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Body technique is a new kinesiological activity that has been attracting more and more attention in the field of sports, recreation and rehabilitation in the last decade.

If you strive for a beautifully formed, functional and healthy body, and you do not have time - Body technique is the optimal choice for your recreation because in a short time you will effectively work on all components of health fitness. The body technique adapts to all characteristics and conditions of men, women and children, adolescents, pregnant women, nursing mothers, adults and the disabled.
Body technique is a registered and protected method of exercise at the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Croatia. It is practiced in Croatia, Slovenia, Great Britain, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.

Ana-Marija Jagodić Rukavina

Fifteen years ago, body technique was innovated by Ana-Marija Jagodić Rukavina, Master of Kinesiology, working with a client who, as the manager of a large private company, lived a fast-paced life and experienced stress on a daily basis. The results of her work and the quality of the Body technique are evidenced by the fact that this technique has been taught at the Faculty of Kinesiology in Zagreb for years with professional, scientific, diploma and master's theses. All Body Techniques exercises are therapeutic, and their source is in several well-known exercise techniques (classical Pilates, gymnastics, dance, yoga), but again they are completely different from everything seen so far. The professional background of the technique is confirmed by numerous researches and the master's thesis of the innovator of the technique, master Ana-Marija Jagodić Rukavina.

The main features of the Body technique

It is a technique that is constantly evolving and exploring new possibilities of exercise, and the basic differences are:

Individual programs

Individual programs of Body technique are specific in several categories: Engagement and assistance of instructors, special cyclic warm-up (body spinning or body tracking) with awareness of deep movements and a recognisable equally important end of the class with manipulations and relaxation. That is why our classes are significantly different from other sports trainings and allow the practitioner to practice new exercises, challenges and learning every hour. With the prior reservation of an appointment, the individual lesson includes work on specially designed devices and aids for various, multifunctional and maximum safe exercise. Individual trainings lasting 60 minutes are recommended for absolutely all age groups because the goals and tasks are programmed every hour depending on your wishes, psychophysical health condition, age and condition. With an individual program, we adapt to your current capabilities and needs and teach you proper breathing, posture and use of deep muscles that you did not care about before, and are extremely important for your psychophysical health, vitality and beauty. In our trainings you will encounter demanding exercises from the feet to the neck and you will learn to activate the deep muscles responsible for the health of your organs and hormones.

There are three basic individual approaches to Body Technique are tailored to your health and needs:
1. Individual program of therapeutic character

(for sore backs, poor posture and joint injuries, or targeted ailments such as the pelvic floor, etc.)

It begins with the initial holistic check-up with Master Jagodić Rukavina. If necessary, testing of the muscle imbalance of the painful joint on a Biodex isokinetic machine follows, followed by two to three individual treatments per week together with a body instructor. The results are visible after 2 to 4 arrivals.

2. Energy Body Technique

(to balance the neurological system, emotional state, and hormones)

This is a slightly different individual hour of work for yourself. Here the movement is not given but is guided by an inner feeling. If you want to work on yourself deeper than the physical, you are drawn by some inner need, a voice for a new beginning or you have already undergone meditation or psychotherapy, it may be time for an energetic Body technique. It is an integrated approach to the energy and physical part of your being. In this class, become aware of your original potential, the difference between your masculine and feminine energy, the communication between emotions and mind. And all this without too much analysis of past events, trauma, etc ... We are working on the connection and flow of the energy body with the physical body. Exercise in standing and sitting position with comfortable clothes and socks on the feet. All difficulties and dissatisfactions start from disunity.
After emotional crises, difficult life situations, the most important thing is to give the body a mild but deeply stimulating stimulus to wake up and start anew. This way of working (some call it “psychotherapy and movement meditation”) is then needed by everyone regardless of age. The best results can be expected by combining individual hours of energy Body Technique and coming to training and BHS workshops after only two to three months. For long-term results, we encourage a change in environmental relationships, sleep, diet, and a change in some daily habits that become unnecessary for you according to your new energy state.

3. Individual program of recreational-sports character

(for fitness and optimal functionality and top sports form)

With an individual approach, we can optimally adapt to your needs for lifting fitness, reducing fat deposits, but also the characteristics of your chosen sport. If you are an active athlete, one to two individual visits per week to the PBS Centre are sufficient. In case you do not have a targeted sport, and you want to regain your former condition or lose weight, three visits a week will return you to top sports form in two to three months and your body will take on a new shape, tone, and vitality.

Group programs

PBS represents 45-minute continuous workouts in small homogeneous groups of up to 8 members.
Every hour, the props which you use are changed, which satisfies the principle of diversity and fun during exercise. In group classes, you can find well-known props used in sports, rehabilitation, or recreation, but you will also come across completely unexpected props such as body bell, stools, gravity pendulum, bungee rubber, etc.
It is recommended to anyone who has previously had experience with Body technique, Pilates, Yoga, Aerobics, Dance, or any other activities without complaining of painful conditions or illnesses. People who have not yet encountered the Body technique, and have a desire to exercise in a group, should go through an individual lesson to learn the basics of proper body movement according to the principles of the Body technique.

