Dani Lieberman
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Gyrotonic

 
The GYROTONIC® method is an original, unique movement practice which has roots in Yoga, Tai Chi, and dance. The exercise sequences are composed of spiraling, circular movements, which flow together seamlessly in rhythmic repetitions, with corresponding breath. With GYROTONIC® exercises, each movement flows into the next, allowing the joints to move through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression. These carefully crafted sequences create balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility.

GYROTONIC® exercise has a therapeutic application that has proven to be very effective in helping people recover from injuries (both chronic and acute), weaknesses, tight and torn muscles and tendons, post surgery, etc. Due to the design of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® machine and the way it allows the body to move freely while being fully supported, people discover that a regular practice heals and prevents back pain, speeds up the recovery process from accidents, illnesses, and surgeries, effectively addresses scoliosis and other structural issues, causes the aging process to become more pleasant and makes life and movement pain-free and enjoyable again.
 
➳ Increases core strength & flexibility.
➳ Improves posture - Sports medics have attributed a more upright and elegant posture to the continuous involvement of the supportive muscles as they are strengthened and stretched.
➳ Puts no stress on joints - Gyrotonics is beneficial for anyone suffering from joint pain -the unique way of securing the pulleys on the GXS machines allows movement without impact.
➳ Leads to better co-ordination - Major muscle groups work together as well as interdependently, which, over time, leads to increased coordination with more efficient muscle recruitment.
➳ Provides supportive spinal mobility - Gyrotonic movements free the spine to move in all directions, so improving back suppleness.
➳ Sculpt long, lean muscles - The lighter weights and emphasis on extending and expanding help build longer, leaner muscle.

+ Gyrotonic vs. pilates:

Pilates and the GYROTONIC® method are each complete systems of mind-body movement. Pilates is more linear and focuses on core strength, proper body mechanics, alignment and building long muscles that are flexible as well as toned. GYROTONIC® movement is three-dimensional and circular. It too strengthens the body’s core muscles from the inside out. However, there is more focus on moving from a strong connection to the body’s energy centers and then trying to “free” the body. GYROTONIC® movement develops increased functional strength and flexibility, while developing coordination, neuromuscular control and re-shaping the body.

+ Why take private lessons?

Beginning with a few private sessions allows Dani the chance to evaluate your skills and/or challenges you’re coming in with, gain an understanding of what your goals are, and observe how the exercise affects your body. With private sessions, you receive the attention, guidance and support you wouldn't be getting in a group class.

+ GYROKINESIS® vs.GYROTONIC®?

GYROKINESIS® methodology was developed before any of the equipment was produced. It is a series of movements done on a stool and a mat that provides complete stimulation for the entire body. GYROTONIC® methodology uses specialized exercise equipment. A typical GYROTONIC® session will include some GYROKINESIS® exercises (usually done as a warm up) before progressing to the equipment for the remainder of the workout. We often ask out clients to do GYROKINESIS® exercises as a homework program in between their sessions. Clients might also take a weekly GYROKINESIS® class so they can fine tune the movements.

+ How often should I do it?

Dani recommends 2-3 workouts per week. That could mean coming in to the studio twice a week and then doing homework program once a week on your own. It could mean a combination of GYROKINESIS® group classes and GYROTONIC® private lessons. Or, it could be mean just taking private lessons. Every person’s needs are different. What is important is that you participate the homework few times a week so that your body has a chance to assimilate the new information.

+ How long till I see results?

Progress is individualized. Some clients feel sore or like they had a great workout after just one session, sometimes it takes others a bit more time. You will learn a different way of moving that will hopefully help your body feel better and stronger—and learning these new concepts and movements may take time. Three sessions allow us Dani to create a solid base from which to work from and give you a better chance to see if this system and her teaching work for you.

+ What if I'm pregnant?

If you began your GYROTONIC® training before the first trimester, exercise can be very beneficial to your pregnancy. GYROKINESIS® classes offer one of the most advantageous forms of post-pregnancy exercise, because of its focus on core control, and the muscles of the abdomen, back and gluteus. As with any exercise program, and especially when pregnancy is concerned, please discuss any interest in establishing an exercise program with your doctor first!

+ What should I wear to class?

Wear clothing in which you are comfortable moving, that will allow you to breathe, bend and stretch. Do not wear anything too loose or bulky as it hinders the Dani's ability to visually analyze body placement. Exercises can be performed either barefoot or in non-slip socks.

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