Harmony Academy

Module 1 - Get Up and Start Moving

Reasons for Harmony Training

Training for lifestyle

- As part of a healthy active lifestyle

  • Just a few minutes a day

  • Convenient and private

  • Improve posture and movement harmony

  • Get rid of physical nags and snags

  • Enhance athletic ability and performance

  • Gain additional layers of protection from falls, injuries and diseases

  • Feel good and look good

Training for Rehabilitation

- As part of a comprehensive rehabilitation program

  • Facilitate natural functional recovery

  • Train pain-free at your level

  • Join a program and be mentored by a Master 

  • Practice  your video sequence  (5-15 nimnutes) daily at home

  • Progress functional  levels as you improve

  • Reach goals

  • Gain prevention layers 

  • Continue to lead a healthy active lifestyle

 
 
 

​​Harmony Training for Lifestyle

 

Select Initial Sequence

  • If you suffer from movement nags and snags (consult with a StarBarre Master):

    • Select a Harmony Journey:

      • Blue Journey – Lower body

        • To address lower limb, pelvic and lower spine movement issues.

      • Green Journey – Upper body

        • To address upper limb, scapular and upper spine movement issues.

      • Yellow Journey – Holistic

        • To address body spanning movement issues.

    • Select a Star Level:

      • 1 Star - Basic level functional movements.

        • Pain-free training for people with acute movement issues.

      • 2 Stars - Intermediate level functional movements.

        • Pain-free training for people with sub-acute movement issues.

      • 3 Stars - Normal level functional movements.

        • Pain-free training for people with mild or no movement issues.

    • Select the initial sequence according to the journey color and star level.

    • Learn and practice the short video of the exercise sequence daily, until the exercises become easy, then progress to the next star level of your journey.

    • After you have reached 3 Stars level of your journey and they become easy, continue to 4 Stars level of the yellow (holistic) journey.

  • If you are generally healthy, select the appropriate star level on the yellow (holistic) journey:​​

    • 1 Star​

      • limited movement abilities​

    • 2 Stars​

      • Basic movement abilities​

    • 3 Stars​

      • Normal movement abilities​

 

 

Learn the Exercises

  • Learn with videos and tutorials

    • On the homepage exercise dashboard, tap on the selected sequence to open the sequence page

    • Tap on your current sequence

      • For example: Lower body (blue) 3 Stars

    • Scroll down on the sequence page to see the individual exercises

    • Select and tap on the exercise you want to learn

    • Practice the exercise while viewing the video, reading the text, and seeing the pictures on your device.

    • Tap on the ‘next’ button to learn the next sequence exercise.

  • Physical studio or online classes with a StarBarre Harmony Master:

    • Supplementary to video learning.

    • See the big picture and flow to the next level with personalized guidence of an experienced mentor.

      • Locate an online Harmony Master

        • ​Setup requirements for online classes

      • Locate a StarBarre Studio

 

 

Home practice - 'A few minutes a day'

The short daily practice at home is the main engine of StarBarre Harmony, together with learning the exercises with a master. From a learning perspective, the daily practice is critical to progress from session to session. The short home practice also prepares clients for later stages of the method (6 stars and above) in which the short home practice is the essence of the method. The reason the home practice takes only a few minutes is for it to be effective and short, and to blend in with life rather than taking over it.

The short practice is not a compromise to quality or range of movements during the session. Reaching 6 star level, i.e. the ability to perform the 34 Harmony exercises harmoniously in 7 minutes at home may require months of dedicated studying.

Once achieved, however, clients have an amazing tool at their disposal which can be used when ever the body needs a boost.

The short practice at home also has a practical purpose. For example, if the home practice was a 45 minute session, it would be much more difficult for clients to comply even if they understand the significance.

The home exercises can be performed also without a StarBarre unit, by using a kitchen counter or windowsill, a chair and a regular door way as substitute. This might be less convenient but no compromise to the exercises and just as effective at home of when traveling.​​​

The short daily practice is not instead of other activities and sports. Rather, the regular harmonious movement training aims to prepare the body for activity, improve performance, and prevent injury. Eventually ( 6 Star level and above), it becomes a powerful tool of nature to be used after long rests, just before activities and whenever the body and mind needs an instant boost.

