Earlier in the week, I spent a few hours with Diane O'Del
l of BodyPuzzle
in Issaquah, Washington to experience Gyrotonics
, a system of fluid movement that creates increased strength and flexibility in the body.
Diane is an excellent teacher. She demonstrated movements using a Pulley Tower and bench system fitted with weights and pulleys then allowed me to experience them myself. Diane carefully adjusted my body position and discussed the proper placement and, more importantly, the feel of the movement.
I went through a series of fluid spiral movements with my upper limbs, lower limbs and torso. Each movement had accompanying breath and eye focus to help with balance and energy. The movements reminded me of tai chi and yoga. Diane commented on my "body awareness" because I moved my arms without my shoulders rising to my ears.
Some of the conditions that I could see benefiting from Gyrotonics are:
- joint injuries
- sports injuries
If you're interested in a gentle, fluid expercise system with personal instruction, contact Diane@bodypuzzle.com.