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What do our clients say?

Višnja Opačić
My son will be celebrating his 17th birthday soon, and I started exercising with Ana while he was still in my stomach! I was Ana's first client - pregnant… and here… I still keep coming to PBS…. What determination, huh? Sometimes I don’t even believe how persistent I am.
Vanja Varda
14 years of recreation, rehabilitation, and even pure resuscitation, depending on the state of mind and body. Individual workouts at PBS help me feel better. We "breathed" together a lot of life situations. We ran and jumped when we were well, sang, laughed, and hung out. I met a lot of dear people, positive as well as PBS, which I am so happy to come to... Navel on the spine... Put your shoulders down... Breathe..!
Simonida Veber
"Already the first arrival at PBS triggered a chain reaction - physical, chemical, and emotional. It was an attraction that grew into the need and, ultimately - love. The energy I get here is irreplaceable. For 13 years."
Rina Debak
I entrusted the care of my body and health to Ana-Maria 22 years ago, and I have been faithfully practicing at PBS since the centre was founded. Initially, I practiced in group terms, but over time we focused my training on an individual level in which gradually, with a coach who recognizes my abilities and needs, we achieve the desired results. The years I have spent with Ana-Maria and her team are proof enough of how satisfied I am with the approach and the work.
Ivana Franić
Before I started training the Body technique, I went through various types of exercise. I found myself in an individual approach to Body technique that combines different types of exercises and props so that each workout is different, and I can choose for myself what I want to do. What is most important to me are the therapeutic exercises with regard to the back problem, and professional and qualified trainers adapt the exercises to everyone, according to their abilities and needs.
Tomislav Škrtić i Pero Raos
At the PBS Centre through sweat and a few tears (mostly from laughter, because the atmosphere is always cheerful), at least for a while we forget about everyday obligations and dedicate ourselves.
Slavenka Martinović
"Body technique is my technique, a technique for me. And in all my life stages and states. When I have excess energy or lack of energy, my dear trainers recognise it and adapt to training, and after training, I am full of good energy, goodwill, and fulfilled… Body technique has been my choice for over 12 years. ”
Ivana Leventić
I experience the Body technique as a recreation of body and soul. The workouts are different every time so I am always surprised by some new exercise for the same muscle group. I rejoice when I realize how much we have progressed and how much we can do, although I still have to visualize the movement before each more demanding exercise to be able to perform it. I would recommend the Body technique to everyone: top athletes, recreational athletes, and especially those who need rehabilitation.
Mateja Lay
I found out about PBS through a recommendation, after trying various exercises and therapies for a cervical spine injury. At PBS they pointed out to me the importance of moving from the beginning, I became aware of breathing and how much I could make it easier for myself, I started to pay attention to posture and walking in and out of the Center, on the tram, at work, and at home. Although my neck and back are the most problematic, we work systematically and thoroughly on the whole body, and with excellent and professional trainers and a relaxed atmosphere, everything is much easier and more fun.

Special programs

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Integrated approach to the pelvic floor

A program focused on pelvic floor muscle activation and function. It helps with various problems of uterine prolapse, incontinence, and a feeling of weakness of the front or backline of the pelvic diaphragm. The exercises we do belong to the philosophy of Body Technique and are an upgrade to Kegel's isolated exercises that very often the participants do not perform properly, so they can do more harm than good. We integrate the muscles of the feet, legs, buttocks, and back in the process of awareness and recovery of this sensitive area with the inevitable control of proper breathing. In addition, we release any compression to the pudendal nerve and generally increase blood flow and motility of the lumbopelvic region. This approach has proven to be equally effective for the male and female populations and the most prominent results are observed in the increased quality of intimate and social life.

Pregnant women

A program aimed at educating and practically raising awareness of pregnant women. Work on conscious and proper breathing depending on the stage of pregnancy, but also the position of the abdomen, which greatly affect the biomechanics of the diaphragm and the connective tension in the body of the pregnant woman. Work aimed at strengthening and properly relaxing the pelvic floor muscles, raising and maintaining fitness with postural correction and stimulation of lymphatic circulation. In addition to the exercise segment, we pay great attention to the education of pregnant women, the changes that their body goes through in each trimester, helping them to adequately prepare them for childbirth (physical, mental and emotional), but also the postpartum period. With the Body technique, we follow every pregnant woman in a complete, natural and holistic way, from a happy pregnancy to happy motherhood in which pregnant women and future mothers are positive, cheerful, present, and aware in their body, mind, and spirit!

PBS Junior

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We have created a small academy of active living in just 1 to 3 visits per week which are intended for children and young people aged 6 to 16 years. We want to shift children’s focus from a stressful, fast-paced, virtual, and static life to themselves and offer them solutions on how to become healthier and safer members of society.

