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Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® Methodology: Energy in Motion


By Columnist Dana Rader – Exercise Physiologist, GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer:

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Photo credit: Dana Rader GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods

In my first article of this series, I stressed that our exercise intention should always be to feel good, have more energy and to be uplifted. So what does “energy” in this context mean?  My clients often tell me that they have more energy after their sessions, feel good for days, and their body feels “alive” and “awakened.”  Why?

The Human Body and Energy

Science tells us that the universe is composed of energy circling and flowing in different forms.  Everything we experience, including ourselves, is simply energy in a variety of ways and on different levels. Eastern tradition calls our life-force energy our “chi” and this energy moves in our body along certain pathways. The secret of circulating this “chi” to successively higher power centres (chakras) of the body is the essence of many eastern and western movement traditions. Interestingly the one common theme that links many of the traditions including the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods is the importance placed on the movement, flexibility and alignment of the spine, as the spine forms the major pathway through which the chi flows.

Juliu Horvath the founder of the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods believes that “the cause of all disease is stagnation,” which is why the essence of his exercises concentrates on circulation and stimulation. He found he could work through the blockages in the energy pathways, through mobilizing the spine in all directions.

Our Seed Centre

All of the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercises focus on moving from what we call the “seed centre” the area slightly below the navel. The first energy centre or chakra is known as the centre seed. We take the chi energy, from the seed centre and move it up the body through the energy centres as we perform movement sequences, always unwinding and re-grounding the energy back to the seed centre at the end of a series.

Using Your Breath to Connect

Clients can use the handle unit to assist them to move their spine from their seed centre up the body and back down. As they move they can arch, curl, spiral, or moving freely through the same movements in the wave series, on the stool, as in a GYROKINESIS® class. This way they are always using their breath to connect with the body’s natural rhythms, moving their chi and improving circulation. Through the utilisation of these movements and breathing patterns, clients can remove energy blockages and create a process of regeneration, resulting in a feeling of increased energy and well-being.

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