I’ll admit it: I know nothing about golf. I am not a golf coach, nor do I pretend to be one. My experience consists of a tipsy foray into the bushes (to find my ball) during a fundraising tournament in 1992, and after a recent golf lesson I was told I was a “natural.”
But that’s only because I know a few things about rotational dynamics, pushing and pulling, and range of motion. I’m a GYROTONIC® instructor, and I train people how to move their spines like a whip. We use a unique, non-motorized system of pulleys, knobs, straps, and handles that adjust for tension, height, and reach — for any age or ability.
Three-dimensional rotation and flexion
When was the last time you undulated your spine right from tailbone all the way up through to the cranium — in multiple directions and planes with power, grace, efficiency, and control? That is what sets Gyrotonic apart from other forms of movement (re)training. You retrain your spine to flex and extend, forward and backward, while it twists and as it coils and recoils in centrifugal and centripetal motion.
The push-pull sweet spot
Rotation is one thing, but add in coordinated, balanced deep pushing and pulling, and your hips and shoulders start to open up beautifully. Shoulders no longer feel fused to your upper body and can rock freely. Legs don’t feel jammed up into the hip sockets and you can stack vertebrae according to their innate intelligence. With Gyrotonic, you push and pull the front, back, and sides of the body in one fluid movement through the entire kinetic chain, much like you do in golf and tennis — or squash, basketball, or hockey for that matter.
Flexibility and range of motion
There is no such thing as static stretching in Gyrotonic. Antagonist and agonist muscles work together in unison in the more than 75 available movements on the machine. The very first move you’ll do — the arch and curl — counteracts rounded shoulders, immobile sternums, and tight hip flexors as you strategically distribute weight and tension throughout the body. And forget taking three to four holes or a set to warm up the spine. Do five minutes of the 22 non-machine based movements at the course or court-side to undulate the spine before a game and you’re ready to move like a leopard.
Command and control
With Gyrotonic, you’ll better meet your golf instructor’s requests to stop collapsing through the pelvic-lumbar and thoracic-cervical junctions. You’ll stop over-extending in an admirable effort to find power in momentum and instead cultivate it with precision-applied expansion and contraction — like the crack of a whip. And I’ll bet you’ll add yards to your drives and lower your scores in no time, too!
Submitted by Kirsten Loop, Owner/Operator of The Unravelled Self
Kirsten Loop of The Unravelled Self is the only Gyrotonic instructor certified, licensed, and equipped to teach in southwestern Ontario. She offers a three-session Intro Pack for those who’d like to try some 1:1 machine sessions. She also teaches non-machine based Gyrotonic chair/floor workshop and classes around town. Golf pros, tennis coaches, and dance instructors are welcomed to book a 20-minute demo to see what it’s all about. (She’s also looking for a temporary home for her second machine!) Reach her at email@example.com, 519-497-1258, www.unravelledself.com.