Don’t be turned off by the name.
(Yup, it’s a weird one.) This emerging workout — unlike anything you’ve ever done before — is quickly gaining traction worldwide, and The Unravelled Self has brought it here to Kitchener-Waterloo!
At first glance, it looks like yoga (it’s not) or Pilates (they’re cousins) or swimming (through air?) or tai chi (spirals, yes) — but GYROTONIC® stands alone. The primary goal is to retrain the spine to twist and undulate fully, in all directions, from cranium to sacrum. Secondary goals include recruiting full-body connection for optimum joint control and rotation of the limbs, and finding accessible strength in sport and daily life. Sit, stand, walk, reach, pivot, fall, bend, rotate, and react better and faster with greater ease and command throughout the kinetic chain.
“All [human] movements, even walking, involve spirals and curves. The GYROTONIC® method involves diversity of movement using a variety of planes and relationships with gravity and assistive or resistive forces.”
GYROTONIC® isn’t as much about the amount of “effort” you put in as it is about finding the subtlety in the technique that fine tunes performance in all walks of life. Andy Murray swears by it, Lady Gaga warms up with it, and NFL players are taking it up in droves. That said, GYROTONIC® is immediately available to everyone of any age, ability, shape, or size. Most of my clients have been software/product development managers who’ve found relief from lower back pain and shoulder immobility — and improved their running, golf, or hockey game in the process.
I have been a die-hard Pilates fan for years (and I’ve always liked yoga), but I was sold on GYROTONIC® within 10 minutes of a trial class. We sat on chairs and moved our spines and limbs in shockingly simple ways that produced far more rotational mobility than anything else I had ever done. I left that class with a nuanced control over my body right down through my fingertips. I was so hooked I spent the next two years in training to become the only certified, licensed, and equipped instructor in southwestern Ontario. I now offer non-machine based classes in and around KW (in addition to private machine sessions that deepen the work).
You don’t sweat or exhaust yourself with GYROTONIC® — it’s not that kind of workout. Participants report feeling rejuvenated, recharged, and ready to get on with the rest of their day!
Fall workshops are scheduled and open for online enrolment now! Join any one of the early-morning, lunchtime, or evening classes — or arrange your own in-office or in-home group workshop (and get your own spot for 50 percent off).
Currently, scheduled 5-week workshops are take place on:
Tuesdays: Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3 and 10 at Flowt K-W, North Waterloo, near David Johnston Tech Park. 12:10 to 12:55 p.m. (45 min) or 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
Thursdays: Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5 and 12 at K-W Pilates, Uptown Waterloo. 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. or 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
More GYROTONIC® workshops are likely to be scheduled, so be sure to “like” The Unravelled Self Facebook page for ongoing updates. If you have time or location requests or questions, please contact me, Kirsten Loop at 519-497-1258, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.unravelledself.com.
Submitted by Kirsten Loop, Owner/Operator of The Unravelled Self