Hi folks, I’m Lisa and thanks for finding your way to my website.
I am a certified GYROKINESIS® instructor and Pilates instructor based in Edinburgh, Scotland. I teach weekly group classes in both methods of exercise in The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh. I also offer personally-tailored one-to-one sessions.
What on earth is Gyrokinesis I hear you cry? It’s a type of exercise that not only provides your body with a great workout but leaves you feeling strong as well as calm and relaxed – I know, an unusual mix!
I discovered Gyrotonic (the younger brother of Gyrokinesis, or Gyrokinesis on machines!) in 2011 when I was struggling to manage a chronic pain condition I had recently been diagnosed with called Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia, if you haven’t heard of it, is a condition which causes all over body pain, sensitivities, anxiety, panic attacks and lots more not-very-nice things. I went from being very fit and active to being unable to walk or even sit or stand without extreme agony, never mind play tennis, run, cycle or go to the gym like I used to. My job sitting at a computer all day became unbearably painful.
Determined to not simply ‘manage the pain levels’, I looked for some form of exercise that I could do that wouldn’t cause me pain. Cue Gyrotonic. Even in the first session, I felt fantastic, stronger, longer, calmer, there was hope! Not only that but each movement felt amazing and it was so different from anything I had tried before. Gyrotonic helped me so much (and I enjoyed it SO much) I took advantage of an opportunity that came my way to become a Gyrokinesis instructor. (Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic are the same form of exercise, they have the same moves and principles. Gyrokinesis is performed on mats and stools and Gyrotonic is performed on machines.)
After several years of attending Pilates classes as a participant, I decided it was about time I added Pilates to my teaching repertoire. Pilates taught me how to get in touch with my body, how to feel where my joints were in space (being hypermobile I no idea!) which then allowed me to make adjustments to correct my poor posture and the bad habits I picked up over the years. I learned how to move my body safely and then slowly to build core strength to help my body keep everything in place. My style of Pilates teaching is gentle (which does not mean easy) but effective – at times the alignment is the exercise! – any pain means no gain in my experience.
I wouldn’t say I’m healed from Fibromyalgia, but I have come a long way in reducing my pain, being able to do my day job, getting active and enjoying life again. Gyrokinesis and Pilates have played a big part in my recovery and I’m excited about sharing the amazing benefits that these alternative forms of exercise have to offer with you all.