Sarga Bodywork will absolutely get easier with practice, however learning this modality can be quite rigorous at first and excellent physical conditioning (particularly isometric strength), is a must to gain the most from a Sarga Bodywork course. Yoga, Pilates, dance, martial arts, or any full-bodied practice that encourages both strength and flexibility will help to condition you for practicing Sarga Bodywork.
Sarga Bodywork does not have specific weight restrictions for students who attend Sarga Bodywork courses. We recognize that a person’s weight is not necessarily indicative of fitness level, however we reserve the right to deny applicants of our in-person courses based on our evaluation and will inquire further with applicants who are more than 175 pounds in weight and/or more than 6 feet in height. This is especially important for Sarga Bodywork practices on raised massage tables. For more information on practitioner weight and safety considerations, please review our “Safety Considerations for Sarga Bodywork on Raised Massage Tables".
Here are four basic fitness measurements that can help to gauge your ability to learn and perform Sarga Bodywork with success:
1. The ability to balance on one foot for at least 1 minute without holding onto anything for support.
2. Excellent cardiovascular conditioning and the ability to jog for 10-15 minutes without stopping.
3. The ability to perform at least 3 sets of 20 squats.
4. The ability to isometrically hold a plank for at least 1 minute.
If you do not feel confident that you could meet these four requirements, but would still like to attend a Sarga Bodywork course, then our online floor-based courses would be a better place to start. While basic strength and conditioning is still important here, a floor-based practice provides practitioners a much wider and more stable working area, and fitness level is less of a consideration.