Many of our clients come to us after an injury, surgery or other "issues in their tissues" that traditional therapies weren't able to address.
We've seen miracles with this method of movement therapy with our clients. If you've experienced a major injury, illness, TBI, neurological disorder, or you're simply in pain...try a session of conscious Somatic-Based Gyrotonic Movement with us!
We have experience with (and not limited to) the following conditions:
Traumatic Brain Injury TBI
Spinal Cord Injury
Sacro-illac Joint Dysfunction
Degenerative Disc Disease
Severe Disc Herniation
Full Knee Replacement
Full Hip Replacement
Pre/post surgery for hip pain
Forward Head Posture
Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis
Many of our clients simply want to live their lives with the greatest amount of freedom, joy, and want to take care of their bodies so that aging occurs gracefully. Open the energy centers, lengthen the muscles, free the spine, strengthen the core, enhance the mind-body connection, BREATHE and MOVE!
The Gyrotonic Method is a PERFECT compliment to any activity you enjoy and will help you move with greater ease so you can enjoy your life to the fullest.
As Somatic-based Movement Therapists and Educators, we're fond of saying..."We pick up where Physical Therapy left off - or never happened!"
In addition to working with our general clients and their fitness and wellness goals, both Laura and Steve have 1,000s of hours of advanced training in both rehab Pilates as well as advanced coursework in the Gyrotonic Method of Movement. Additionally Laura and Steve have advanced training as Medical Massage Therapists (although neither of us currently practice massage therapy). In our Hawaiian Medical Massage Therapy school, our 1,250 hour program consisted of intense anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology, assessment and treatment design, and therapeutic hands on work along with therapeutic exercise. The schools goal was for their graduates to work side by side with allied health professionals (e.g., Physical Therapists, Physicians, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, and other Massage Therapists). As Movement Educators, we believe that the more a client understands about their condition, what contraindications exist, and which options for alternative exercise therapy (and bodywork) exist, the more these clients can take their power back and get fully onto the road of healing.
Both Laura and Steve had extensive shoulder "re-build" surgeries. Laura's was from a slip and fall while Steve's was from a Moto X accident. Steve was fortunate enough to have his injury after we opened our studio in Hawaii. Laura worked with Steve to get his shoulder as strong and stable as possible BEFORE his surgery...as surgery was the only option to repair his shoulder. As soon as the Doctor cleared Steve for exercise, Laura began working with him in the Gyrotonic studio. He began the very same exercises she had given him prior to his surgery. At his 6 week follow up the Doctor exclaimed that he had never seen anyone "at Steve's age" recover so quickly from a surgery like as intense as his. He asked what we were doing. We responded with, "We are both Hawaii licensed massage therapists with specializations in medical massage and therapeutic exercise and we also happen to own a Gyrotonic studio." The doctor was so impressed, he told Steve there was no need for PT as we were clearly on the right path.
We've made it our life's work to help others with this amazing movement system the way it has helped both of us AND our many clients.
Where she was at: A woman in her 40's came into the studio to begin Gyrotonic lessons, after hearing Steve and Laura speak at a local traumatic brain injury event. Her goal was to continue rehab for her injuries, as her health insurance had run out. She had been involved in a head on collision while both vehicles were driving 55 miles per hour. The other driver swerved into her lane and she was unable to avoid the collision. She broke over 100 bones in her body. She received a major head injury (traumatic brain injury or TBI). And she nearly bled out. The doctors had nearly given up hope that she would live. She was transferred to a critical care facility and then eventually a long term care facility. She could not speak, move, let alone walk at that time. She was later able to speak, move and walk with the aid of a walker and a caregiver to keep her from losing her balance. Her cognitive skills were also challenged. Eventually her insurance company would no longer authorize further physical therapy. She said that we were her last hope of recovery....
“The ultimate aim is to be at home in one’s body, experience greater freedom of movement, to feel unrestricted and uninhibited, to be free from pain, to be at one with the nature of oneself, and to experience exercise as a creative and delightful experience.”
– Juliu Horvath (creator of the Gyrotonic Expansion System)
After working on building my own company and raising twins on my own, the stress I was under had taken it's toll on my physical and mental state. I'd tried everything (yoga, pilates, massage, meditation) and nothing helped.
Then I heard about Laura and Gyrotonic exercise. I was skeptical, as I'd never heard of it before. By the end of the first session I was hooked. Not only did the movement feel SO good in my body, I felt as though I had gained a part of myself back that had been missing.
I've been practicing the Gyrotonic Method (on the equipment) and the Gyrokinesis method (in group class) now for 4 years and cannot imagine my life without them.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing this amazing system into my life.