 

 

Progress to the Next Star Level

With good teaching, good learning and daily practice at home, it is just a question of time until the sequence exercises become easy. That is the time to progress to the next functional level.

  • 1-3 Stars​​
    • ​In the new star level, some of the exercises remain, some exercises become more complex, and some exercises will be new.​​

  • 4 stars​​

    • ​An intermediate learning period in which each of the 34 Harmony Sequence exercises is learned and practiced in detail.

  • 5 Stars

    • Practice and master the 34 Harmony exercises harmoniously in sequence – Multiple repetitions 45-minute session.

  • 6 Stars

    • Practice and master the 34 Harmony exercises harmoniously in sequence – Single repetition 7-minute session.

  • 7 Stars

    • Practice the 6 Stars level harmony sequence daily for a week.

  • 8 Stars

    • Practice the 6 Stars level harmony sequence daily for a month.

  • 9 Stars

    • Practice the 6 Stars level harmony sequence daily for a year.

  • 10 Stars

    • Practice the 6 Stars level harmony sequence daily for 5 years.

 

 

Beyond StarBarre Harmony

  • According to holistic philosophy, the 7-minute Harmony sequence represents a preparation routine for the expected activities of daily life, including sport activities.

  • Therefore, the daily StarBarre Harmony practice is not instead of other sports, but part of the active lifestyle, which also includes other sports.

  • It is recommended to do 30 minutes of pain-free aerobic sports a day:

  • Use StarBarre at home, and select from a wide variety of free and subscription Barre exercise classes.​

  • Use the StarBarre door strap or wall anchor with MoonRun for fun, healthy and exciting full-body aerobic training www.MoonRun.com. ​​​

 

 

Harmony Training for Rehabilitation

 

 

Instructions for Clients

  • If you suffer from movement pain or impairments, it is recommended to start specific pain-free training for rehabilitation.

  • Locate a StarBarre Clinical Master*

    • *A StarBarre Master who is also a registered clinical practitioner.​

    • Can be a physical visit or an online video session

  • The clinical master will examine your condition and listen to your complaints and goals.​

  • Accordingly, you will be allocated an initial exercise video.

  • The master will teach you the exercises and make corrections during hour long clinical sessions, 1-2 times a week.

  • You will be provided with a short video (5-15 minutes) of the same exercises to practice daily at home.

  • Once the sequence exercises become easy, you will progress with the master's guidance to the next star level.​

  • Once you have progressed to reach you functional goals, the rehabilitation provess will end.

  • With continuous practice of the exercises you will obtain multiple layers of protection against recurrence.

  • Once recovered, it is a great opportunity to continue the StarBarre Harmony holistic journey and train for lifestyle.

 

 

Instructions for Clinicians

 

 

The Initial Visit

  • In a private examination/treatment room.

  • Perform a careful physical and functional examination and mark the findings relevant to the clients’ complaints.

  • Discuss current functional condition and set goals with client

    • Clinical goals might vary between:

      • Returning to competitive athletic performance after a sports injury.

      • Walking for 30 minutes a day without pain, carrying the groceries without fear and getting in and out of the car with grace.

      • Recovering smoothly from an operation and returning asap to the previous normal life.

  • According to the clinical examination, select a Harmony Journey

    • Blue Journey – Lower body

      • To address lower limb, pelvic and lower spine movement issues.

    • Green Journey – Upper body

      • To address upper limb, scapular and upper spine movement issues.

    • Yellow Journey – Holistic

      • To address body spanning movement issues.

  • According to the clinical examination, select a Star Level

    • 1 Star - Basic level functional movements.

      • Pain-free training for people with acute movement issues.

    • 2 Stars - Intermediate level functional movements.

      • Pain-free training for people with sub-acute movement issues.

    • 3 Stars - Normal level functional movements.

      • Pain-free training for people with mild or no movement issues.

  • Select initial exercise sequence

    • According to the selected journey and star level​

      • If in doubt re star level, select lower level​

      • If in doubt re journey direction, select yellow (holistic) journey.

    • ​Examples

      • A client with pain or impaired movements in body spanning areas:

        • As a full body issue, initiate the program with the holistic (yellow) journey.

        • Select between the yellow 1-3 star sequences according to severity of condition.​

      • A young client with symptomless scoliosis:

        • As a full body issue, initiate the program with the holistic (yellow) journey.

