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Ballet Stretch and Tone Dance Gyrokinesis Gyrotonic Kate Menzies Kitchen Ballet Barre

About Kate

Prior to forming The Movement Studio, Kate Menzies was best-known as a professional ballet dancer with Scottish ballet. Today she is highly regarded for her abilities to rehabilitate injuries both within as well as outside of the dance world. Kate works with a huge demographic of ages, injuries and abilities and has had huge success in rehabilitating many injuries from back pain and sciatica to broken bones and neural conditions. Alongside her clients at The Movement Studio she is also Scottish Ballet’s Gyrotonic and Ballet Rehab practitioner.

Kate 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 ten 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. During her various phases of rehabilitation, she searched for something which could maintain her fitness without further compromising her back injury.

Kate was led to Gyrotonic and was amazed by its precision and effects as an exercise regime.  Gyrotonic 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 dancers but that Gyrotonic 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, Gyrotoner, Leg Extension Unit 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.

Kate particularly enjoys working with people with injuries and has had huge success in this area. She uses her background of movement to enable others to move and get the most out of their own bodies after injury. After three children 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.

Kate also uses her dance experience to help professional and non-professional dancers of all ages. She has developed a unique skill set to rehab dancers and also to improve their technique and understanding of their own bodies and movements.


Gyrotonic was recommended to me 4yrs ago as, increasingly,
I was suffering both joint and muscular pain and did not have the range or ease
of movement which I required for both my work as a PE lecturer and my continued
participation in a variety of sports. I really thought I might not be able to continue skiing – something I did not
want to consider.

Gyrotonic has made an immense difference to my situation. It has improved my overall flexibility and
has built up my core strength. It has allowed me to continue working in a
practical setting with students and to still participate both in the sports
which I enjoy and annual family skiing holidays. Gyrotonics continually challenges me to be
aware of my own body and how it is moving, or not as often is the case!! It is hard work but Fin is an excellent
teacher with a depth of knowledge as to the most appropriate programme,
tailored to meet my specific needs. I enjoy working with him and after each session feel better, feel less
stressed and feel as if my body has been really “stretched out”. I thoroughly recommend Gyrotonic as a
holistic approach to wellbeing.


Mary McLean Glasgow University Lecturer

As a former professional Ballet dancer I have GYROTONIC to be extremely helpful in rehabilitation and injury prevention. Due to its nature it also allows people to regain control and an awareness of their bodies that they had when they were younger. This gives them much more freedom and happiness in their lives. As an alternative to traditional exercise it provides greater awareness and balance through the muscles encouraging a healthier and more flexible physique.


Kate Menzies Former Professional Ballet Dancer

After having three children and suffering from constant backache, Gyrotonic has helped me increase not only my core strength but I feel stronger all over. My pain has been greatly reduced and its definitely increased my range of movement. I'd recommend it to those wanting to see some definite results even after a few sessions.


Dr Abida Cathcart General Practitioner

Gyrotonics was recommended to me 4yrs ago as, increasingly, I was suffering both joint and muscular pain and did not have the range or ease of movement which I required for both my work as a PE lecturer and my continued participation in a variety of sports. I really thought I might not be able to continue skiing – something I did not want to consider

Gyrotonics has made an immense difference to my situation. It has improved my overall flexibility and has built up my core strength. It has allowed me to continue working in a practical setting with students and to still participate both in the sports which I enjoy and annual family skiing holidays. Gyrotonics continually challenges me to be aware of my own body and how it is moving, or not as often is the case!! It is hard work but Fin is an excellent teacher with a depth of knowledge as to the most appropriate programme, tailored to meet my specific needs. I enjoy working with him and after each session feel better, feel less stressed and feel as if my body has been really “stretched out”. I thoroughly recommend gyrotonics as a holistic approach to wellbeing .


Mary McLean Glasgow University

I suffered debilitating, chronic lower back pain for years. Iattended several clinicians with very mixed results. Eventually, in desperation, I stumbled into the Park Practice and was seen by Dr Dawn Blaser, chiropractor. Dr Blaser has been absolutely marvellous in providing relief and greatly alleviating the problem. However, she was aware that underlying poor posture and a semi-sedentary office lifestyle were major contributing factors to my condition. I am eternally grateful to Dr Blaser for recommending The Movement Studio to me for Gyrotonics exercise.
I now attend the Studio regularly and really feel the benefit. I am more active but hurt my back and require chiropractic treatment very much less frequently; the extent of the resulting injury now tends to be minor, and the recovery time is rapid.
I have enjoyed personal tuition from Kate and Finlay Menzies. My posture has improved dramatically, I am more flexible and active. My breathing is improved. I can happily undertake physical activities which would have crippled me previously. I am experiencing steady, ongoing improvement in my physical wellbeing.


Nigel Kelly

After having three children and suffering from constant backache, gyrotonic has helped me increase not only my core strength but I feel stronger all over. My pain has been greatly reduced and its definitely increased my range of movement. I’d recommend it to those wanting to see some definite results even after a few sessions.


Dr Abida Cathcart General Practitioner
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Ballet Basics Barre

Join Kate On Fridays at 11am for a ballet barre. this is a basic barre focussing on correct technique and is suitable for complete beginners as well as those trying to improve their technique and knowledge.

The class lasts for 45 minutes and all you need is some space and something to hold onto (kitchen worksurface / chair) The cost is £6 . Feel free to contact Kate if you have any questions prior to or after the class.

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Ballet Coaching Online

This is the perfect time to refine your technique and increase your capability to perform the way you want to.

From Professionals to students of all ages and levels, Kate can help you with areas that you may struggle with.

You can go back to your ballet class after lockdown with a renewed technique and confidence.

Book a class or one-to-one appointment with Kate.

Contact Kate via email info@themovementstudio.co.uk, call on 07816 842 074 or use the contact form below if you require help or advice.