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Finding Balance at Mettler

As we head toward the end of summer, making way for the start of a new academic year, it's wise to make a plan for exercise before we get too rushed. Consider including a fitness class into your new routine this fall.

Speaking of fall, we've all known a friend or relative who has fallen, which can trigger the question of what we're doing to maintaining and improving our balance as we age. We've addressed this specific need with our Balance & Vestibular program. Check it out. It's never too late to start working on your balance.
Paul Mettler, PT, DPT
Train Your Most Important Sensory System
Train Your Most Important Sensory System
Our traditional "five senses" (sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell) are important for experiencing the world around us, but there are between 9-21 other commonly-recognized sensory systems which we rely upon. Your most important system? Many argue it is your vestibular system. Learn about this oft-neglected system and why you should train it.
What is "vestibular?"
Vestibular means "of or relating to the vestibule" (of the inner ear). The vestibular system includes parts of the inner ear and brain and is critical for our sense of balance, movement, and spatial orientation. 

Why is the vestibular system so important?
Occupational therapists often refer to the vestibular sense is the "king of all your senses." It is closely-tied to other sensory systems and acts as a bridge between information gathered about one's environment and one's own body. Our sense of position, balance, movement, rotation--our sense of reality--is determined by our vestibular system. Without this underappreciated system, we wouldn't be able to stand or walk. Without this system, depersonalization and derealization symptoms occur--even personality changes, as is common among patients with chronic vestibular disorders.

Why is it important to stimulate our vestibular system?
As is true for aspects of physical function, the term "use it or lose it" applies to our balance as well. As we age and become more sedentary, the vestibular system begins to deteriorate. As it declines, fear of falling promotes further lack of movement--further weakening the vestibular system. This can be delayed through exercise and training the vestibular system. 

How do I maintain a healthy vestibular system?
Beyond keeping regular exercise routine, engaging in vestibular and somatosensory activities designed to challenge the vestibular system will be most effective. This includes vision stability, postural training, balance training, along with stretching and strengthening exercises. For people with balance, equilibrium or dizziness problems, this is best initiated under the guidance of a specialist.

How successful is balance and vestibular training?
Evidence has shown vestibular training can be highly effective in improving balance. Participants of Mettler's Balance & Vestibular Program have seen some incredible results in the six weeks of training.

Have a question? Ask and Expert. Learn more about Balance & Vestibular or register for the next session today.
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Free Guest Pass for a family member or friend. One-time use.
Upcoming Events 
8/15  Balance & Vestibular

View our class schedule for the most current information.
Balance Program
New Session 
If you missed the initial session of our Balance & Vestibular Program, you'll be glad to know a new, six-week fall session will run August 15th through September 26th.

Mettler's own Dr. Matthew Gordon (Doctor of Physical Therapy) and Laura Chiaramonte (Somatic / Movement Specialist) will lead this in-depth balance program.

Meets Monday/Wednesday at 3-4 p.m. A third day of practice on your own is encouraged for better results. Cost: $90 Member $105 Space is limited. Sign up today!
Duet Massage 
Enjoy the benefits of a relaxing massage together, with side-by-side massages in private space. Each person receives a unique treatment to address his/her specific needs. A Duet massage is perfect for special events such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, or just because! 

Schedule your duet massage on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday-year-round.

45 minutes - $120
60 minutes - $150
90 minutes - $200

Call 356-6543 or see Member Services for details or to book your appointment.
Water Fitness 
It's not too late to try our popular Water Fitness at Indian Acres. Pick up a punch card and get your exercise in the pool for the remainder of the season (September 2nd).

M/W/F Water Fitness 
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Emily)

Tues. Water Zumba
4-4:45 p.m. (Jenny)

Thurs. Water Fitness 
4-4:45 p.m. (Emily) 

Tu/Th Water Yoga
7-7:45 p.m. (Instructor TBA)

Punch Card 
$70 (10 classes) Member
$100 (10 classes) Guest
Find a Fitness Class 
Students will soon be back in session and in routine. But how about you? Even if you are no longer a student, it may be the perfect time to switch gears and find a fitness class to help reach your fitness goals.

With over 90 classes per week you're sure to find a class to motivate and challenge you.

Need help? Talk to Joy Sheehan, Group Fitness Coordinator or Ask and Expert.
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