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Dynamic Imagery May Improve Results

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on May 23, 2013

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Pilates instructors who emphasize good form and movement quality through use of “dynamic imagery” cues have more evidence to share with clients about the effectiveness of this cuing style.

High jumpers who used imagery depicting perfect form while performing an actual jump improved their movement quality in a small study. This preliminary evidence provides support for the theory that dynamic imagery—the use of imagery while a movement is being executed—may be a valuable addition to training for complex motor skills.

Researchers from the University of Lyon in Lyon, France, conducted the study, which appeared in Behavioral and Brain Functions (2013; 9 [1], 8; doi: 10.1186/1744-9081-9-8).

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at