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GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methodology: Does Breath Create Movement or Does Movement Create Breath?

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

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I have enjoyed writing these posts over the past year, and for my last instalment I would like to touch on an element that is as essential for life as it is for movement breath. Breath is ever present every moment of our lives, but do we experience breathing and how do we utilise it in movement?

Our Breathing

When we exercise, most people notice that their breath changes usually increasing and becoming faster with physical activity. On the other hand, when meditating, we work with slowing our breath and this helps to quiet the mind. Yes, we have the capacity to consciously control our breathing patterns to an extent, because of this unique quality, breath becomes the link between mind and body.

Does Breath Create Movement?

In movement, we tend to cue inhalation (inspiration) and exhalation (expiration). Why bother to do this? When executing a spiralling movement that I discussed in last month’s article, we can exhale, or we can inhale in the spiral motion. When I cue exhale in the movement, I find that the client spirals further. However, when I cue inhale, I find the client obtains more length and height in their movement. These are the same movement, but with different outcomes and textures depending on the breath. So, yes, breath creates movement.

Does Movement Create Breath?

When I am teaching abdominal series, I cue what we refer to as a squeezing breath, which is like coughing (exhaling). However, even if do not cue the breath, I find that clients in most cases will use their exhale breath as they contract the muscles in the abdominal region. The founder of the methods I teach, Juliu Horvath is fond of using the comparison to “yawning”. We use this yawning effect in many movements in the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods especially to access the upper body.

A yawn requires a large intake of breath and this, in turn, stretches the fascia in our upper body region. Thus, opening the breathing passages, allowing breath in and as a consequence, and expanding the chest area. You can see when someone yawns how the chest area is open allowing the breath to flow in and extend the spine and upper body. You can even see the expansion in the cat picture (below) of yawning! So, yes, the movement itself can also create breath allowing us to create space in the body to move.

Mind-Body Connection

That brings us to the mind-body connection, is this important in movement as well? This undoubtedly is a subject to be explored for the next series. Until then, best wishes for a very Happy, Healthy Movement filled festive season.

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Top Water Bottle Sleeves in 2017

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You’ve owned your water bottle since you can remember, but you’re getting a little tired of looking at it. While you’d classify your bottle as ‘old faithful,’ with it being there for you through thick and thin, and during the good and bad times, it just doesn’t change. It looks tired, worn and lacks pizzazz. So how can you dress it up so it looks as vibrant as you feel?

Thankfully Coldest Water and a few other innovative water bottle gurus have come up with a solution. It’s called a water bottle sleeve, and they are so cost effective that you can have one for every day of the week if you want. Of course, they have other benefits, such as they help you to keep your water cooler for longer, and they protect your water bottle from damage.

Why You Need Top Water Bottle Sleeves

You should only need to own one water bottle as this water bottle should last you years, if not for your lifetime. However, in saying this, owning the one water bottle for a whole lifetime could be a little boring. Let’s elaborate.

You’ve owned the same water bottle for the last 5-years. This bottle has been fantastic; it has served you well, offering you the coldest water and staying chilled for longer than any other. But, it looks tired, worn and a little ugly. You’ve climbed mountains with it, ridden along some of the toughest trails on your bike, and you’ve run long-distance marathons with it by your side. But now, well, it looks like it’s in need of some tender loving care and a facelift.

So you want to change your water bottle’s appearance and freshen it up a little. After all, as the adage says, “change is as good as a holiday.” So imagine if you could convert your old faithful water bottle in colour, or even design, to match your mood, your outfit or even your nail or hair colour. Well, now you can with one of the top water bottle sleeves in 2017.

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Types of Top Water Bottle Sleeves in 2017

There are a vast number of water bottle sleeves available on the market. The best sleeves for your bottle are those that insulate your water bottle and keep your water cooler. Two of the most common products used to manufacture top water bottle sleeves in 2017 are Neoprene and Silicone, as these materials are affordable and good insulators.

Neoprene is one of the most accessible water bottle sleeve materials used worldwide. This product is used to make wetsuits, stubbie holders and wine chillers. It’s lightweight, comfortable to the use and to hold, and keeps your water temperature cooler. It also protects your water bottle from damage such as scratching and denting.

