Chicago Bears' Matt Forte has RMx/React Physical Therapy founder David Reavy to thank for his success on the field.
Next week, React Physical Therapy founder David Reavy introduces RMx, a unique twist on the group fitness experience. Rather than requiring over-the-top exertion, the new class focuses on movements with a foundation in physical therapy, designed to address both the pain and the symptoms—and therefore, the causes—of injury.
The 60-minute session is based on the founder’s eponymous Reavy Method, which was recently recognized as a continuing education course by the Illinois Physical Therapy Association. The core of the method is simple: balance, in this case achieved though alternating muscle release, muscle activation, and stretching. “Every day, I see people hurt because they push themselves to the limit with exercises their bodies just aren't ready to do,” Reavy says. “My method of physical therapy teaches us that there is a distinct order to addressing the body. To avoid injury and maximize workouts, you need to first correct imbalances, and then get to work strengthening. This is exactly what RMx offers.”
We’re taking Reavy’s word for it: as a physical therapist, he has worked with professional athletes in Chicago and beyond, including Bears running back Matt Forte and defensive end Corey Wootton, Bulls center Joakim Noah, and Chicago native Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat. Classes begin October 21 at React’s West Loop location by reservation only as space is limited to five-six people per class; $175 for two sessions per week, $250 for three sessions per week. 225 S. Sangamon St., West Loop, 312-243-9350
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