GYROTONIC®

Movement 

    Center

4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Suite 440, Seattle, Washington 98103

Phone: 206-547-5880

Email:  info@gyrotonicmc.com

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Karen Mullen, GYROTONIC® Movement Center owner,

GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Specialized Master Trainer, B.F.A., M.S.

Studio owner Karen is one of only a handful of GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® method Specialized Master Trainers in the world selected & trained by the systems creator Juliu Horvath to conduct his final licensing exams for new teachers. She is a master trainer for all levels of Gyrotonic & Gyrokinesis and for all the specialized equipment.  She began working with Gyrotonic over 25 years ago as a professional dancer in NYC and from the first class she recognized this system’s highly refined & evolved support of the human body’s natural healthy way of moving and she has since shared her enthusiasm & expertise with people of all experience levels.

Karen holds master’s degrees in movement related fields and has published and presented work on dance pedagogy with its focus on effective teaching techniques both nationally and internationally. She has explored and studied movement her entire life, working as a professional dancer as well as studying methods of body work, biomechanics, kinesiology and somatic therapies including in-depth university coursework in Laban-Bartenieff Fundamentals™, along with movement & anatomy education by or with notable movement educators such as Lulu Sweigard, Irene Down, and Martha Yoshida.  She has provided in-service education clinics to many physical therapy professionals by offering her unique understanding of how to coach a moving body in space and how to employ verbal & hands-on cueing to facilitate the best learning.  By combining her unique experiences as a former professional dancer, university teacher and movement educator Karen can teach the Gyrotonic methodology to people with diverse movement backgrounds; those recovering from injury, athletes hoping to gain an edge on their competition, as well as the self-proclaimed “couch potato” who wants to improve their overall health.

She creates a supportive & fun environment to explore and understand the human body helping people reach their full potential with ease and efficiency.

Mark Hagen,

Certified Level 2, Programs 1 & 2 GYROTONIC® Trainer

Mark Hagen has a BA in Sociology, minor in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. After working in banking and real estate, Mark moved out to the Northwest for the skiing and sailing.

Mark was introduced to the Gyrotonic method by a ballet teacher. Within minutes on the tower he knew the value of the training. Though he came to the Gyrotonic method through dance, it reminded him of his training in kung-fu and chi-kung in his teens and twenties. Mark is a certified trainer in the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods as well as all the specialized Gyrotonic equipment. He continues to train under Master Trainer Karen Mullen. 

Teaching at the GYROTONIC® Movement Center of Seattle has given him the opportunity to combine his love of movement with the joy of helping people reach their goals. When Mark is not at the studio, he is playing with his two kids, his wife, in the hills or doing Tia Chi.

Lilianna Koledin,

Certified Level 2, Programs 1 & 2 GYROTONIC® Trainer

Lilianna came to Seattle from Santa Fe, NM to attend Cornish College of the Arts from where she graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in dance. She has performed locally with various choreographers as well as created and danced in her own work. It was through dance that Lilianna learned about GYROTONIC® exercise method and credits the Gyrotonic method for refining her dance technique as well as teaching her a more supportive way to move, both in the dance studio and in her daily life.

 

Lilianna continues to attribute much of her strength, well-being and ease in her body to her knowledge and practice of the Gyrotonic method. As a teacher, she enjoys working with people of all walks of life, and in particular, loves being a partner with her clients in discovering ways to move with less pain, more strength and finding a more resilient and comfortable body.

 

Since becoming a Certified Level 1 GYROTONIC® Instructor, Lilianna has enriched her knowledge by becoming certified to teach on the Jump Stretch Board, the Leg Extension Unit as well as completed both Program 1 & 2, as a Level 2 Instructor.

Dante Brebner,

Certified Level 1 GYROTONIC® Trainer

Originally trained and continuing to practice as a visual artist, Dante Brebner was serendipitously introduced to the GYROTONIC EXPANSION METHOD® shortly after relocating from New York City to Santa Fe, New Mexico in late 2001.  Initially completing Level 1 training with Master Trainers Bradley Kraemer in 2002 and later again with Ekalos Gustafson, he certified as a Level I GYROTONIC® instructor in 2006, continuing further study with Master Trainer Celia Hulton, a fellow resident of Santa Fe.  Drawing on his visual arts background, Dante enjoys helping clients move while cultivating mental images for them to use as “neural recipes,” streamlining routes for the body and mind to dance together with ease and harmony, accessing the sometimes elusive layers of core awareness. His continuing education includes Level 1 updates, advanced classes and specialized workshops, particularly focusing on pelvic girdle and neck/shoulder therapeutic applications of the GYROTONIC® system.
 
