7 Reasons to Love Gyrotonic

7 Reasons to Love Gyrotonic

Imagine how great it would be if you were to do GYROTONIC® exercise for a few sessions and with in that short period, …and within a few weeks you would understand the power of Gyrotonic exercise – and how it can help you get back the active and healthy lifestyle that you’ve lost, or are in danger of losing…

 

The Gyrotonic System can transform how your body moves and how you feel in your body from day one.  GYROTONIC® Training is Apparatus based sessions that utilize a unique pulley tower system that offers supportive resistance to the body in all ranges of motion. Other specialized equipment like the Jumping Stretching Board, Leg Extension Unit and the Ladder, offer a variety of exercises for developing strength, flexibility, balance and coordination through fluid movement.

At C.A.R.E. Bodyworks & Gyrotonic Fit, we offer Gyrotonic-Based Rehabilitation with a Licensed Neuromuscular Therapist or Somatic Movement Therapist and Gyrotonic Fitness training in private, duet or small group equipment classes, as well as group Gyrokinesis Classes with our Resident Master Trainer, Dawn Strom, or a Certified Gyrotonic Instructor.

Gyrotonic exercise is a three dimensional, ‘Functional’ method of exercise. In our daily lives, we all bend, twist, reach, extend, lose our balance and catch ourselves from falling on a daily basis. These are movements that help us to function in our daily lives. But often times our daily habits compromise and limit our movement and these functional patterns start to become compromised. Gyrotonic training can help you to counteract the everyday stresses and poor movement patterns that keep you from feeling strong and healthy in your body.

Gyrotonic exercise teaches you to build a stronger and more efficient body as a whole, rather than isolating individual muscles. Gyrotonic exercise first works on building a strong spine and then uses the core’s strength to help balance out the rest of the body in a way to improve the stability and agility of the body’s functional, daily performance. In Gyrotonic exercise the aim is to lengthen tight muscles, strengthen weak muscles, align the spine, and bring the body into a better and more harmonious balance.  It establishes equilibrium to keep the body moving and performing at its best.

So here are the 7 reasons why a gyrotonic practice will help get moving and stay moving for a lifetime! 

1.It is a  huge stress reliever-

The Gyrotonic method has grown in popularity in the United States for a number of reasons. You feel – and see – results quickly, which provides great motivation to keep coming. The classes can be intense – but it’s a full body workout. Not only can you feel the exercises working, but you feel great afterwards – an endorphin Buzz!  It’s also time-efficient – you can be in, worked out, and out of the studio in just over an hour. Last, but not least, it’s a great stress-buster. Whether first thing in the morning or after a long day at work, Gyrotonic exercise provides a great escape where the focus is on breathing and movement. The combination of breathing properly, while carrying out the exercises, along with stretching, helps to relieve stress and tightness in the body.

2-It’s Exercise without the Fuss-

Sometimes the thought of going to the gym is dreadful and then you keep putting it off. Gyrotonic exercise lets you tailor your workouts and even complete sessions at home. The ideal way to keep up with your training is to have a Certified Gyrotonic In-structor design a series of exercises for you to complete between your sessions in the studio.They will also plan a review session every so often to make sure your technique is still sound and you are getting the most out of your training. So, you might be stretching, but you could be doing more damage than good. Checking whether you’re performing the moves correctly will ensure your results.

3- Improved Posture-

Often times repetitive patterns of inefficient posture and alignment keep your body out of balance and can cause areas of stress and tension in the body. Gyrotonic exercise start by strengthening your spinal alignment and helping you develop your postural muscles. Then, you work your body in symmetrical and balanced movement exercises so it can naturally help you to relieve chronic patterns of tension and strain caused by poor movement and postural habits. If you are in need of assessment and treatment of a particular issue, our neuromuscular care therapist can do an assessment and offer structural balancing work to help augment your gyrotonic training.

4- Less Back Pain-

Most back pain results from faulty posture and a sedentary lifestyle. Gyrotonic exercise addresses the muscle imbalances that typically contribute to back pain, namely weak abdominals and buttock muscles. Gyrotonic exercise also stretches out the tight and overworked back muscles. Proper alignment is the main factor that helps to alleviate back pain. If you do Gyrotonic exercise carefully, you’ll understand how to use your body in ways that protect your back from injury. Gyrotonic exercise was initially developed as a rehabilitative tool by Juliu Horvath, a professional dancer that injured his back and leg. He believes that by having awareness of breath and of alignment of the spine, one can strengthen the body, and recover from injury.

