This statement is at the heart of Viktor’s method. Finding ways to create semi-closed chained movement environments allows the freedom of limb movement to be related and predicated on the stability, or anchoring, through the core and opposing limb(s). This relationship means that the limbs are responsible, support and answer to the demands of the movement.
Finding ways to provide external semi-closed chain resistance helps clients make neuromuscular connections by providing a feedback loop. Whether using bands or the Konnector on the Reformer, the feedback integrates all the limbs; as the legs move, the arms stabilize and vice versus. While both open and closed chain exercises are functional in nature and used in the rehabilitation and fitness settings, both allow for client compensation patterns. With a semi-closed chain environment, the feedback of the straps, in the case of the Konnector, inform the body of the imbalance and the straps then adjust to the movement. In short, clients can see, feel and understand compensatory patterns and use the feedback from the straps to self-correct.