Wimbledon champion Andy Murray swears by it, Tiger Woods rehabilitated a knee with it, Lady Gaga warms up with it, and professional dancers around the world train on it. It’s called Gyrotonic, and it’s the most incredible form of performance-enhancing exercise and rehabilitative movement you’ve never heard of. And, the only studio with a fully certified and licensed instructor in southwestern Ontario, has just opened up — right here in uptown Waterloo!
Designed by an injured professional dancer over a 25-year span, Gyrotonic gets the spine undulating again — three-dimensionally, in all directions. Every movement incorporates some sort of spiral motion, whether it’s through the entire length of the spine from cranium to sacrum, or through joints, such as hips and shoulders, that rely on efficient and controlled internal and external rotation.
The Pulley Tower, a non-motorized “machine” of straps, cables, pulleys, and knobs, supports and challenges your body so that you can reach into space to much greater degrees with more precision than you ever could without that support. Fully adjustable for all ages and abilities, the machine has you pulling and pushing to extend and master your range of motion under different conditions of tension, height, and reach. You can then strengthen your movement — your entire body’s ability to twirl, pivot, twist, scoop, prowl, shift, and follow though. You redevelop intricate command over your body; shock absorption improves; strength builds and suppleness returns.
Kirsten Loop of The Unravelled Self came to Gyrotonic with a broken body. After 20 years in software development and the chronic pain that comes sitting all day, she could no longer twist around to look behind her. At 45 years of age, she felt 85.
Kirsten explains, “Gyrotonic does something for my body that absolutely no other form of exercise has been able to. I’ve undone years of tension and restrictions in movement. My chiropractic bills and ibuprofen use have plummeted. I can do yoga again without throwing out a rib, I can full-body yawn in the morning without kinking my neck and I can assume proper form in the gym now. I’m even considering playing volleyball again for the first time since high school!”
Kirsten now provides full hands-on guidance and instruction in 1:1 machine sessions offers a three-session Intro Pack for those who want to see if they respond to Gyrotonic. She also teaches non-machine based Gyrotonic chair/floor workshop and classes around town. These sessions, paradoxically, are more challenging than the machine work as you need to rely on your own body to achieve precision in the movement.
For more information, visit their website at www.unravelledself.com or call 519-497-1258.