According to the American Chemistry Council, Neoprene, also known as Polychloroprene, is a synthetic rubber that is an organic compound. This compound is water, oil, solvent and heat resistant, so it makes an ideal insulator and protector for your water bottle. This is why Neoprene is used to make most of the most top water bottle sleeves in 2017.

Another product that some of the top water bottle sleeves of 2017 are made form is Silicone. This product is non-toxic and durable state a number of manufacturers who use it. While many water bottle sleeves have been made from this material, it is not as popular as Neoprene; this is because it is harder to cleaner. However, Silicone is considered to be stylish as it comes in a range of colours and it protects your water bottle from damage.

Silicone according to the American Chemistry Society is a constituent of sand, known as silica. Therefore, it’s an environmentally friendly alternative to plastics, which can be toxic.

Another product that top water bottle sleeves of 2017 are created from is Nylon. This material is also a polymer and according to San Diego Plastics, it is waterproof, highly durable, and unyielding.

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How the Top Water Bottle Sleeves Were Rated

Some people will argue that the best water bottle sleeves are those that keep your water the coolest. These individuals aren’t concerned with the looks, but more with the practicality of the top water bottle sleeves in 2017. Others will say that the best water bottle sleeves are the most colourful, with beautiful, eye-catching designs.

Some top water bottle sleeves of 2017 users will elect to go for a simple water bottle sleeve design with no handles or pouches for storage; they look purely at cost. Whereas others prefer, carry handles, a pouch bag and a shoulder strap.

So after careful consideration and reviewing hundreds of Amazon buyer reviews on water bottle sleeves it is confirmed that the top water bottle sleeves in 2017 are those that cater specifically to a customer’s needs. Water bottle sleeves need to be practical, serving a purpose for you, the buyer. Your water bottle sleeve needs to keep your water cooler, for longer, while protecting your water bottle so that its lifespan is extended.

Therefore, to decide which were the top water bottle sleeves in 2017, a number of factors were taken into consideration. These top water bottle sleeves had to meet stringent expectations, as specified below:

  • Water stored in the bottle had to stay cooler for longer.
  • The water bottle had to be protected from damage.
  • The sleeve had to be affordable and well priced.
  • The product used to make the sleeve had to last.
  • The sleeve had to have extra benefits – either a colourful design that was eye-catching or it had carry straps and pouches for storage.

The Top Water Bottle Sleeves in 2017 to Buy

Let’s look at the top water bottle sleeves in 2017 now. These water bottle sleeves passed the rigours of testing by a number of Amazon customers, and they passed with good, if not near perfect results. The ten top water bottle sleeves in 2017 are as follows:

The Coldest Water Bottle Sleeves

This sleeve rated the highest for a number of reasons. Firstly, it protected the bottle from damage and kept the water cooler in the bottle for longer. Secondly, this water bottle sleeve is multi-compatible so it fits over water bottles that are made of stainless steel and plastic. Thirdly, this water bottle sleeve comes with hands-free carrying – an optional strap. Meaning that the buyer can use their hands for other activities, rather than holding their water bottle.

The Coldest Water bottle sleeve also has a pouch so you can store your phone and keys in safely, and a cover so you can seal your water bottle so that no-one can tamper with it. Lastly, it’s cost is affordable at under $20. This water bottle sleeve has received over 60 customer reviews on Amazon and has been given a 4 and a half star rating.

AUPET Water Bottle Sleeves

These water bottle sleeves are by Professional Bags. This manufacturer of water bottle sleeves makes some of the loudest designs in colour and image. In vibrant pinks, oranges and blues, buyers can select from butterfly pictures, owls, dogs, flowers, animal prints, and psychedelic colours. Plus, these water bottle sleeves are priced under $15 each, which means that owning more one is affordable.

These water bottle sleeves are constructed from Neoprene, are stainless steel and plastic bottle compatible, and protect your water bottle from damage. They are also machine washable, available in 750 ml and 1000 ml designs and have a handsfree strap. The AUPET water bottle sleeve rates at 4 and a half stars by buyers on Amazon, with more than 40 customers purchasing this product.

