Sept. 8, 2010 – Katy, TX – Carol Meyer, one of the Katy areaâ€™s first certified GYROTONICÂ® instructors, will offer a free GYROTONICÂ® demonstration Tuesday, September 14, 10 a.m. at the Firethorne Community Center. 28128 N. Firethorne Road.
A life-long ballet dancer, Meyer credits the GYROTONICÂ® three-dimensional spiraling-toning system to helping renew her movement and spirit after years of chronic pain and is committed to helping others do the same. Â JuicePlus+ energy shakes will be served following the demonstration.Â
According to Meyer, celebrities and professional athletes such as Madonna, Teri Hatcher, Juliette Moore and Shaquille Oâ€™Neal subscribe to GYROTONICÂ®, a revolutionary movement program that stretches and strengthens the muscles, increases range of motion and helps to develop coordination.Â â€œIt can help improve oneâ€™s golf or tennis game because it lets the body move without restriction,â€ said Meyer, who has a degenerative disc disease and scoliosis.
Also well-known in the international dance community, GYROTONICÂ® methodology has been featured on â€œRegis and Kellyâ€ and â€œThe Rachael Ray Show.â€Â
Juliu Horvath, a Romanian gymnast, dancer and swimmer, developed GYROTONICÂ® equipment about 20 years ago in Germany after sustaining multiple injuries.Â He designed it around the musculature of the body with exercises that articulate and lubricate the joints, elongate and stretch the spine, and strengthen the muscles. The modality benefits people of all ages and body types for general conditioning.Â But it is invaluable for those who are physically challenged; athletes, such as gymnasts, runners, golfers and tennis players; professional dancers; people in rehabilitation after injuries; and others with scoliosis, arthritis, osteoporosis and diseases of the central nervous system. Gyrotonic creates space within the joints that relieve the pain caused by arthritis as well as improves scoliosis.
The workouts begin with a series of spinal motions and stretches that use continuous, circular patterns to create rhythm in the body, fluidity and spinal flexibility. Then a specially designed pulley tower is used to address a sequence of exercises beginning with the arch/curl of the spine, the hamstrings, the upper body and abdominals series, the seated legwork, and the upper body openings, specifically designed for the shoulder girdle.
GYROTONICÂ® exercises allow the joints and muscles to move freely once again, creating increased range of motion and flexibility. In Meyerâ€™s case, her symptoms have diminished with daily progressive workouts on the Pulley Tower and/or bench, although she still has some numbness in her lower back.Â The feeling was restored just this year, she noted. Therapeutic assistance is given during each exercise, feeling much like a massage, she explained.
Meyer currently holds classes bi-weekly for seniors at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church (where she also choreographs and performs liturgical dance) and conducts private lessons in Katy, Houston (Pilates Concepts) and Sugar Land (Bodycirque) by appointment.
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