Be Holistic for the Holidays and Ease your Winter Blues: Manage Your Anxiety Through Practicing GYROTONIC® Techniques

Emily McVicker
Updated 11/24/2017 8:36 AM
  • Emily McVicker

    Emily McVicker

Anxiety: A very familiar word Americans know all too well, yet don't talk about. Anxiety disorder is the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting more than 18% of the population each year, but of that 18%, approximately 63% don't do anything about it. Sometimes, life throws curveballs, causing you to feel stressed, nervous, or under immense pressure. You are consumed by unbearable stress and that sick-to-your-stomach "butterfly" feeling. Your heart races, you start to sweat, and it is difficult to breathe. Most people describe this as feeling anxious, and it's completely natural…to an extent.

A minimal amount of anxiety from time to time is normal. But when it affects your everyday life, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder, and it may be time to get it under control. People report feeling more anxious during the winter season. This is commonly known as "seasonal anxiety."

Although in some cases it is necessary, many people do not want to turn to pharmaceutical drugs to ease anxiety. If you are one of those people who fall under this category, there are more natural, holistic methods that work just as well.

By definition, Holistic medicine "is a form of healing that considers the whole person - body, mind, spirit, and emotions - in the quest for optimal health and wellness." Wellness is a delicate equilibrium, and anxiety throws off this balance. The big question is: how do we become balanced again to achieve overall wellness and meet our full health potential? Here's a start: The GYROTONIC® movement system.

GYROTONIC® is a revolutionary movement system that incorporates a series of gentle circular movements of yoga, tai chi, gymnastics, dance and swimming and is performed on specialized equipment to simultaneously stretch and strengthen the entire body with minimal effort. It was created for anyone looking to increase their overall strength, flexibility, range of motion or athletic performance, from accomplished athletes and fitness enthusiasts to seniors and rehabilitation clients who find they recover quicker, and more fully post injury.

Gyrotonic is not just practiced to improve health, it is also proven to improve mental health as well. People are discovering that practicing the Gyrotonic method eases their anxiety.

"A lot of my clients came to me to help with post-injury rehabilitation and to ease chronic pain, but continued to book sessions because of the additional benefits they felt from practicing Gyrotonic, such as an increase in mental clarity, energy, and mood, and a decrease in anxiety and fatigue." said Amy Pena, SPYRL Chicago's senior instructor, studio director and trainer. "Most people have no idea how good they are supposed to feel until they try Gyrotonic. My clients leave each session in less pain, and also feel rejuvenated, relaxed, and focused."

Gyrotonic clients claim that Gyrotonic is therapeutic and relaxing, having the same calming effect as yoga or meditation. The movements of Gyrotonic boost healthy breathing & diaphragm function. Gyrotonic is proven to lessen stress, boost emotional balance & grounding, open vital energy pathways, and increase energy.

The key to managing anxiety is self-awareness. Listen to your body and mind. If something feels off, don't ignore it. If you want to feel your best and kick the winter blues to the curb, consider trying a holistic method like Gyrotonic to relieve anxiety and ultimately achieve overall wellness.


SPYRL Chicago is a new, bright, light-filled GYROTONIC® studio conveniently located at 1781 Green Bay Road, south of Central Avenue in Downtown Highland Park. The studio is just two blocks west of the Highland Park Metra Station and has ample free parking. SPYRL offers private and semi-private sessions. Hours are currently by appointment only. The public is invited to call 847-348-0822 or email for more information.

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