Wellness Inservice at the Department of Rehabilition Services

February 13, 2009 | Events Archive

Department of Rehabilitation Services | Outpatient Physical Therapy
Yale New Haven Hospital Physicians Building

The Department of Physical Therapy at the Yale New Haven Hospital invited Bapak Waleed, Leonardo Stoute, to lead an in-service session for their therapists on the alternative healing and joint rehabilitation benefits of Silat. Bapak Waleed showed some very basic Silat steps which could be used to be of benefit to patients at any stage of rehabilitation and recovery after injury or surgery.

The nature of the Silat movements is such that weight is distributed through the muscles rather than localized on any particular set of joints. The motions, while initially foreign to the body, capture a natural flow of energy, and ultimately result in strengthening and aligning the joints and muscles throughout the legs, lower back and upper body. The therapists tried the movements, to feel the difference themselves. The stances and movements in Silat help to develop balance and coordination while in motion, and aid in toning and tightening muscles and also connective tissue. The movements going to and from the ground assist in protecting the lower back from strain, and can be used in everyday life outside of therapy as well.

Bapak Waleed also briefly touched on the martial arts and dance aspects of the Silat movements, which together provide a holistic movement system. Though the session was short, several of the therapists were interested in learning more about Silat and the ways in which their patients could benefit from this type of therapy. All thanked Bapak Waleed for spending some time with them out of his schedule.


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