MOVE Wellness Studios trainer, Suzanne Willets Brooks answers some of your questions about the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods.
Describe Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis exercise in one sentence.
The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® uses specialized equipment to take your whole body through rhythmic, circular spiraling motions, which increases flexibility and core strength while restoring functional health of all joints in the body, especially the spine. Gyrokinesis movement compliments Gyrotonic movement in that it too is a system of harmonizing organic movements such as circular waving and spiraling motions, but without the equipment and usually in a group setting.
How did you get started with the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®
I began studying Gyrokinesis exercise about eight years ago. I did the entire training to be certified and immediately fell in love with the method. Five years ago, I began my process of getting my certification. What impressed me about both systems was the innate intelligence of the movement. It is functional and rehabilitating. It connects into the many systems in the body. When I practice it feels painless and joyful and I get a great workout.
What do you think is underrated about this movement philosophy?
Tension is the enemy of movement. Tension wears out our joints and wears down our nervous system. The Gyrotonic philosophy is one of harmonizing. The movement feels so organic, and we are moving functionally in the parasympathetic response system. The Gyrotonic method is a system that you can do forever.
What are the general health benefits of practicing Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis exercises?
Health benefits of Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic exercises include better joint stability, increased circulation, better spinal mobility, better coordination of the pelvic floor, stronger more resilient core, increased range of motion and an improvement of daily posture.
Specifically, how can the Gyrotonic method assist people recovering from physical injuries?
For people transitioning out of physical therapy, our body systems work in a cooperative fashion. When we injure ourselves it is important to look at how our habits informed our injury or visa versa. The system offers support and correct functional movement connecting whole chains of movement. A knee injury for example can be connected to a faulty bone rhythm in the foot and pelvic chain. Understanding the function and moving in that function improves overall movement. Shoulder injuries can be related to improper scapular humeral rhythms. There is a whole protocol of movement in the Gyrotonic method that improves better joint coordination for shoulder health. It is a dynamic movement process which specifically helps ease people into full functional movement.
If you could give one tip for beginner participants, what would it be?
I would say this system is a journey. Let it unfold. Find the ease and joy in the movement and trust your body.