~ Marta Barerras
Feng Shui Consultant
The GYROTONIC® Pulley Tower Combination Unit was the first unit of Gyrotonic equipment to be sold to the public. In 1991, Horvath introduced a line of specialized equipment: the Jumping Stretching Board, the Archway, the Leg Extension Unit, and the GYROTONER®. Each unit of specialized equipment has its own unique features and functions, providing an extensive range of exercise options.
The innovative line of Gyrotonic equipment is crafted with high quality, commercial grade materials and is designed according to the exacting standards of Juliu Horvath, who is still actively creating, improving and expanding on existing designs.
The GYROTONIC® Pulley Tower Combination Unit is the result of over thirty years of research and development, and is the most widely used piece of Gyrotonic Equipment. The Pulley Tower provides smooth, even support and resistance via a unique, weighted pulley system. The adjustable bench and rotating handle unit can be customized to fit the individual proportions and movement capacities of each user. The design of the equipment supports the full and natural range of motion of the joints, allowing for three-dimensional, functional movement, thus eliminating the sharp starts and stops where most injury occurs.
Our studio features three Pulley Towers
The Archway is considered by many to be the most physically demanding piece of specialized equipment. The vertical, tiered ladder design of the Archway accommodates advanced strength and stability sequences by allowing users to perform exercises in various relationships to gravity- vertical, horizontal, diagonal, and inverted. The included propeller accessory, and adjustable arms provide standing, and rotation exercises for people of various abilities- beginners to advanced. The Archway is a great addition to any studio, and is especially popular with dancers, and other athletes.
Our studio features one Archway
The Gyrotoner facilitates hip, and shoulder articulation in a myriad of different planes. It is an especially useful piece of equipment for mobilizing the thoracic spine, and for coordinating hip, and shoulder movements with the spine.
Our studio features one Gyrotoner
A broad range of exercise sequences and modification options make the Jumping-Stretching Board accessible to people of all levels of strength and flexibility. Due to its versatility, and popularity with clients, this is often the first piece of specialized equipment added to a GYROTONIC® studio.
Jumping-Stretching Board exercise sequences are composed of full body, functional exercises, performed in a variety of body positions- kneeling, standing, lying and sitting. A diverse range of standing exercises improve flexibility, coordination, and functional strength.
The ergonomic, gliding platform allows users to experience running, and jumping in a low impact, horizontal plane, with the spine and pelvis fully supported, making it ideal for post injury exercise. Four independent gliding slides, with optional rotating platforms, provide for challenging strength and coordination sequences. The propeller accessory, and pulley tower feature are also included with this unit.
Our studio features one jump stretching board (a client favorite for sure!)
The Ladder was the original specialized piece of equipment and is the predecessor of the modern Archway.
Our studio features one Ladder.
The Leg Extension Unit facilitates functional full body movement sequences that strengthen upper/lower body coordination, and hand/foot coordination. Contra-lateral movement sequences in various planes increase functional strength and stability at all joints. A unique, patented, cam mechanism allows the leg to elongate, as it extends. So, the hip and knee joints are able to move in a fluid, natural range, without compression, increasing stability and strength around those joints. Hand/foot straps, and lightweight aluminum Wing Master accessory included.
Our studio features two Leg Extension Units
Listen as Juliu explains about the amazing system he has created.
A journey towards the expression of life!
Yoga, Pilates and Gyrotonic exercise are all amazing systems in their own right.
These systems have unique benefits and focus on different aspects of movement and fitness.
We believe that everyone can benefit from all of these amazing systems (just as we have).
Imagine an experience that is the evolution of dance, swimming, chi kung and yoga that causes your mind, body and breath to ripple with energy. Envision your body undulating like an ocean wave and swaying like a palm tree. By activating your imagination, you just took your first step into the world of Juliu Horvath, the founder of the Gyrokinesis exercise program and the Gyrotonic Expansion System. After suffering a ballet injury, Horvath developed the Gyrokinesis program as a way to rehabilitate his body and spirit. In the process, he developed a movement method for strengthening and realigning the body. Through spiraling movements, breathing exercises and a pattern of motion that engages the body from head to toe, the Gyrokinesis experience fully invigorates your being as it oxygenates and strengthens your body. In a time where the average person spends most of his or her day collapsed in front of a computer screen, the Gyrokinesis system has never been more important; By developing a regular practice, one can counteract the impact of the technological revolution on our minds and bodies. Get ready for a physical and spiritual awakening, one twist at a time.