To enhance his
Gyrotonic practice and pursue an interest in forms of traditional Chinese medicine, Dante began studying Chi Nei Tsang in 2007...a holistic, healing touch modality of Taoist origin focusing mainly on the abdomen.

Fumi Murakami,

Certified Level 2, Programs 1 & 2 GYROTONIC® Trainer

Fumi Murakami received a BA in Mathematics and Theater/Dance from Oberlin College. She continued to dance over the years while pursuing a career in Information Technology. She was fortunate to discover Pilates, studying for 15 years with master teacher Cary Regan, which assisted in her ability to continue to perform with many local choreographers including Wade Madsen, Michele, Miller, Pablo Cornejo, Mark Haim, Jason Ohlberg, and Deborah Wolf. Fumi co-founded a dance production company, Evoke Productions, twelve years ago and it is still going strong today. 

It was while rehearsing for the very first of these productions that Fumi tried the
Gyrotonic method to assist with loss of flexibility in the upper spine. She was so happy to have discovered the Gyrotonic method and the wonderful benefits that she decided to become a trainer. She enjoys the one on one interaction with clients and is thrilled to be helping clients feel better and work to achieve their maximum potential. She is certified on all the specialized equipment, Level II, and has completed additional courses:  Gyrotonic Foot and Hands with Emma Kingston, Uwe Herbstreit's Application for the Pelvis-Girdle Workshop, and Juergen Bamberger's Psoas Principles.

Fumi spends her free time volunteering as treasurer of the drama boosters at her daughter's high school, working on knitting projects, cooking and baking, and spending time with her family.

Natascha Greenwalt,

Certified Level 2, Program 1 GYROTONIC® Trainer

Natascha Greenwalt is a Walla Walla native in 2005 she graduated magna cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts as a Kreielsheimer Scholarship recipient. Natascha trained with the Joffery Ballet, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, and the American Ballet Theatre in New York, as well as the Northwest Professional Dance Project in Portland, OR. She has had the pleasure of performing with many local companies including Ballet Bellevue, House of Verlaine, and Spectrum Dance Theater in addition to the adventure of creating Coriolis Dance with Christin Call where she has served for 10 seasons as Co-Artistic director, dancer and choreographer.

 

It was while training with LINES Ballet that Natascha first experienced the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® method and fell instantly in love. Upon returning to Seattle she was awarded a scholarship through Mirella Dancewear to continue her studies at Seattle GYROTONIC®, where she trained under Mogali Messac for 3 years. In 2008 a back injury brought her to the GYROTONIC® Movement Center where Karen Mullen and the staff got her back to dancing and reignited her desire to start the teacher training. In January 2010 she certified as a Level 1 trainer, and has since added the Jumping Stretching Board, The Gyrotoner™, the Archway and Level II to her repertoire.  You can expect a thoughtful detail oriented session from Natascha that is never the less playful.

When not in a studio it’s likely she’s scampering through the woods or picnicking in a meadow somewhere with her furbaby Addie.

Mercy Lay,

Certified Level 1 GYROTONIC® Trainer

Mercy was born and raised in Malaysia, where she worked as dancer performing for official state functions including performing for the former ruler of the state of Negeri Sembilan, for “Malaysia Truly Asia”, an international tourism parade in 2009 at Kuala Lumpur.  Mercy also worked as a licensed Myofascial Therapist in Malaysia for two years before coming to the United States in 2010 to pursue her dance degree at Belhaven University, where she earned her BA in dance with honors and had the opportunity to perform Panorama, a historical piece choreographed by Martha Graham in 2011 and a historical ballet piece, Les Sylphides in 2013. She also had the privilege to perform for the Mississippi Mayor's Prayer Luncheon and the Mississippi Chinese Association.  While at Belhaven Lay discovered she had scoliosis which led her to learn about GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® method. 