Onoola Water Bottle Sleeves

Priced at under $20 this water bottle sleeve received a 5-star rating on Amazon, with more than 400 buyers reviewing the product. But this wasn’t enough for this water bottle sleeve to be in the top 2 of the top water bottle sleeves in 2017. Why? Well, this sleeve is limited to the type of water bottles that it fits. Suited only to hydro flasks, Yetii Ramblers and Lifeline Fifty Fifty water bottles that come in 18, 24, 32, 40 and 64 oz. So if you don’t have one of these water bottles, then you may have problems fitting the sleeve to your bottle. However, in saying this, the sleeve does have an adjustable strap and a large pouch for storage of valuables. It is also made from Neoprene, keeping your water chilled for longer and your water bottle protected from damage.

Jugsleeve Water Bottle Sleeve

This water bottle sleeve is made from Neoprene to prevent damage, and it has added padding inside, to cushion any water bottle falls. Also, it has a Nylon outer casing for extra protection. This material gives the sleeve greater durability and your water bottle extra protection. It has a shoulder strap for handsfree use and a side handle carrying option. It works best with 40 oz water bottles. The Jugsleeve water bottle sleeve comes in a variety of colours; pink and black are the most sought after, with more than 260 Amazon customers buying this colour and over 150 buying pink. This water bottle sleeve also rates at 4 and a half stars on Amazon.

Water Vault Deluxe Neoprene Sleeve

Coming in four different colours, black, green, pink and blue this water bottle sleeve is lightweight and is made of Neoprene. Priced at under $20, it is affordable and comes with a should strap for hands-free use. Available in two sizes to fit a bottle with a 10 and 12-inch circumference. The sleeve fits 12, 16, 20, 24, and 26 oz bottles. A larger size is also available for 40 oz bottles. This sleeve is compatible with stainless steel, plastic and sports bottles, as well as energy drinks. Rated a 4 and a half stars by Amazon users, this bottle received over 70 reviews.

Neosling Adjustable Water Bottle Sleeve

Priced at under $15 this Neoprene water bottle sleeve is a sling that your cradles your water bottle. It has an adjustable over-the-shoulder strap for hands-free comfort and comes in 7 different colours. It also protects your bottle from damage and keeps your water cooler for longer. Rated at 4 and a half stars, and purchased by more than 1,000 Amazon customers it is one of the most popular top water bottle sleeves in 2017, but not necessarily the best.

ICOLOR Water Bottle Sleeve

Also made of Neoprene, this water bottle sleeve comes in more than ten vibrant designs – from stars to cats to stripes. This water bottle sleeve has an adjustable strap and is easy to clean. Priced at under $12 this sleeve rates at 5-stars with 13 Amazon customers purchasing the product. So, while this water bottle sleeve was not purchased by hundreds of people, many of its buyers thought that it was well-worth the money that they spent this is why it made it into the top water bottle sleeves in 2017 list.

Nalgene Water Bottle Sleeve

This sleeve comes with a belt clip, rather than an over-the-shoulder strap, which means it clips to your waist. Available in three colours and made of Neoprene, this sleeve is easy to wash and dry. Purchased by more than 150 Amazon customers, this water bottle sleeve received a 4 and a half star rating.

Cool Stuff Water Bottle Sleeve

Acquired by more than 200 Amazon customers, this water bottle sleeve received 4-stars and is priced at under $20. It comes in two different colours and is suitable for wide-mouth drink bottles. It is simple but useful for cooling and protection of your water bottle.

Intrepid International Neoprene Water Bottle Sleeve

Priced at under $12, this is another simple, but efficient water bottle sleeve. This product has a plastic clip so that you can attach it to your belt for hands-free use. It is also made of stretchable Neoprene so it fits over most bottles. It comes in 5 different colours and rated at 4-stars. More than 40 Amazon customers purchased this water bottle.

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GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methodology: Spiralling Motion

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

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Over the past 8 months, I have touched on many essential elements of these unique methods that I feel privledged to teach and introduce to you. When prospective clients call, they are often curious about the differences between GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methodologies as compared to Pilates or yoga. So what are these? Whilst there are many points of difference, I highlight that these methods are 3 dimensional, involving continuous circular spiralling motions, in contrast to linear model modalities.

