The GYROKINESIS® method, originally called “Yoga for Dancers,” is practiced on a mat and stool and is the foundation for the GYROTONIC® method which uses specialized equipment that permits one to move with support and resistance. The GYROTONIC® method and GYROKINESIS® exercise sequences are intended to increase the functional capacity of the entire body in a harmonious way.
Translating the GYROTONIC® method into an invaluable form of rehabilitation
The GYROTONIC® method is becoming popular amongst elite athletes across the world, but more specifically local therapists are getting wind of the potential benefits it can afford a more general patient population.
Much like the boom that saw Pilates become mainstream in the 1980’s, the GYROTONIC® method demands we stand up and take notice. By working muscles through their complete range, GYROTONIC® exercise system re-educates the body’s awareness of itself; resulting in greater body control, precision and movement potential. This distinctive method of movement training stands to benefit a diverse range of people in the general population as well as providing our elite athletes with an additional form of rehabilitation and conditioning that might enable them to find that extra edge.
GYROTONIC® methodology is ideal for the therapist rehabilitating neck, thoracic, shoulder and elbow conditions, with specific applications for tennis players, golfers, footballers and cricketers. For the general population suffering from chronic conditions such as, low back pain, sciatica, inflammatory and degenerative joint conditions the method provides therapeutic benefit as well as actively restoring function.
The Pulley Tower Combination Unit, the most widely used piece of GYROTONIC® equipment, consists of two independent rotating handle units with an adjustable bench and a pulley tower. The handle units can be customized to fit the individual proportions and movement capacities of each user. The unique pulley system provides gentle resistance that can focus and work both the upper and lower limbs whilst connecting to the center of the body. This unit is designed to support the full, and natural range of motion of the joints, allowing for three dimensional, functional movements.
This is an innovative slant on injury rehabilitation. Through this method you will help your clients develop a balance between maximum strength and flexibility, neuromuscular coordination, relief from spinal compression, improved joint articulation and overall stamina. Thus providing a unique and supportive environment for optimal musculoskeletal rehabilitation and training.
In our next article we will discuss how these methods can be applied to the individual sports and disciplines. Specifics pertaining to dance and how the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods are an excellent medium for both injury rehabilitation as well as strength and conditioning for the modern day dancer.
For more information on how the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods can help you or your clientele please refer to http://gyrotonicmelbourne.com.au. We are a full training studio offering a comprehensive service to train you in this methodology empowering you to take this knowledge and pass it onto your clients.