Laura Crittendon, LMT, DMT Studio Master Trainer / Founder
A message from Laura...
I love transforming my client's lives through GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® sessions mixed with a healthy dose of Contemporary Pilates along with my advanced skills as a manual therapist, while weaving in my vast and deep well of knowledge (both Eastern and Western) of Yoga, Breathwork and Chi Kung allowing me to offer my client's a depth of study and experience rarely found. My sessions are playful, educational, inspiring, and transformational. I believe that health comes from harmony of mind, body and spirit, and that exercise is a vehicle for self exploration, healing, wholeness, and joy. Ask anyone who knows me what I am passionate about, and they'll answer: Pilates Gyrotonic Yoga and Dance. For me, teaching the joy of mindful movement is my life’s path and I look forward to sharing this gift with you.
About Laura ~
As a third generation Los Angelean, Laura Crittendon first developed the love and joy of mindful movement while studying ballet, modern dance, choreography, martial arts and theatre as a child and teen in Arcadia, California.
Laura's first job at age 17, following a severe skiing accident, was as a physical therapy assistant at the very same sports rehab center in Arcadia where she received therapy to heal her injuries. She had the honor of working with several amazing Therapists who taught her how movement changes neuropathways in the brain, gut and spinal cord and how movement can heal and strengthen from the inside out. At the rehab center, Laura worked with all levels of rehabilitation from athletes to stroke patients. Laura was deeply moved by the progress she witnessed her patients make as they recovered from life altering injuries and illnesses. So Laura chose to pursue a career that would deepen her understanding of the way the human body is intended to move and heal and that would allow her to share this gift with more people outside of the physical therapy realm. This journey began with Pre-Med school, Massage School, Graduate School and finally opening Blossoming Lotus Studios (formerly Kona Pilates LLC and GYROTONIC Kona in Kailua Kona, Hawaii).
Laura and her husband Steve shared their love of helping people heal and transform their bodies and lives through mindful movement, massage, dance and martial arts in their home base of Kailua Kona, Hawaii for 25 years. Laura and Steve worked with clients of all ages, including those with neurodiversities, older adults, learning difficulties, special needs, athletes, dancers, performers, artists, people with injuries (TBI, whiplash, broken bones, sprains, strains, etc.), and individuals from all walks of life and abilities.
Laura is grateful to now share her passion and love of mindful movement at Blossomng Lotus Studios (with three amazing studio spaces in the Foothills area). Her passion is empowering others to connect with themselves and teaching them how to create new patterns of movement, creating space for transformation.
Professional Training: To date, Laura has accumulated over 30 years experience and thousands of hours of advanced clinical training and education in body-mind-spirit health, therapeutic exercise, and manual/massage therapy. She is Hawaii state licensed and board certified as an Integrative Medical Massage Therapist and Movement Therapist. Laura graduated from the Hawaiian Islands School of Massage with 1,250 hours of advanced training in Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage, CranioSacral, Myofascial, NeuroMuscular, and Exercise Therapies. In 2002, she graduated as Valedictorian from the University of Hawaii with an Honors degree in Psychology, a minor in Hawaiian, and a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling. In graduate school Laura studied Transpersonal Psychology, Mind-Body Medicine, Integrative Health, and Consciousness Studies. Laura has trained with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) founder Jon Kabat-Zinn. In addition, she trained professionally as a Transpersonal Psychotherapist, a professional Hula dancer (having danced in three Merrie Monarch Hula Festival/Competitions under Kumu Hula Etua Lopez), professional belly dancer, cabaret dancer/choreographer and show producer, 2nd degree black belt martial arts instructor and martial arts school owner. Laura is a Resident Dance Movement Therapist/Master Teacher for HD Dance Co & Performing Arts in Corona. Laura has been honored to be a visiting Master Teacher for a variety of Corporations and Wellness-oriented academies across Southern California and Hawaii. Passionate about community service, Laura has volunteered thousands of hours working with the severely mentally ill in Kona and served for three years on the Board of Directors for a local Kailua Kona non-profit organization.
In line with more traditional types of yoga and martial arts techniques, creator Juliu Horvath's goal with The GYROTONIC® Method is to bring the mind, body and soul in to union. This ancient spiritual approach towards overall health has been focused into the emergence of an exercise system that has been created to answer the growing needs of a fast paced, dynamic culture. It is modern day yoga for the modern day individual.
Unlike anything you have experienced, The GYROTONIC® Method will spiral your spine and limbs, open your energy centers, safely and effortlessly increase the range of motion in your joints, all while building strength, stamina, flexibility, power and endurance. For those searching for an alternative in place of traditional linear modes of exercise The GYROTONIC® EXPANSION SYSTEM® Method (made up of The GYROTONIC and GYROKINESIS Methods) is a low-impact expansion system that can be practiced by everyone regardless of age or fitness capability. A 60 minute Gyrotonic session can be a relaxing and rejuvenating movement experience, or an invigorating and aerobic workout, depending upon the goals and needs of the client that particular day. Whether you are an advanced athlete, a golfer looking to improve his or her game, a beginner student, or perhaps recovering from an injury, Gyrotonic sessions increase flexibility and range of motion dramatically, while at the same time toning and strengthening the entire body.
While the system has been around for a few decades, many have not heard of The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® Method. It is a sophisticated mind-body fitness system that ingeniously combines exercise with the energetic awakening and transformation of Chi Kung (or other forms of internal martial arts), the flexibility and mental clarity of yoga, the strength and body sculpting of weight training, the grace and elegance of dance, the internal focus and calm mind of Tai Chi, along with improved core strength, coordination and aerobic conditioning. The GYROTONIC Method is performed on unique equipment that provides resistance when necessary and support when needed. It is really one of the most ingenious systems available for the human form. In some circles, it is considered the couture of exercise. Circular rather than linear in nature, Gyrotonic exercise incorporates spiraling and undulating motions on multiple movement planes, which increase the functional capacity of the spine and keep the body's energy continuously flowing. Fully adjustable to the needs of every body type and strength level, Gyrotonic movement is used worldwide in therapeutic, dance, sport-specific and general conditioning facilities by people of all ages. It is a system that bridges the gap between Eastern and Western disciplines resulting in total equilibrium and complete freedom of movement.
The system has therapeutic applications for people recovering from life's ailments - shoulder injuries, hip replacements, strokes, breast cancer, and surgeries, as well as applications for special times in life - pregnancy, menopause, and aging. The system is applicable to athletes, dancers, golfers, tennis players, martial artists, and us "regular folks" who may be living with chronic back pain, neck and shoulder tension, and more.
The GYROTONIC Method – Infinte Possibilities
Laura is a comprehensively certified STOTT Pilates instructor with advanced training in rehabilitation and therapy.
Sessions can range from therapeutic to athletic conditioning.
Types of sessions offered:
Small group classes (limit of 5 students)
Laura's sessions also include a wide variety of props and additional conscious movement modalities such as Body Rolling, TRX, Aerial Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Chi Kung, and The GYROKINESIS Method.