Pilates in the AIR
GYROKINESIS is the heart and soul of the GYROTONIC system. GYROKINESIS is a unique blend of three of Laura's favorite disciplines: Kundalini Yoga, dance and Chi Kung. This flowing "Yoga in Motion" practice is designed to awaken your senses, help you move energy, mobilize your spine, lengthen your muscles, build strength without bulk, and find beauty, grace and ease in movement. The practice has flowing movements combined with the breath and a focused intention on freeing, cultivating and moving life force energy (chi or prana) along with creating more spaciousness within the body, joints and muscles and moving with grace and ease.
The first part of a GYROKINESIS session is generally taught seated on stools (although it can be adapted to begin on the floor). The stools allow for ease in the hips as we mobilize our spines, shoulders, and legs. The second part is more like traditional Kundalini Yoga performed kneeling, seating, standing or laying on a mat. An experience not to be missed!
GYROKINESIS is also taught as a group class. All levels with a reasonable amount of fitness are welcome.
"Body Rolling is a therapeutic self-care practice for mind-body centered practitioners and an educational tool used by massage therapists to empower clients to develop a deeper and more subtle relationship with their own bodies."Roll away tension and stress, improve circulation, loosen muscles, and feel lighter and more free.
Body Rolling uses a series of small balls in specific patterns to create an atmosphere of self massage and self care. Body Rolling is sometimes JUST what the body ordered.
Many people are aware of the many benefits of foam rolling: increased flexibility, improved blood circulation through fascia and muscles, the breaking down of scar tissue—just to name a few. The foam roller treats the body as one whole muscle. And while the benefits of the foam roller are good, rolling on the ball is three dimensional and is muscle specific, allowing you to get in and around each joint (ie. hip and shoulder), and align each vertebra, creating space.
Body rolling is an exceptional way to increase relaxation, promote circulation, release tight fascia, and it's also a bit of a core workout. We find body rolling to be a great self care tool for our clients, both in the studio during sessions as well as at home or during travel. We also utilize body rolling in our Pilates Teacher Training program to assist students with experiential anatomy.
Did you know…
Physicians now agree that over 70% of diseases and illnesses are stress related and preventable?
Mind-Body Practices at Kona Pilates are designed to assist you in preventing illness and improving your health on all levels.
Chi Kung for Healing
You're heard of Aerial Yoga? This is Laura's creation of taking Pilates to the AIR!
More info coming soon...
In addition to the our programs of Massage, STOTT Pilates, and GYROTONIC exercise, Laura offers these incredible Mind-Body practices. All of these are taught in Private and Duet lessons (our usual rates apply). Sessions are generally 60 minutes in length, unless otherwise requested. These practices can be booked as a stand-alone single session, or can be incorporated into your regularly schedule appointment with Laura. Curious about any of these? Ask Laura to share some elements in YOUR next private lesson!
GYROKINESIS, Chi Kung, Breathwork, and Body Rolling are also available for businesses as stress management programs for your employees. Talk with Laura to make arrangements. Your employees will love you for this gift of health.
Chi Kung, or Qigong, originated in China around 5,000 years ago. Qigong is made up of two Chinese characters Qi (or chi) and Gong (or Kung). Qi (pronounced chi) is the “vital energy” or “life force.” Master Mantak Chia describes Qi as "the glue between our body, mind, and spirit, the link between our perception of the inner and outer worlds." Qi may also be thought of as electricity. It can't be seen, yet it can most certainly be felt. Gong has several meanings such as art, skill, work, exercise, manipulation, and self-discipline. When you combine these two into Chi Kung, it stands for “cultivation of energy.”
In traditional Chinese medicine (which works within the framework of preventing illness or injury versus providing care only afterwards), an exercise should consist of two equally important parts, the “inner” and “outer” aspects of exercise. The inner aspect influences the meridians (the energy pathways of the body) and the organs, while the outer aspect influences the muscles, joints, ligaments and bones. Qigong can accomplish both missions.
Numerous research studies have been performed by groups such as the National Institute on Aging, The National Institute of Health, and countless medical centers and universities. These studies have shown, time and time again, the value of adding Chi Kung to one’s life.
Breathwork sessions draw techniques from ancient Yoga blended into the modern science of biofeedback. This was an area of focus for Laura in her graduate school education.
Breathwork is easy to learn, easy to do, and brings HUGE health benefits.
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