What Our Clients are saying about GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®
Why do I do GYROTONIC?
As a 3x Ironman, ultra-distance runner, mountain biker and endurance sport junkie, I have probably spent as much time being injured as I have spent competing over the past few years. In August of 2012, I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. I received four rounds of chemotherapy and 10 treatments of radiation, all while I continued to train and race. After my last Ironman in October of 2016, I found that I was unable to recover properly or find relief from several areas of constant pain. I tried many types of therapeutic programs (yoga, physical and massage therapy, chiropractic care, injections) but long-lasting relief from pain and the fluid mobility I was looking for was elusive.
I had become very adept at compensating for pain and weakness by using bad movement patterns when I strength trained, biked and ran. I could ‘muscle through’ movements because I was strong but eventually, regardless of how hard I worked, I was unable to make strength or speed gains in any of the sports I loved. I finally went to see an orthopedic surgeon who took x-rays of my spine, and the results alarmed me almost more than my cancer diagnosis! My spine looked like a question mark without an answer, and the doctor asked me if I had been hit by a car! Years of tight muscles and bad movement patterns had contributed to chronic low back and hip pain and tightness, and I finally knew why I was hurting so much. I was diagnosed with scoliosis, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and had several areas of torque and rotation where there should be none. I was a mess and didn’t want to have surgery, but I felt like my options were becoming limited.
While I laid on my massage therapists’ table, I lamented that I had to find some way to get my body, particularly my spine, to move properly without being in constant pain or I was going to have to give up doing the things I loved. She suggested I meet with Anne Thomasson, owner of GYROTONIC ST. LOUIS CENTRAL and a master practitioner of GYROKINESIS and GYROTONIC. Anne was confident that she could help me, if I was willing to work hard (not a problem) and be patient (more of a problem). I agreed to try a session with her and that was all it took! I realized I had found something different, something better, and something that was going to be a long-term game changer for me!
I am, and probably always will be a work in progress, but GYROTONIC has taught me how to use the proper muscles to develop flexibility and strength, and how to apply the technique to every movement I use in daily life. I no longer need to work so hard to overcome tightness and weaknesses, but rather I work my muscles in the way they were designed to move. Not to say it isn’t hard work…it is probably the most challenging mental and physical workout I have done, but the rewards are well worth the commitment and investment I have made. I am on the road to regaining the strength and mobility I need to return to the sports I love, and GYROTONIC will always be the ‘not-so-secret’ weapon in my arsenal of tools, to keep me moving in whatever direction I choose!
I have grappled with health issues much of my life. Being in my fifth decade has brought a whole new meaning to healing. Those of you who have reached that decade know of what I speak. Each season has its gifts and its challenges. I love being in my fifth decade because I have had some brushes with the reality of my mortality and feel lucky to be here. My own mother didn’t make it to this decade. By giving to yourself, the joy of life can blossom. By showing love of self with regular massage, at least seasonal tune-up meridian therapy acupuncture sessions, and a passion filled exercise program, you too can feel lucky to be alive and revel in the living of it. Let me share with you my latest exercise passion, GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®.
Anne Thomasson has been a professional associate and someone whom I have called friend for perhaps two decades. I have always thought her to be a dedicated and passionate person. We seem to share that. I trust her. A couple of years ago, I began learning GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® from her and one of her trainees. But money got tight and I stopped justifying it for myself. That, I have come to learn, was folly. This past July my back decided to teach me about repetitive stress injury pain. I have been leaning over a therapy table since 1989 as a full time alternative health care provider and not participating in cross training. Yes! even though I tell my patients all the time to be cognizant of that very thing. So when I became encumbered I first turned to my own medicines. Once my energetic core had been re-established I had the judgement to add an exercise routine to my lifestyle. I turned to Gyro as I had really enjoyed it when I had done it in the past. It has been the right thing for me to turn to. Let me tell you why I like it so much.
I like GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® so much because it claims to be an energy based therapy. They talk of and call upon the “fifth line” of energy. It has taken me some time to get a sense of what that means. It is an experiential thing. I will try and describe it. But you will really need to experience it yourself to fully understand it. My sense is this: being aware of the energy that fills your body from the inside out and the energy that presses in on you from the outside to inside seems to be the crux. Each of the movements has a counter stabilizing force. At the most basic in Oriental philosophy, I believe that to be the concept of yin and yang. Yin collects and yang expands. Yin holds and yang moves. Yang has a seed of yin and visa versa.
I am proud to know Anne and am grateful to her for bringing to St. Louis, MO such a fabulous self empowerment program. I am also grateful to her as Body Fusion has become our first retailer (besides us) of the Te A Te Reiki Healing Energy Blanket. Living the healed life is easier when you have the right tools. These are natural healing tools that are within easy reach. It only takes you to embrace them and use them. Hope to see you at a class soon.
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