What is Gyrotonic® Spiralling?

How is spiralling different to a twist in yoga or Pilates?

Juliu Horvath the founder of the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods explains spiralling as “moving from a set point in the body in two directions at the same time infinitely.” Imagine being in the middle of a spiral staircase and looking up or down. This gives the spiralling motion the texture of an infinitive movement with no beginning or end. A twist, however, denotes a flatter two-dimensional a movement like a twist top on a bottle it has an ending where it tightens and closes.

Through the use of circular and spiralling movements, we can break down rigidity and holding patterns in the body. The GYROTONIC® handle unit guides one’s spine through spirals; forward, cross grip, reverse, diving, figure eights, etc., all are continuous flowing circular movements encompassing the entire body and limited only by the individual’s capacity. Golfers know that they do not want to stop as soon as they hit the ball they need to continue the movement and swing through. These movements on the handle unit emulate that same idea.

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GYROKINESIS® classes move participants through a range of horizontal and vertical spirals, seated, lying down and standing. The entire body again works; the arms reach and follow the rotational part of the spine, while the legs and pelvis give the support needed to achieve movement. The movements flow together seamlessly, like a well-choreographed dance.

Through the use of spiralling the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods distance us from controlled linear movements and transport us to a place where we find the freedom to move and expand our physical capacity. Keep spiralling until next time.

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GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methodology: Runners Posture Part 2 – Hips, Legs and Feet

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

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In my last article I explored the importance of postural balances and core strength when embarking on a running program. Yes, anyone can put on their running shoes and go for a run. However, you need to have an awareness of what is happening with your body before you go out the door.

If you are sitting at a desk for long hours during the week, it is possible your hip flexors will be tight. Plus,  your hamstrings may have forgotten how to work efficiently. Also remember that two essential elements of running are your feet and those all-important intrinsic muscles. We throw our feet into our running shoes without much thought about the muscles in these appendages. Even worse still, is wearing those high heels. You’ve worn them all week, and now you’ve got tight calf muscles. The good news is many of these issues can be resolved using GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods.

My clients love to use the pulley tower upper straps, creating a traction effect, and move through what we call the hamstring series. This series uses the entire length of the hamstring muscles, strengthening and stretching. It enables the quadriceps to work eccentrically, at the same time releasing tight hip flexors. We work through lateral, internal and external rotational movements to mobilise and free up the hip joints. We are also articulating at the knee and ankle joints, therefore incorporating the entire lower limb chain, as well as dynamically using our core to support us. Most important, though, is that it helps us to become more aware of how our body moves while removing the effects of gravity.

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Another great tool is what we call the GYROTONIC® Leg Extension Unit (LEU). This unit is beneficial for the hamstrings. Although, its focus is on the knee joint. It is useful for correcting patella tracking issues and is great to strengthen the muscles and connective tissues around the knee joint which take on excessive load when we run. The LEU is an exceptional tool to mobilise and increase the range of dorsi and plantar flexion at the ankle joint. Also, it addresses the calf muscles, as well as working the feet and the intrinsic muscles supporting our arches.

Now is the time to get out and to get moving. By all means enjoy the spring weather and get out there rain or shine, walk or run. But, just remember to have an awareness of your body and to concentrate on strengthening your weak links to avoid injuries.

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GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methodology: Runners Posture

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

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In the last two articles of this series I discussed the topic of “core dynamics” with regards to the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods and addressed the applications to sports as well as dance. As an exercise physiologist I have many clients coming in who run or want to run to improve their fitness. Running is a great exercise option, it allows you to be outside, it is low cost, can be done alone or in a group, as well as enabling you to proceed at your own pace increasing your intensity and duration as you improve.

It is important however to take into consideration postural imbalances and core strength when embarking on a running program. Most people these days are sitting long hours at a desk leaning over a computer, their muscles are short and tight, not in the ideal condition to go out for a run.

