at White Oak
Our power-assisted exercise equipment, manufactured by Shapemaster, is suitable for people living with limited mobility, the elderly and for those managing long-term conditions including multiple sclerosis, stroke, fibromyalgia, diabetes and arthritis.
Unlike conventional exercise equipment, the machines do not rely exclusively on muscle power but by an electronic power system enabling users to work passively or actively, depending on their ability.
Shapemaster equipment provides safe exercise to all the major muscle groups and helps to re-train muscle patterns, whilst at the same time stimulating the muscles for improved circulation.Join now!
Who uses it?
Shapemaster equipment can be used by almost anyone regardless of age or level of mobility. There is also a large growing number of individuals using the equipment to manage long-term conditions such as:
- Balance and co-ordination problems
- Post-operative rehabilitation eg hip and knee replacements
- Orthopaedic conditions, eg Scoliosis
- Cardiac conditions
- Respiratory conditions eg asthma, COPD
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain injury
- Cerebral Palsy, MS and other neurological disorders
“I swim five days a week and go to the Feel Good Suite. The place is great, the staff so encouraging and the members happy to motivate each other. The machines are perfect for anyone with limited body movement and who doesn’t like the idea of a gym. As a result, I am stronger, my mobility has improved and, yes, the place really does make you feel good.” Joan Masters
- Improved cardiovascular fitness
- Increased muscle strength
- Increased flexibility
- Increased circulation
- Reduction in mental health problems such as depression, stress and anxiety
- Weight loss
- Improved balance and coordination
- Stimulated metabolic process
- Improved bladder and bowel function
- Feeling of wellbeing
- Social interaction
- Improved independence
An independent study conducted by Oklahoma State University on the use of Shapemaster equipment by elderly participants (whose average age was 75) reported:
- 30% improved balance & mobility
- 50% increase in upper body strength
- 34% improvement in leg strength
- 33% increase in arm strength
In addition, a study carried out by the physiotherapy team at Sheffield Hallam University demonstrated that Shapemaster power assisted exercise equipment was an accessible and enjoyable option for those living with long term neurological conditions, reporting such benefits as a decrease in stiffness, increased leg strength, improvement to balance and symmetry, as well as emotional wellbeing . Furthermore, some participants reported improvement in their respiratory and visceral function.
Feel Good sessions are 45 minutes long, with 15 minutes for deep cleaning between sessions.
Book your session online or at reception
Feel Good membership includes free swimming as well as use of the suite, plus friendly support from our staff and optional social events such as trips away. Take a look at the membership page to find out more!Feel Good membership
My mobility has improved and the place really does make you feel good
I swim five days a week and go to the Feel Good Suite. The place is great, the staff so encouraging and the members happy to motivate each other. The machines are perfect for anyone with limited body movement and who doesn’t like the idea of a gym. As a result, I am stronger, my mobility has improved and, yes, the place really does make you feel goodJoan Masters
I think it’s one of the most inclusive places I have been to.
All the soft play staff are very lovely to my younger daughter who has severe autism and go out of their way to be kind to her and my older daughter when they come to play. It makes things a lot easier for me and they show a genuine interest in both of them. I think it’s one of the most inclusive places I have been to.Jill Shearer
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