What inspired you to develop this course? A diagnosis of osteoporosis can be alarming for clients, and some of them become afraid to move their spines at all or feel uncertain about what types of movements are beneficial for them. They bring this worry into their GYROTONIC®sessions. Others lack the body awareness or knowledge to avoid potentially harmful movements. I wanted to create a course that would give teachers tools and information they can use to work confidently and safely within the GYROTONIC® system with clients who have been diagnosed with or are concerned about bone loss/health and preventing falls/fractures. There are varying levels of severity with osteoporosis and my course includes some modifications of the Level 1 material that are safe and beneficial for people at each level, as well as new exercises approved by Juliu Horvath to specifically address bone remodeling and balance.
Who is this course intended for, and why should someone take the course? This course is intended for GYROTONIC® instructors who work with older clients or clients of any age who have experienced bone loss or want to improve their balance. In the course, students learn to:
"I am a GYROTONIC® teacher of 20 years and a bodyworker for 15. Justine's osteoporosis course if one of the most clear, fun, and useful workshops I have ever taken. I use her exercises every day with clients. Her exercises have helped not only wtih my osteo clients, but anyone needing to work on balance, coordination, and strength. Her standing and walking series are unique to this program and I would recommend everyone take this course to learn these amazing exercises." Heather
"The Osteoporosis for GYROTONIC® method is a course that benefits anyone interested in working with a population concerned about bone health. As someone with osteoporosis and osteopenia, I found the course work extremely beneficial for myself and my clientele. I was able to keep my T-Score in my hips steady since doing the program designed by Dr Justine Bernard. Like many of the special courses offered, the exercises developed are fun and encourage the imagination to keep creating within the framework of the program. Justine presents the most up to date research in PowerPoint slides along with an easy to follow take home exercise handout. The course is a full workout leaving you feeling satisfied and wanting more." Amy
"I have several clients for whom osteoporosis is an issue. Before taking Justine's course, I was wary of having them move their spines much during sessions. After taking the course, I feel much more confident talking to them about their osteoporosis because now I understand their answers better. I'm also much more confident in what movements I'm asking them to make during sessions because I feel I now understand their individual parameters better and I have more of an overall plan for what I'd like to achieve with each person. I feel like I have a greater pool of ideas for how to approach the goals, and my clients definitely appreciate the new variety too." Julia
"I thought that the GYROTONIC® Applications for Osteoporosis course was incredible. It was well paced and had a nice combination of lecture and movement. I appreciated learning the new material and getting clarification on some questions I'd had for a while. The one-on-one attention given to each student was very helpful in honing the skills of observation and correction. I feel well rehearsed in the material and comfortable working with students with osteoporosis." Helen
Is there any additional information or comments you would like to add about your course that we haven't already covered? The posture and balance information covered in this course if also very helpful for working with any clients who have balance issues or an increased fall risk, including people with peripheral neuropathy, stroke, Parkinson's, MS, or anyone who has fallen previously.
Dr. Justine Bernard began studying Gyrokinesis®, then known as Yoga for Dancers, in 1994 with Hillary Cartwright while on scholarship at The Ailey School for Dance in New York, NY. She also studied with Juliu Horvath at White Cloud and became certified to teach GYROTONIC® exercise in 1997 and GYROKINESIS® in 1999. She taught at Studio Riverside under the guidance of authorized master trainer Leda Franklin for many years. In 2003 she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons specializing in Neurological and Orthopedic Rehabilitation. After working at St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center as a physical therapist, she returned back home to Washington, DC to teach Gyrotonic® exercise and open a private physical therapy practice. Dr. Bernard is currently a GYROTONIC® Master Trainer in Washington D.C. and owns Elements Fitness and Wellness Center, a complete GYROTONIC® studio which also offers physical therapy, acupuncture and massage therapy.