5- You will increase your strength and flexibility-

Every Gyrotonic exercise focuses on using your deepest abdominal and spinal muscles to power movement in your limbs, literally moving from the core. Whatever activity you do, you’ll find that Gyrotonic exercises improve strength in meaningful ways and can help with the overall health of your spine. Doing Pilates can help prevent injuries, too! Any exercise regimen should increase your body’s overall strength, or else what’s the point? But Gyrotonic exercise strengthens the muscles in your body that you may actually notice on a day-to-day basis. Gyrotonic exercise is meant to improve your daily life: It can help you get up from bed, if that’s hard for you, or it can help you get stronger for playing sports.Gyrotonic exercises stretch the muscles and the joints while they strengthen the body. If you have found that your spine has lost some of its range of motion and flexibility, Gyrotonic exercise very quickly addresses this problem.  Everyone has physical limitations that depend on age, genetics and lifestyle. Gyrotonic exercise is not a magic pill, but with a regular Gyrotonic exercise program, your body can reach its potential in the areas of flexibility and strength.

6- Improved Athletic Performance

Improved Athletic Performance- Do you feel stiff or sore from doing your favorite athletic activities like golf or tennis? Gyrotonic movement can help you loosen up your stiff joints and cross train for your favorite activities. Gyrotonic is three dimensional and can help you correct imbalances that come from your golf or tennis game and . Do you want to improve your hip and shoulder turn, create more power in your swing and learn exercises that can help to prevent sports related injury and back pain? Then the Gyrotonic program applied to Golf or Tennis program is for you. They are taught by Gyrotonic Fit’s neuromuscular care therapist and corrective exercise specialist who can teach both programs as well as offer movement assessments and neuromuscular therapy for specific pain patterns.

7-Live More Consciously-

Gyrotonic exercise forces you to pay attention—you’ve got to focus on your breath while working through each movement and concentrating on proper Form.Gyrotonic exercise will help you to tune in to your body in order to activate the muscles. You need to listen to the instructions carefully in order to be safe, and you need to pay attention to the feedback you are getting from the equipment. You cannot think about your grocery list, tomorrow’s board meeting or what you are eating for dinner. After a Gyrotonic session, you’ll feel refreshed and relaxed.

In summary, Gyrotonic exercise can help you and make a difference in your life. I could go further in-depth on exercises, classes and our programs, but all I ask you to do now is take a moment and think about what your next step will be.

So, here is my challenge to you…now that you have this information in hand, take the time every day to do Gyrotonic exercise. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by how much better and healthier you will feel in doing so. The benefits I’ve shared with you here will make a huge difference to the quality of your life.

How to get started and see if Gyrotonic exercise is a good fit for you…

So now you know a little more about how Gyrotonic movement can help you de-stress and stay active and help you reach your goals for lifelong movement, injury prevention, sports cross-training and overall well-being. But the most important factor is how you FEEL after a Gyrotonic Session! So if you are interested in learning more about how Gyrotonic movement can help you to de-stress and stay active, schedule a FREE Discovery Session to get started. We will meet with you in the studio or on the phone to discuss your needs and goals and see if one of our programs could be a good fit for you.

To apply for a Discovery Session click HERE

And download your copy of this FREE Guide below and let me know if you have any questions!

Take Care,

MLS, Holistic Coach, Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Specialized Master Trainer

Gyrotonic As Meditation

Gyrotonic As Meditation

Hey everyone, it’s Dawn Strom from C.A.R.E. Bodyworks and today I want to talk a little bit about Gyrotonic as a form of meditation. In the last video, I talked about two different techniques that we use in our movement therapy practice to help you connect to your body: the body scan and the breathing exercise. Today, I want to talk about how Gyrotonic can be a form of meditation as well.

If you think about meditation as a practice of focusing on something specific and singular, like your breath or your sensations or a particular mantra, you can think about Gyrotonic movement as focusing on a holistic perception of your body.

