Wax on, Wax off: Way Beyond Pilates
excerpt from LuxuryFinder.com – Theresa Loong
Bored with your Pilates workout? Looking to challenge your yoga technique? Try the Gyrotonic Expansion System, nicknamed GXS, for an intense diversion.
Be forewarned – the GXS machines look like large instruments of torture. Crafted from wood and steel, they have a series of leather straps and pulleys. The exercise studios are clean but unglamorous. Yet the workout is amazing “The rotational movements are great for older women, golfers and baseball players,”says instructor Angela Sundberg of Bodyscapes in Scottsdale, Arizona. Athletes like it because it’s like lubricating the joints.” Through word of mouth, Gyrotonics has generated a presence in major cities throughout the world: London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, New York and more. “Gyrotonics appeals to those looking for a more intelligent body-training method,” says master teacher Juergen Baberger of YogaMoves GXS, New York’s foremost Gyrotonics center. Utilizing principles from kundalini yoga, dance and the martial arts, Gyrotonics helps improve balance, flexibility and strength. Small wonder then that celebrities who have worked with the system include Patrick Swayze, Susan Jaffe of the American Ballet Theatre, Bernadette Peters, Randy Johnson and golfer Andrew Magee.
The secret to GXS’ success is its emphasis on making circular movements, instead of stagnating with linear back-and-forth motions. Explains Juliru Horvath, a former dancer and the found of this method, “This is turning about, as in a whirlpool or a tornado that takes things and turns them from the center.'” The progressions begin with a move called the “arch and curl.” It’s the essence of the workout, drawing a perfect circle with your whole body, using twisting, repetitive movements. Altogether, the exercises work the abs, buttocks and legs to help maintain your well-toned physique. view the original article…