Core strength for running is necessary. However, there is a need to train your core and do specific exercises that resemble a similar posture and orientation to gravity as running. To hold a plank position for core activation uses the muscles around the torso and upper back but it’s hard to translate that static posture to running. Using the GYROTONIC® method a client can train in a plank position with their legs running underneath them activating the core dynamically. This training can then move into kneeling and standing positions replicating running posture.

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It is also important to open the chest to free the scapula region so one’s arms have the freedom to move diagonally. This arm movement works into the counter rotational element of the pelvis and torso which is an essential component to running. Using these methods we have the ability to mobilise the thoracic region, which is key to the freedom of movement needed in the torso. This movement can be done effectively by using the upper body openings and arch and curl series of the GYROTONIC® method. A pivotal element of the method is the ability to train the spine in the horizontal plane rotational (spiralling) movements, as stated by Andy Murray in my last article. Using the upper body series (twist and pull), which is also quite an aerobic workout, we can efficiently work on the rotational movement of the torso while stabilising the core dynamically by the use of “narrowing”.

Last month, we discussed core stability and dancing. In next month’s article, we will explore more regarding the utilisation of the legs and feet in running. Until then, take care.

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GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methodolgy: Core Dynamics in Relation to Sport and Dance

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

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Last month I touched on the topic of what I call “core dynamics” and the GYROTONIC® method principal of “narrowing”. I discussed that it gives one the ability to move with stability and strength while enabling one to move with increased freedom which is needed to ease into powerful movements required for dance and sport.

Interestingly, Andy Murray in his many interviews leading up to Wimbledon this year (2016) endorsed the method as something that has made a big difference to his life, not just his tennis. With regards to narrowing, he states that the GYROTONIC® method mimics the twisting and turning movements he needs for his game. Yes, the use of the horizontal plane for spiralling movements in the method is necessary, however, it requires full body coordination to achieve the intended result.

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Photo Credit: Dana Rader – Andy Murray Documentary (Still Shot) Using GYROKINESIS®

I work with many professional and pre-professional dancers who find this concept increasingly beneficial to their ability to perform. They are given many instructions in dance but often are not explicitly given the tools they need to make these corrections, and that can lead to injuries.

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Playing a sport or dancing demands maximal control of movement. There needs to be a balance between the efforts of grounding in the centre of the body and being able to move outward from this centre with the least amount of effort. So, by utilising this unique technique of “narrowing” specific to the GYROTONIC® method, as opposed to static holding or bracing used in other modalities, athletes and dancers alike have found their secret weapon. This engagement of the core dynamically enables one to change directions seamlessly, with increased speed and accuracy which is essential to success in sports as well as dance.

I will further expand on this topic and posture as related to runners in my next two articles for this series. In the meantime, congratulations are in order to Andy Murray for his win at Wimbledon, and I look forward to seeing him in 2017 in Melbourne for the Australian Open.

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Gyrotonic® & Gyrokinesis® Methodology: Core Dynamics

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This month’s topic is something I call “core dynamics”. As an exercise physiologist and an international master trainer for GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methodology, I wish I had a dollar for each time a client came in and addressed the subject of core work. So what is this elusive term “core” and how can we better incorporate this into our lives – in everyday movements, sports, and dance?

Juliu Horvath the founder of the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods describes stabilisation as happening through contrast. We need to have strength and stability as well as the ability to move all at the same time; I like to think of this as core dynamics.

In our GYROKINESIS® classes we begin sitting on a four-legged stool. Let’s look at the core muscles the same way as a four-legged stool. One leg is the transversus abdominis (TA) – our deepest abdominal muscle. The second leg is our pelvic floor – a group of muscles that surround the pelvis. The third leg is the small muscles in your lumbar spine called the multifidus. The fourth leg is your psoas major or sometimes referred to as Iliopsoas which are two different muscles; the psoas and the Iliacus which blend together. We need to actively work all these muscles in a sequence at the same time dynamically to create length, space and the stability to move, engage our core, or in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods, what we call “narrowing the pelvis”.

To introduce this concept of “narrowing,” I often ask my clients to visualise a full tube of toothpaste just removed from the carton. What happens when you squeeze this tube in the middle, where does the toothpaste move? Yes, it would move up and down at the same time; squirt out the top and bottom simultaneously. Now apply the “narrowing” to your body, there is a point of stabilisation where you can create movement in two directions at the same time.

