The Oov has landed!

Here’s a compact new piece of Pilates equipment that both challenges and provides feedback in a unique way.

The Oov was developed in 2008 by Daniel Vladeta, an Osteopath, neuroscientist, medical research engineer and lecturer. It is a bio-feedback device with an unstable base used for rehabilitation and functional activities. It supports the spine but at the same time creates instability thus activating core control.

There are three main areas that it can help to improve, within a Pilates setting.

A cradle for your spine

The shape of the Oov is engineered to match the natural spinal curves of your body. Unlike a foam roller, the Oov is made from a highly resilient material which compresses to about 50% of its total volume but then also creates resistance. Once positioned correctly on the Oov, the spine is in an elongated, supported “neutral” position.

Balancing your stability

The Oov is designed to be an unstable surface. So while it creates support particularly in the lumbar spine it also challenges rotational stability, which is functional for many of our daily activities. As the shape and material of the Oov keeps the spine in a lengthened neutral position, it enables better mobility in the hips, shoulders and spine through improved core control.

Mobilising the shoulders

The modern lifestyle promotes poor postural habits and shoulders suffer. The cutaways in the Oov allow the shoulder blades to move freely whilst still supporting the thoracic spine.

The Oov is a fantastic addition to any movement teachers tool bag as it is so versatile. It can be used in a group class, within the studio setting or for private sessions in the home.

To experience the Oov, contact me about a one-to-one or small group class.