Movement Therapy

MOVEMENT IS THERAPY. Moving with confidence, power and grace is not a condition of youth–it is a condition of USE. So how you move your body through even the most mundane tasks can determine how your body will feel as you age. Will you have aches and pains and will they be chronic? Will you shuffle when you walk, lose your balance easily, stop doing the things you love? Or will you keep a spring in your step, catch your balance well if you’re falling, be resilient against the impact if you don’t? Will you live the way you want as long as you want?

Too often the demands of our jobs, hobbies, illnesses and injuries create layers of tension in our bodies that thwart healthy movement. At ODayMMT, the goal is to build strength, flexibility and balance WITH AWARENESS, learning how to apply all the healthy principles of movement that are used in class to what you do outside of class.

MOVEMENT IS AGELESS. Our bodies are miracles of design, meant to move with efficiency, stability and broad range of motion–no matter what your age. Many ODayMMT students started making significant, positive changes to the way they move after decades of poor use and chronic pain, some as late as their 70’s. It’s never too late to begin. Try any or all of the 3 types of classes offered at ODayMMT–Strength in Motion, GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® Training–and choose what you enjoy the most. You can’t go wrong!

About STRENGTH IN MOTION~
Strength in Motion is a unique workout that builds more than muscle. Small, weighted clubs are swung rhythmically through the body’s full range of motion, creating strong, balanced and coordinated movement in every direction. It decompresses joints and tissues and develops more buoyant, elastic connective tissue, increasing the body’s resiliency against falls or sudden impacts. Clubs come in a variety of weights; students are matched to the weight appropriate to their fitness level. Students from age 15 to their 90’s can participate safely. All movements are modifiable.
Strength in Motion, developed by Julie O’Day, is based on principles of healthy movement found in yoga, Alexander Technique and Gyrotonic® Training.

About GYROKINESIS®~
GYROKINESIS® is a small group format within the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. It requires minimal equipment and is practiced mainly on low stools, on the floor and standing. It is non-impact, adaptable for all ages and fitness levels, and is particularly good for restoring range of motion and rebuilding strength and flexibility after injury, illness or prolonged lack of activity.
GYROKINESIS® LEVEL ONE
For beginners or students who enjoy a slower pace and more detail. Covers basic dynamics for healthy movement with a special focus on breathing, proper core use and spine strength and flexibility.
GYROKINESIS® LEVEL TWO
Movement and breath are seamlessly connected to stimulate multiple systems of the body while increasing coordination, stability and mobility. A dynamic physical and energetic workout. Previous experience or being generally healthy and injury-free recommended.

About GYROTONIC® Training~
GYROTONIC® Training is therapeutic exercise that emphasizes a healthy spine. It reliably reduces chronic pain, developing deep core awareness, stronger postural muscles and increased joint mobility. Muscles become lean and supple, and fascia is restored to it’s original elastic, spring-like state. It is non-impact, adaptable for all ages and fitness levels, and is particularly good for restoring range of motion and rebuilding strength and flexibility after injury, illness or prolonged lack of activity.
Classes are individual, by appointment only, and use the GYROTONIC® Pulley Tower and other equipment.


Video by Angela Blumberg, GYROTONIC® Toronto, with permission.

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