I’ve heard people say in their Gyrotonic sessions that there are so many things to focus on. “I’ve got to put my arm here and do this  with my spine and something different with my head and I don’t know what to focus on” is a sentiment I hear often when clients first try Gyrotonic. However, the real opportunity and beautify within Gyrotonic is that instead of focusing on the minutia of what is going on in any one part of your body, you are actually developing a holistic perspective of how your body is moving in space. You’ll notice in your practice and in videos of Gyrotonic movement that it’s a fluid, whole-body movement. One of the key things we work with is helping our clients discover the imperfect perfect movement. The movement won’t always be perfect, but the idea is to develop a holistic sense of how your body is moving so  you start to feel your body moving as a whole in space and you feel yourself move as a whole. You’ll start to feel the way that your body moves best and with ease and, like pottery on a wheel, you can start to mold it and shape it through your awareness.

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The big picture is that you really want to get a feeling of your body as a whole and yourself as whole moving through space and in your life. This is how you want to show up in your movement practice and exercise practice on a daily basis. In that sense, Gyrotonic can really be a form of moving meditation if you can drop into it and allow your awareness to develop of this singular, holisitc focus: the sense of your whole body moving in space, and sense the rhythm of your breath moving your body in a simple and fluid way.

In that sense, Gyrotonic practice can really help you to drop you’re your body. It can help you to establish that singular, holistic focus. It can also just give you the opportunity to move your energy, let your emotions move, clear you mind and all of the other positive benefits of a meditation practice.

So the next time you are moving through your Gyrotonic Practice, let yourself drop into it as a kind of meditation and see how your experience shifts!

Take Care,

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Re-Balance After Injury Using The Gyrotonic Method

Re-Balance After Injury Using The Gyrotonic Method

The Gyrotonic Movement System is a holistic movement system that can serve a wide variety of need and goals.  One of the ways that I have used the system in my movement therapy practice is to help clients who are transitioning from working with a physical therapist on an acute condition to getting back to a movement program that helps them continue doing the activities that they love.

The Gyrotonic System is both gentle and supportive to the body on many levels. But one of the primary ways it can help you to get make to movement after injury is by developing a new mindset about how to listen to pain and ease in your body. The movement sequences are created to teach you how to deepen your awareness of how your body moves from the inside out, to be able to feel what movements cause pain, and what movements help your body to move comfortably in that moment. Moving your body from a felt experience and a sense of intention towards ease and comfort can help you to create a new level of trust with movement when you may have fear about moving again after injury.

The other way that the Gyrotonic Movement System can help you transition back to injury after movement is through the supportive environment of the equipment.  The Gyrotonic equipment is specially designed to support your body to access your full range of motion with support. The equipment provides resistance and support to your body to help you regain a sense of connection and support. It also provides an element of instability to help you re-train your nervous system to get back to full dynamic movement in your life. 

Watch the video below to see an example of how a Gyrotonic Movement Program can help you regain balance after injury.

And check out our free guide to the 7 Reasons to Love Gyrotonic!

Take care,

Dawn

 

The Movement Philosophy of Juliu Horvath (Creator of Gyrotonic)

The Movement Philosophy of Juliu Horvath (Creator of Gyrotonic)

The Gyrotonic Movement System is based in a holistic philosophy of movement that focuses on opening and connecting to your body, and deepening your awareness of energy, intention and flow in movement.

 

The videos below explore the Gyrotonic movement philosophy from the creator of Gyrotonic, Juliu Horvath

“The ultimate aim is to be at home in one’s body, to be one with the nature of oneself, and to experience exercise as a creative, delightful experience”- Juliu Horvath

What does Gyrotonic Movement look like?

What does Gyrotonic Movement look like?

Over the fifteen years that I have taught the Gyrotonic Method, the question I get most often is, “What is the Gyrotonic Method in a nutshell?”  There is, however, not one answer to this question because movement is an experience. In fact, movement is our first and primary medium of experience.  Trying to box it up and break it down into descriptions or goals may be useful for the moment but it does not produce an understanding. Because to truly understand a movement you need to do it.

 

Perhaps a more useful question would be, what makes the Gyrotonic Movement System unique? And to this I always answer that it teaches you to deeply experience your capacity for being in your body through movement. And by showing up and being with your body, you open to your potential for healing, insight, joy and really the experience of living at it’s fullest. 

Gyrotonic Movement is a tool and a path. And like any tool, the user is the guide.  And the best way to understand if the tool is what you need is to try it out! 

If you are ready to get started, schedule a consult and let’s move!

Take care,

Dawn