Cut to the Core: The Benefits of Gyrotonic Exercise
Gyrotonic exercise produces long, lean bodiesâ€”and may reduce the need for surgery.
Stop by Charles River Gyrotonic, in Allston, and you might glimpse Gisele BĂĽndchen among the participants performing circular movements on a Pulley Tower machine, which looks a bit like a medieval torture device.
Not only does this low-impact regimen strengthen spines, tone cores, and improve flexibility, but owner Veronique Breen says the repeated rotation helped fix her knee. â€śI had an MRI, and they realized that [the knee] had improvedâ€ť with the exercises, she says.
It makes sense, then, that Gyrotonic machines are being used as part of physical-therapy programs at rehab centers around town. And in a recent study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors at Brigham and Womenâ€™s Hospital found that physical therapy is just as effective for a torn meniscus as surgery.
Martha Mason, a partner at Cambridgeâ€™s Upward Spiral Studio, says she often sees clients who have disk injuries, scoliosis, hip issues, and other ailmentsâ€”many of whom use Gyrotonics as a way to avoid going under the knife. â€śYou can get a workout while you are seated,â€ť Mason says. â€śItâ€™s like physical therapy on steroids, and you feel incredible afterward.â€ť
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