The Heart and Soul of the Expansion System
The Gyrokinesis Method is the heart and soul of the Gyrotonic Expansion system. Gyrokinesis exercises can be adapted to fit anyone's ability. People from all walks of life including accomplished athletes, fitness enthusiasts, senior citizens, and people recovering from an injury or dealing with a disability take Gyrokinesis classes. By the end of a Gyrokinesis session, one's entire system is awakened and brought into greater balance. Focus on the breath stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system resulting in a sense of calm, well-being and mental clarity.
The Gyrokinesis Method is a movement method that addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original and unique method, which coordinates movement, breath and mental focus.
The Gyrokinesis Method is practiced in small group classes or private sessions under the instruction of a certified Gyrokinesis Trainer. Laura is our resident Gyrokinesis Trainer.
In line with more traditional types of yoga and martial arts techniques, creator Juliu Horvath's goal with The Gyrotonic Expansion System is to bring the mind, body and soul in to union. This ancient spiritual approach towards overall health has been focused into the emergence of an exercise system that has been created to answer the growing needs of a fast paced, dynamic culture. It is modern day yoga for the modern day individual.
Unlike anything you have experienced, The Gyrotonic Method will spiral your spine and limbs, open your energy centers, safely and effortlessly increase the range of motion in your joints, all while building strength, stamina, flexibility, power and endurance. For those seeking an alternative in place of traditional linear modes of exercise The Gyrotonic Expansion System (made up of The Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Methods) is a low-impact expansion system that can be practiced by everyone regardless of age or fitness capability. A 60 minute Gyrotonic session can be a relaxing and rejuvenating movement experience, or an invigorating and aerobic workout, depending upon the goals and needs of the client that particular day. Whether you are an advanced athlete, a golfer looking to improve his or her game, a beginner student, or perhaps recovering from an injury, Gyrotonic sessions increase flexibility and range of motion dramatically, while at the same time toning and strengthening the entire body.
Is Gyrotonic exercise new?
While the system has been around for a few decades, many have not heard of The Gyrotonic Expansion System. Juliu Horvath, a modern visionary in the world of mind-body development, created the Gyrotonic equipment and exercise after years of intense study and self-exploration seeking to heal his own body. It is a sophisticated mind-body fitness system that ingeniously combines exercise with the energetic awakening and transformation of Chi Kung (and other forms of internal martial arts), the flexibility and balance of yoga, the strength and body toning of weight training, the grace and elegance of dance, the internal focus and calm mind of Tai Chi, along with improved core strength, coordination and aerobic conditioning.
The system has therapeutic applications for people recovering from life's ailments - shoulder injuries, hip replacements, strokes, breast cancer, and surgeries, as well as applications for special times in life - pregnancy, menopause, and aging. The system is applicable to athletes, dancers, golfers, tennis players, martial artists, and us "regular folks" who may be living with chronic back pain, neck and shoulder tension, and more.
The Gyrotonic Equipment
Gyrotonic exercise is performed on unique and beautiful hand-crafted wooden equipment which offers both support and the resistance of water. Exercising on the equipment provides similar benefits as yoga and swimming (producing long lean strong muscles and increased flexibility). Exercises include unique arching, spiraling, curling, and undulating movements (combined with breath, rhythm and flow) with counter balanced weights (yet without any strain to the body). The levers, pulleys and handles provide continuous resistance, developing muscles that are generally ignored in standard exercise approaches, while allowing your body to move in ways no other exercise system does. It is really one of the most ingenious systems available for the human form. In some circles, it is considered the couture of exercise.
Circular rather than linear in nature, Gyrotonic exercise incorporates spiraling and undulating motions on multiple movement planes, moving smoothly back and forth from contraction to expansion with the feel and support as though moving through water. Working on the equipment, allows a release of chronic tension in joints and ligaments while at the same time strengthening the surrounding muscles and connective tissues increasing the functional capacity of the spine and keep the body's energy continuously flowing. Fully adjustable to the needs of every body type and strength level, Gyrotonic movement is used worldwide in therapeutic, dance, sport-specific and general conditioning facilities by people of all ages. It is a system that bridges the gap between Eastern and Western disciplines resulting in total equilibrium and complete freedom of movement.
The main piece of Gyrotonic equipment is the Pulley Tower; however the very first piece of equipment that Juliu created was the Gyrotonic Ladder.
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The Gyrotonic Method is practiced in Private, Semi-Private lessons, and in small Trio Group Lessons under the instruction of a certified Gyrotonic Trainer.
“When you are thankful for life, thankful for everything that surrounds you, it manifests in a certain kind of feeling in the body. An expression toward life. A prayer without words. A prayer of the body.”
~ Juliu Horvath , Creator of the Gyrotonic Expansion System
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