1. Overall evaluation of general health condition, conclusions and recommendations.
a/ examination by a general practitioner, general evaluation of health condition, including the respiratory system, bones, evaluation of the physical condition and mobility /as well as disabilities and their causes/. Those who suffer from pain in the chest, coronary artery disease, congestive cardiac failure, dizziness, sharp changes in the blood pressure are excluded from participation in the programme;
b/ description of body structure: weight, fat tissue, dimensions, posture;
c/ mobility test: the goal is to accomplish the most clear and versatile picture of the potential and needs of each participant /initial evaluation/. Subsequently, the general practitioner selects proper modes and measures for performance of the tailored set of physical exercises. Later, this will allow for the evaluation of progress that has been made in the area of physical fitness, strength and condition of the participant, along with the evaluation of correct posture after the end of the set of exercises /final evaluation/.
2. Psychologist: a psychological interview/test
Carried out upon the participant’s consent in order to determine the recommendations: at the request of the participant with respect to the control of emotions, resistance to stress, anxiety disorders, depression and adaptation, improvement of family and professional relations, eliminating the feeling of sadness and loneliness. Use of medications and psychiatric techniques is excluded.
Types of classes: relaxation, psychological workshops, charging with positive energy.
3. Nutrition-related interview
Type, frequency and mode of food consumption, diet, contraindications, etc.
4. End report following a series of classes
Comparison of the results of the repeated test, examination and interviews with the previously received results to confirm overall improvement of mental and physical health and recommendations for further conduct.
Forms of performance
1: full time classes (10 or 14 days) in selected facilities.
2: setting up a network of points that provide services in the area of application of the Vvik III method, operated by authorised entities on own behalf and for their own account, in line with the granted consent and strictly adhering to the described methods and recommendations, against an agreed remuneration for the authorised entity.
3: information and training meetings to promote the new quality of life.
4: eventually, own service and training centre at Parnas in Pieskowa Skała, which would function as a centre for the Vvik III method.
Selection of proper criteria to evaluate body condition and physical fitness as well as their significance, is a disputable issue in science. Hence, assessment of results procured from them is an opportunity for various interpretations. These issues are the subject matter of clinical studies.
In this method, it is of great importance to convince the largest groups of the society about the possibilities and purposefulness of accomplishing satisfactory and visible effects in the body posture and psycho-physical condition within a short period of time. However, the accomplishment of satisfactory results is always conditioned by systematic performance of exercises and adherence to the recommendations applied in the method.
Programmes with a similar message, yet limited only to the physical activity of elderly people, have already been designed in other European countries as part of support for the physical activity of elderly people, as for example, a programme called “Fittest 50+” which was conducted by the German Olympic Sports Association. The situation is similar in France and the Scandinavian countries. In Poland, there are also several valuable programmes, e.g. “Physical Recreation Programme for the Elderly” prepared by Professor E. Kozdroń. Professor Kozdroń also supervises the operation of “ESPAR 50+” (European 50+ Physical Activity Promotion Association). The competition entitled “Postaw serce na nogi” [“Put the Heart on Its Feet”] was another good initiative conducted in Poland.
The materials collected in the course of implementation of the Vvik III method in form of documentation of the participants are archived for the purpose of further use, upon the participants’ consent. These materials allow for independent continuation of the method, based on the received recommendations and possibility of ongoing electronic consultations with those who supervise the exercises. They will also provide research material for further scientific studies aimed at improving the method and the participants’ health condition.