Prior to becoming a Gyrotonic practitioner in 2003, Kate Menzies was best-known as a professional ballet dancer with Scottish ballet. She began her training at the dance school of Scotland before being accepted at the Royal Ballet school in London. She danced with Birmingham Royal ballet and the Royal Ballet before joining Scottish ballet in 1995 where she remained for nine years before retiring aged 29, to start her own business.
Kate had always had a keen interest in sport and exercise but during her career she developed a back injury which periodically disrupted her work. During her various phases of rehabilitation she searched for something which could maintain her fitness without further compromising on her back injury. Kate was led to Gyrotonic and was amazed by its precision and effects as an exercise regime. Gyrotonics not only allowed her to keep up the required standard of extreme fitness a dancer requires but also manage and recover from her injury in a controlled and safe way. On her return to rehearsals Kate felt stronger, sharper and able to hone her technique in a new and more effective way. Kate realised the benefits of Gyrotonic were not only essential for the dancers of Scottish Ballet, who she instructed upon retirement, but that Gyrotonics could provide a huge benefit to people with or without injuries and from all walks of life. After retiring from her dancing career she soon became Scottish ballets resident Gyrotonic trainer and also began the business, originally called “Equilibrium Exercise”. Kate is a trained and certified Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis practitioner. She has also completed training in the Jumping Stretching Board and GYROTONIC for Golf. With a lifelong passion in the art and science of the moving body she continues to expand her knowledge within her chosen field with study in disciplines as diverse as Biomechanics and Movement Therapy.
After having her two boys Kate has had first hand experience at how GYROTONIC helps pre, during and post pregnancy and runs sessions specifically designed for both mothers and mothers to be.
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Check out Kate's exercise video's made with Scottish Ballet.
I first came to Gyrotonics about 5 years ago. Why was I drawn to it? I had previously had two episodes of back surgery, for prolapsed discs, and had slowly recovered doing a lot – about an hour every day – of yoga. Yes, the yoga helped, but I felt any improvement had plateau’d.‘’
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