In a program that is conducted individually or in small groups (3 to 5), all basic motor skills are treated, often insufficiently developed through play and in school, and they are extremely important for success in sports. In addition, the program includes the basics of education in healthy eating, the anatomy of the locomotor system, physiological processes in the development of the child's body, and psychological topics dealing with awareness, self-confidence, motivation, nonverbal communication, emotions, and positive attitude of young people towards life.

Our mission is to build a quality foundation of psychophysical knowledge, skills, and abilities of children and young people and to educate and encourage them to live an active life and a positive attitude about their own body.

We have created a small academy of active living in just 1 to 3 visits per week which are intended for children and young people aged 6 to 16 years. We want to shift children’s focus from a stressful, fast-paced, virtual, and static life to themselves and offer them solutions on how to become healthier and safer members of society.

In a program that is conducted individually or in small groups (3 to 5), all basic motor skills are treated, often insufficiently developed through play and in school, and they are extremely important for success in sports. In addition, the program includes the basics of education in healthy eating, the anatomy of the locomotor system, physiological processes in the development of the child's body, and psychological topics dealing with awareness, self-confidence, motivation, nonverbal communication, emotions, and positive attitude of young people towards life.

Our mission is to build a quality foundation of psychophysical knowledge, skills, and abilities of children and young people and to educate and encourage them to live an active life and a positive attitude about their own body.

What do our clients say?

Hana Čavlina
I initially came to PBS at the urging of my parents, two years ago, because I had problems with: lowered feet, crooked spine (and thus back and neck pain), and breathing. I soon realized that going to training is not an obligation to do to get rid of it so that I can go home, but in a way - relaxation and, in fact, rest after a long day of sitting and stress.
Markus
Well, honestly, the workouts are great, I feel much more comfortable after a workout like this than something else, I see a lot of changes in myself that I like, I can stretch like I never could in my life, and it's interesting because I've never tried this technique, and it’s great because a lot can be done in an hour, which I especially like. I would recommend training in PBS to everyone.
David Beck
Already at the first training in the summer camp of PBS on Hvar, I felt what creative and not at all easy exercises are being carried out. They are difficult because they require mental and physical strength. I went through various correctional exercises and relaxations in other centers because 2 years ago, doing athletics, I started having knee problems, but in PBS, training with Krešo, every arrival is a new experience and we do exercises I have never seen in my life. To put it all nicely in one sentence: “I don’t see a single reason why someone wouldn’t go to PBS”.
Branimir Koprivnjak
student
I have been training at PBS for 7 years because I need stretching. Now I can touch my feet with my legs outstretched, which has been an impossible mission for me so far. Progress is visible. At first, it was stressful for me because I went to training at the urging of my parents, and today I am happy to go because I realize that it is useful for me. I would recommend the Body technique to all stunted "gamers", especially my dad who is non-stop in front of the computer.

Hormonal Body Technique

Our hormones change throughout life. Thanks to them, the body is renewed. The entire endocrine system is therefore our main regulatory system that promotes cell division, growth and differentiation. It consists of glands in which hormones are synthesised under the influence of internal and external information. By moving a specific target region of the body, we improve circulation. When breathing, movement and touch are directed to one gland than its function is affected and that is the secretion of a specific hormone. We have created a very simple protocol of Body Technique exercises which we have shown in a pilot study to help balance the hormonal system as a whole.

Lymphatic therapy

Lymph is our cleanser of the body. Its stagnation means stagnation of vital energy and also a disease. Its stimulation in our country is done through exercises for the feet and lower legs, through diaphragmatic breathing, and through special energy massage stimulants with which we encourage and open the lymphatic system to move independently and clean the body.

Body Healing Story

Body Healing Story is a group method that combines the healing properties of music (528 Hz), movement, and thought for the purpose of bringing the body into natural balance. In group work, great learning and sharing are achieved, thus encouraging the natural intelligence of one's own body that can self-heal, renew, and uplift. We need a group for support, for a mirror, and for the strength of the changes that lie ahead. The moment we bring our body and our mind into harmony, we are ready for a change of perception, a new outlook on life, healing, and a higher level of consciousness. Follow our work, pieces of training, and workshops on Body Healing Story's Facebook.

What do our clients say?

Željka Anzulović
I experienced Body technique on Hvar, at the summer PBS camp in Jelsa, where I came by recommendation. Due to lymph problems, I tried various massages earlier, but they did not have a significant effect. In PBS, I saw great progress already after a couple of visits to treatments combined with massage, exercise, and energy approach. I am very happy with the people who work at PBS and I will keep coming since I feel much better.
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Do you want a healthy and functional spine?

Maintain it with the Body technique!

You are dissatisfied with your results, you are often injured, you cannot cope with the growing demands of sports. Maybe you’re doing something wrong and not aware? Or you just can’t recover well after a workout. You can find all the answers to the questions in our PBS centre. We recommend a complete body examination with state-of-the-art Biodex diagnostics.

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