Cathleen Murakami is the director of SynergySystems Fitness Studio, a training studio exclusively devoted to the art of Pilates and GYROTONIC exercise. Trained as a classical dancer, Cathleen was a dance major at the University of Washington and went on to instruct aerobics, funk and strength training classes for nearly two decades, both in the US and Europe. Certified in London at the Alan Herdman Pilates Studio in 1991, she helped develop the very successful Pilates programs at both Rancho La Puerta and The Golden Door spas, as well as for the Santa Barbara Athletic Club and Honolulu Club. Cathleen has produced five Pilates instructional videos, authored Morning Pilates Workouts published by Human Kinetics, and offers continuing education workshops as well as Pilates Instructor Certification at her studio in Encinitas, CA.
Cathie will teach a daily GYROKINESIS class for Ranch guests. GYROKINESIS is a complete movement system, for all levels and ages, and can be applied to a variety of situations, as one needs very little equipment. It incorporates many key principles from yoga, dance, gymnastics and Tai Chi. The class begins with the practitioner seated on a low stool and begins with simple breathing patterns to awaken the body. He or she mobilizes the spine and joints through a series of arching, curling and spiraling movements. The corresponding breathing patterns in every movement help to stimulate the nervous system and open up energy pathways. Rhythm, movement, & breath are the key elements of this system accessible for all fitness levels.