A Sneak Peak at our Medieval Torture Devices (AKA Pilates & GYROTONIC® Equipment)




Some of the most common questions we get when new clients walk in the studio for the first time are:

“What in the heck is this crazy looking equipment?”

“What do Pilates and Gyrotonic exercises look like?”

“Am I actually going to be working out on those medieval looking torture devices?”

I love these questions that we get at the studio on a weekly basis. Before I start to answer these, I want to discuss a few things. After many years in this industry, I have come to the realization that the general public typically does not know much about Physical Therapy or what a Physical Therapist does… Especially a PT that uses Pilates and Gyrotonic equipment… The truth is, there are so many possibilities for a Physical Therapist, from working in a hospital setting, to an assisted living facility, to home health, to schools, in gyms, crossfit boxes or Pilates Studios, to typical private practice. A PT can specialize in pediatrics, geriatrics, wound care, back pain, overhead athletes, vertigo, women’s health and so on and so forth…

Watch the video to see the type of Physical Therapy and Pilates/Gyrotonic studio that our team has created in Austin.

The general public does not know what Pilates is other than a huge mat class that is offered at their gym or the watered down corporate versions that are popping up everywhere and are not really pilates…and has never even heard of Gyrotonic…

Pilates has been around almost a hundred years (the original Patton on the Pilates Reformer was in the 1920’s) and Gyrotonic has been around since the 1970’s/80’s…

With all of that said, we stopped talking about Physical Therapy, Pilates and Gyrotonic and started talking about the transformations that we provide to our clients… How we can help people sleep through the night, lift their kids or grandkids again, return to running or tennis, sit in the bleachers without back pain, have improved form with their work outs, return to social activities with friends, etc…

Most of our word of mouth referrals come in because we can help people reach their goals and get back to doing the things they love that pain was preventing them from doing. For the most part, they are not referred to me because I am a PT who uses myofascial release with mindful exercise to improve awareness and posture with that funny looking Pilates and Gyrotonic equipment…

A quick example: I had a 55 year old guy that had shoulder surgery. His pharmacist told him to see me and explained how much I had had helped him after his surgery. He never mentioned the modalities I used, he just said go see Stephen. So after seeing this new client for a few weeks and after he was cleared of restrictions from his surgeon, we progressed from manual therapy to active exercise using the handles on the Gyrotonic machine for increased mobility. Then as he got better and better, we added work on the Pilates reformer to challenge his strength. After a good 6 weeks of using the Pilates and Gyrotonic equipment, he asked me “What is Pilates and Gyrotonic? When do I get to try them?” He had seen these words around the studio and was just asking… It was funny.

I hope you enjoy the video and the story…

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Stephen Dunn

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