In 2014, Mercy moved to WA to work as a dance instructor and found the 
GYROTONIC® Movement Center which she recognized would offer her a holistic approach to well-being not only for her own scoliosis issue but for people of all ages and demographics to experience a greater quality of life. She decided to pursue Gyrotonic teacher training under Master Trainer Karen Mullen in September 2014, and since that time has been teaching Gyrotonic exercise to private clients in Kirkland while also pursuing her MA graduate degree in International Community Development from Northwest University which she completed in May 2017.

As a 
GYROTONIC® trainer, Mercy likes the challenge of helping clients feel strong and capable in their bodies. She is an empathetic teacher eager to meet clients’ needs.  She is motivated by her desire to help clients improve their lifestyle, fitness and overall mind-body health. Mercy enjoys interacting with Eastern and Western cultures. She is also fluent in four languages, including English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Malay (Bahasa Malaysia) which allows her to coach multiracial and multicultural clients, making the Gyrotonic method available for non-English speaking clients. 

Robin Werner,

Certified Level 1 GYROTONIC® Trainer

Robin had the good fortune to be introduced to the GYROTONIC® Method at Proformance Rehab in 2001. As GYROTONIC® continued to play a larger role in the physical therapy process, the therapist sent Robin to her teacher at the GYROTONIC® Movement Center. After five years studying with Master Trainer Karen Mullen, Robin completed the Level 1 Foundation course with Karen and certified in 2007.

 

While more injuries and surgeries curtailed teaching, GYROTONIC® has continued to play an integral role for Robin as a primary therapeutic tool. With the desire to share some of the tremendous benefits he has received from the work, Robin repeated the Level 1 training with Karen in 2018. Eleven years away from teaching brings new perspectives to sharing this material.

 

Robin also teaches yoga where the talk of anatomy and fixed postures is more common, but the principles gained at GYROTONIC® regularly make guest appearances. Exploring the insights from movement to provide people with tools to pursue the activities that they most enjoy is a great privilege. Away from the studio Robin is still trying to figure out if it's more fun to learn about wine or just to be outside.

Jennifer Prout,

Certified Level 2, Programs 1 & 2 GYROTONIC® Trainer, Certified GYROKINESIS® Trainer

Jennifer was introduced to the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® in 2004 by Marie Chong at Arc School of Ballet.  She started doing Gyrotonic exercise sessions because of the hip flexor pain she was experiencing during ballet class – the GYROTONIC Method® was the modality that helped relieve her hip pain – and this prompted her desire to investigate how to use her body differently.  This exploration launched her on a path to become a body work professional.   

 

In 2005 Jennifer came to the GYROTONIC® Movement Center as a client to continue her exploration of movement and this system.  She began studying with Authorized Master Karen Mullen and many of the teachers at GMC who are now her colleagues.  In 2013, she completed the Gyrotonic Level 1 Certification; her love of the work grew and her desire to make this a profession expanded. She became a licensed massage therapist in 2016.  In 2016 she also completed her Gyrotonic Level 2 Program 1 & Program 2 Certification as well as her GYOKINESIS® Level 1 Certification both with Karen Mullen. Her favorite thing about teaching is seeing the transformations in her clients.

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys attending artistic performances, being with family and friends, and coaching her son’s hockey team. She is always exploring ways to improve her teaching and her understanding of the human body and is excited to be on staff at GMC!

Deanne Meek,

Certified GYROKINESIS® Trainer

Deanne discovered the GYROKINESIS® method in 2015 after a shoulder injury, completing her foundation level 1 training at Kinespirit Studio in New York City with Master Trainer Chantal Deeble.  After years spent away from the Northwest, in 2016 she relocated to Seattle and was introduced to the GYROTONIC® Movement Center, completing her certification under the guidance of Authorized Master Trainer Karen Mullen. 

 

Deanne has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (M.AmSat) since 1993, receiving post-graduate certification from the Constructive Teaching Centre in London. A certified teacher of yoga, the Melt Method, and the Fitzmaurice Voicework®, she combines her love for movement and somatic education with her experience as an international opera singer.

 

As Visiting Faculty Artist at the University of Washington School of Music, she teaches movement, acting and performance to students of the Vocal Theatre Works program, also serving as stage director to the program’s term and principal Productions.  Teaching voice and movement, Deanne maintains private studios in Seattle and New York City.  She earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Whitman College, a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. 

 

She very happy to have GMC as her home studio where she is available for private Gyrokinesis sessions and teaches the Friday Gyrokinesis group class!