT: EMMIE COLLINGE I PHOTOS: EBERL GMBH
Its wooden furnishings and cosy décor enhance its focus on wellbeing, while its garden, indoor heated pool and terraces are an idyllic extension of the scenic landscape. “This is what we call our ‘healing surroundings’,” continues Eberl. “This atmosphere is fundamental to ensure beneficial effects on the guests’ health.” www.privatklinik-eberl.de
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