Q. What is so special about the circular movements in Essentrics?
A. They condition the joints by working them fully the way they should work.
Most workouts focus on muscles, but our body is more than just flesh. We also have many bones connected via movable and immovable joints. In Essentrics we target the movable joints that are filled with synovial fluid. They resemble lubricated engine parts that perform different motions. A typical example is the Ball & Socket joint: try making a fist with one hand and cupping it with the other. The fisted hand can roll around in many directions in the cupping hand, making wide, circular movements.
Our arms and legs connect to the skeleton through Ball & Socket joints. They are designed for large motions. If we don’t use them fully the way they naturally function, if we don’t rotate them sufficiently, deposits will build up in the joints, causing rigidity. The muscles around the Ball & Socket joints which are also designed to do wide circular motions will stiffen from fascia build up as well. Fascia is the film-like connective tissue between muscles that can harden from lack of movements.
These are the reasons why we do big, circular motions in Essentrics. They condition our joints the way the joints should work. It is also why the circular movements feel natural and pleasant. Few workouts fully engage those joints the way Essentrics does.
We have other types of movable synovial joints. Our knees and wrists have ellipsoid joints that have less rotation. Our ankles and elbows have hinge joints that allow flexion and extension. Essentrics movements are all designed to optimize the use of these joints and the muscles around them, which is why we feel so good after!