        • As an asymptomatic issue, select the yellow 3 star sequence.

      • A cyclist with chronic neck and shoulder pain:

        • As an upper body issue, initiate the program with the upper body (green) journey.

        • As a mild or moderate issue, select the green 2 Stars sequence.

      • A client after a fresh knee operation:

        • As a lower body issue, initiate the program with the lower body (blue) journey.

        • As an acute issue, select the blue 1 Star exercise sequence.

        • Progress to next level sequences according to:

          • Functional timelines of the surgeon’s protocol.

          • Client’s compliance (link).

  • Test Selected Sequence

    • Open the sequence page ​​​​on mobile device

      • Tap on your selected sequence on the homepage exercise dashboard.​

      • Or scan the selected sequence on the PDF chart.

    • Scroll down to view the individual exercises.​

      • Tap on any individual exercise for details and instructions.​

      • Decide if you want to exclude any of the sequence exercises at this stage.

    • On the sequence page, open the short sequence video.​​

      • Attach mobile device to the StarBarre brackets and ask client to perform the exercises while you watch.​

    • Confirm that the client understands that no pain or discomfort should be experienced while performing any exercise.​

    • Inspect the performance and correct if necessary according to the exercise page instructions.​

    • If all exercises were easy, repeat test with the higher star level sequence of the same journey.​

    • If an exercise is uncomfortable or painful:

      • Correct exercise performance ​

      • Reduce difficulty level (see exercise page)

      • Reduce movement range (see exercise page)

      • Reduce star level of sequence training.

      • Use clinical techniques to 'clear' the movement:

        • Manual therapy (For example, Mulligan techniques).​

        • Pain relieving modalities.

      • If unsuccessful in reducing pain and discomfort, skip exercise and try again next time.​

    • If the tested sequence was challenging and suitable:

      • Ask client to remember the corrections and practice the short video daily at home with the same video clip.​

      • Explain the significance of pain-free training for 'a few minutes a day' to the quality and speed of recovery, and that self-responsibility is the essence of the method.​

 

 

Subsequent Visits​​​​​​

  • At a StarBarre Harmony rehab studio or via online video chat:

    • 1 hour Sessions.

    • Max 6 clients/Clinical Harmony Master.

  • Evaluate current condition with respect to initial complaints, findings and goals.

  • ​Inquire about home training compliance:

    • Did you exercise the short video daily?

    • How was it? (easy, challenging or difficult)

    • Was there a difficult or painful exercise?

  • If the home sequence was difficult or multiple exercises painfull:​

    • Regress to the previous star level (of same journey) and perform the long video of the new sequence during the session. Correct performance and address movement issues.

    • Continue daily practice at home with short video of new level.​

  • If the home sequence was easy and pain free:​

    • Progress to the next star level (of same journey) and perform the long video of the new sequence. Correct performance and address movement issues.

    • Continue daily practice at home with short video of new level.

  • If the home sequence was challenging:​

    • Perform the long video clip of the same sequence during the session. Correct performance and address movement issues.

    • Continue daily practice at home with short video of same level.​​

 

 

End of Rehabilitation Process 

  • According to the goals set in the initial visit.

  • General indication for ending the rehabilitaion process: Once the 3 stars series of the clients’ relevant journey is mastered, i.e., pain free and performed easily on a daily basis.

    • This is because the 3 stars exercises (in all journeys) represent normal functional movements, which are expected from people who are generally healthy.

  • In some cases of lower prognosis, reaching a level in which the 1 star sequence can be performed daily without pain might also be considered a successful rehabilitation process provided the original complaints have been sufficiently addressed, and the short video is practiced daily.

  • Once the sequence is performed daily in a harmonious manner, together with regular aerobic activity like walking, running, or playing fun sport games, the client gains a powerful prevention tool as well as a pre-tested way out in case of reoccurrence.

 

 

Post Rehab Options

  • Continue practicing the final rehab sequence daily at home

    • This will strengthen and lengthen the rehab benefits and work to prevent recurrences.

    • In the case of recurrence, the knowledge and prior practice of the exercises will minimize the recurrence and benefit recovery.

  • Continue Harmony training for lifestyle

    • Gradually, progress your star level in the holistic (yellow) journey (4-10 Stars)​.

    • Continue training daily and leading a healthy active lifestyle