Once we have found this “narrowing” we have the ability to move with stability and strength. The back and torso, as a result, are strong, thus providing support for the entire spine and extremities which enable one to move with increased freedom and ease into powerful movements needed for dance and sport.

Next month I will continue on this topic incorporating examples from sport and dance.

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GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methodology: Your Inner Dancer

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

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So far we have touched on the “intention” of the methods, the “playfulness” of movement and creating “energy” through our motion. Juliu Horvath the founder of the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods was a classical dancer, and in creating his methods, wanted everyone to be able to experience dance in their own bodies. Adrianna Thompson, who is one of the creators of the GYROTONIC® applications to dancer program told me, “Juliu wants everyone to dance and feel their bodies fly.”

Yes, I work with many dancers, both professional and pre-professional as well as dance students and teachers in my practice. However, I also work with clients that have never danced a day in their lives. Many clients that have said to me, “my mum would not let me do dance for one reason or another; be it coordination, knock knees or feet issues. Therefore, I never got the chance to experience dancing.” The desire to dance is there for everyone. Just look around at how popular the various barre workouts are becoming today.

The methods we have been discussing allow an individual to experience dance technique from the inside out, and discover what it feels like to be in your own body. The GYROKINESIS® method was originally called “yoga for dancers” therefore it flows and involves continuous movement like a dance routine. It is accessible for everyone, with beginner classes beginning seated and then proceeding to the floor, and finishing with standing combinations.

Juliu dreamed of creating equipment that could enable dancers to perform a better pirouette. From that dream the GYROTONIC® pulley tower unit evolved. Interestingly enough it not only helped dancers improve their performance as well as avoid injuries, but created an exercise system where non-dancers can dance and allow their spirits to fly.

Regardless of your age, ability, or dance experience, the methods will awaken your dancer within through a holistic approach that teaches better body awareness, flexibility, strength and conditioning. So if you missed out as a child, there is still time to learn and discover your inner dancer.

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Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® Methodology: Energy in Motion

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

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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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GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methodology: Movement at Play

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

Energy Kinetics-10Photo 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, to have more energy and to be uplifted. When clients first come into my studio in Melbourne most are fascinated by the beautifully designed equipment, however there are those that think it looks like a medieval torture chamber!  I like to think of it as my movement playground…

When we were kids, our eyes would light up at the thought of a playground, with visions of flying through the air on the swings, jumping rope, riding our bike, or hanging upside down on the monkey bars. We knew how to play and have fun and we still can today as adults with the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods. I remember Juliu Horvath (the founder of the methods), saying to us one day in a training session that he wanted our eyes to light up when we were learning a new movement sequence, the same as they did when he said it was lunch time.

Awakening Lost Playfulness

GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods encourage play and non-repetitive movements to awaken our lost playfulness. When a new client starts and is introduced to the techniques, I always say to them let’s have a play. Clients will watch me showing them movements, and when I see a glimmer of that light in their eyes, I know I have found the right toy in my playground for them.

Maybe a new client gets excited by the bicycles; lying on their back with straps on their feet, hanging upside down and running, or jumping on the jumping stretching board. Or the floor work might be something that entices them; attempting to mimic the movements of a cat in the cat back series, which involves kneeling arching and curling, spiralling, kneading, side-arching, and stretching. A cat is supple, playful, and can be very fast. However, it is also relaxed at the same time. Does this description sound similar to an athlete?

Benefits of GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods

Is it fun, is it individual, is it exercising? The answer is ‘yes’ to all of these questions. Plus, GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods stimulate bone density, strengthen the core, abdominals, quadriceps, hamstrings, and gluteal muscles, as well as improve upper body strength, while encouraging neuroplasticity in the brain through the creation of new and different movement patterns.

We were born to move, and be a kid again, to be carefree and move without restriction; all intentions of Juliu’s methodology.

Please Note – GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® are registered trademarks of Gyrotonic Sales Corp., Miami Beach, FL USA and are used with their permission.

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