With over ten years of professional teaching experience, we offer only the highest quality instruction to our community. We have studied under Master Teachers in the modalities of GYROTONICⓇ Yoga, and Pilates, and have applied these methods to our professional dance careers. As passionate teachers and lifelong students, we are curious about where classical methods like Yoga, Pilates, and GYROTONICⓇ intersect and where they stand apart. We aim to carefully integrate our training and offer a blend that emphasizes experiential anatomy, creative imagery, and rhythmic breathing and movement.
Cranio Sacral Therapy
Second Generation Pilates Educator, Certified Yoga Instructor, Intuitive Bodywork
Certified Level 2 Iyengar Instructor
We want to see you thrive in your daily life, comfortable in your own skin and move with less pain and more ease. Whether you are an athlete looking to “up your game” or someone recovering from an injury seeking rehabilitation support, our instructors have the training and experience to meet your needs. In all of our private sessions and group classes, we emphasize the somatic experience—an approach that emphasizes internal physical alignment through sensing, feeling, and touch. By developing proprioceptive awareness, we build healthy brains, better balance, and grounded joy.
We strive to:
PROMOTE vibrant communities by teaching individuals how to learn–the signals of their own bodies, the lessons hidden within pain, and how to be proactive about their own health.
MEET each person where they are on their healing journey and work to build lasting relationships.
We strive to:
STRIVE to create a sanctuary where all people feel safe and supported.
SUPPORT the movement community of Durango by bringing in high-level professionals for master classes and teacher trainings.
Our movement and bodywork embodies both the material and the spiritual; we chose the name SOMA to match this complexity. On one hand, the word SOMA comes from the Greek meaning “body”. On the other hand, Vedic mythology describes SOMA as ritualistic elixir of immortality. According to the ancient scriptures, this ambrosia was held in the sacred storehouse of the full moon and drank down by the Hindu Gods because of it’s qualities to help them rise above obstacles, conquer fears, and inspire creativity.
For us, SOMA represents the life force that courses through all living things. When we are operating on higher levels of brain and body health, creativity and connection flow through us easily. We move to keep our cells young, supple, strong and functioning into the last years of our life.
The GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods
The GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods are complementary
exercise methods designed to work the entire body holistically. Both methods
allow the body to move the way it was designed, in natural spiraling and circular
pathways. Through a sequence of rhythmic and fluid exercises, the body is able to relax, re-energize, and re-pattern itself in a way that encourages supple and dynamic strength. Attention is placed on the decompression of the spine and joints. Specific breath patterns encourage focus, making each session or class uniquely powerful.
GYROTONIC® exercises are performed on custom-designed equipment. The support, resistance, and sensory information that the equipment provides, allows each client to work in a safe yet challenging environment. The private attention of a GYROTONIC® session, allows your specific needs to be met with care.
GYROKINESIS® exercises are performed on mats and stools. This allows the work to be experienced either privately, or in a group class setting. The uninterrupted flow of a class allows you to move and breathe with others, while connecting to and challenging your body.
For more information, please visit https://www.gyrotonic.com/
Jen Painter- Owner,GYROTONIC© & GYROKINESIS© Methods, Cranio Sacral Therapy
Jen believes in honoring the body’s natural healing wisdom. She is passionate about helping clients discover where their natural flow is blocked, and empowering them to make changes to restore vitality. With Jen’s guidance, each individual can organically connect with their breathing, alive body, allowing sustainable changes to begin from the inside out. Jen is drawn to the fluid and fun GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM© method. She is inspired by this holistic way of exercising, and finds it’s complement in Cranio Sacral Therapy. The melding of the two techniques offers her a way to treat the whole body on multiple levels.
With over 12 years teaching experience, Jen brings her expertise as a teacher trainer, mentor, and lifelong student to the Durango community. While living and working in NYC, she had the opportunity to study with various Master Trainers including Juliu Horvath, the creator of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM© method. Additionally, she has participated in anatomy courses with Irene Dowd and continues to be mentored locally in Cranio Sacral Therapy by Ananda Foley.
Jen enjoys working creatively with a variety of clientele. Her training allows her to work therapeutically with those needing more support for specific issues or injuries. She also provides challenging and unique workouts for athletes, dancers, and those who want to cultivate strong, dynamic connections to their bodies. She has kept her own body supple enough to dance professionally both in NYC and here in Durango with 20 Moons Dance Theater.
You are invited to try a way of moving that is beyond merely exercise. With Jen you will learn how to fully inhabit your body, allowing yourself to discover your fullest expression of life!
GYROTONIC, GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM and GYROKINESIS are registered trademarks of Gyrotonic Sales Corp and are used with their permission.
Our approach to yoga, as in life, is to root into the wisdom of our bodies through mindful movement in order to walk with Beauty in all of our relations. In befriending our minds and bodies through pranayama and asana, we refine our senses and learn how to listen deeply. We also develop our intuition, the subtle “inner healer” that helps us unravel unhealthy physical, psychological, and spiritual patterns that hold us back from showing up fully to our everyday lives. The lifelong practice of yoga is one of removing these layers and uncovering more authentic, primal pieces that allow us to move more freely and joyfully in our own skin. Yoga is a practice of returning to the present moment and showing up for whatever is coming up with kindness; a teacher that helps us develop an inner strength that helps us through life’s many curveballs. When we return to this sacred center, again and again, we discover the deep satisfaction that comes from being in service to our hearts, others, and our communities.
Developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a system that improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a long, strong core, and improving coordination and balance. The core, consisting of the muscles of the abdomen, low back, and hips, is often called the “powerhouse” and is key to a person’s stability.
We are committed to The Pilates Movement Principles for Whole Body Health:
- Whole Body Movement
- Balanced Muscle Development
As stated by The Pilates Method Alliance, “The benefits [of Pilates] are both measurable and perceived:
- Coordination and Strength
- Efficient Movement and Mobility
- Proper Posture and Flowing Movement
- Mental and Spiritual Rejuvenation
- Self-Awareness and Self-Confidence
- Integration of body, mind and spirit
- A Sense of Well-Being
- Enhanced Quality of Life
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system-comprised of membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Soft touch is used to release restrictions in the craniosacral system, thus improving the function of the central nervous system. Because the body is intelligent and interconnected, improvement in the central nervous system will affect the whole body. The practitioner follows the movement of the tissue, providing guidance and supportive touch which encourages the natural healing wisdom of the body. The benefits of CST include deep relaxation, decreased pain, more breath capacity, and a sense of ease and well-being in the whole body.
Please inquire about 60, 75, and 90 minute massage therapy sessions.