Sandie’s ‘Andy’ way to flexible fitness

Sandie Wilson uses the Gyrotonic Expansion equipment
Sandie Wilson uses the Gyrotonic Expansion equipment

A dancer has returned home to the Falkirk area after a number of years in London to teach an exercise system used by tennis ace Andy Murray.

Sandie Wilson has spent the last few decades travelling the world, dancing and acting as a choreographer and pilates instructor. Now she is living in Laurieston and teaching a specialised form of exercise called gyrotonics, which was developed by former ballet dancer Juliu Horvath.

She said: “It’s for all ages – for everyone from dancers to golfers and can be used for people to rehabilitate from injuries or those who just want to increase the functional capacity of their spine for greater flexibility and strength.”

Sandie transported the special gyrotonic expansion system machine – nicknamed ‘The Rack’ – up from her studio in London. It is now the only machine of its kind in use in the Forth Valley area.

“Andy Murray came by the method in Miami, but it has also been used for years by people like Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow. The exercises incorporates spiralling, circular movements.

“These carefully crafted sequences create balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility.”

Sandie, who has been teaching this method for 15 years and pilates for 30, picked up the techniques quite quickly due to her dancing experience.

She said: “It’s a well-known form of exercise throughout the world and based around principles found in dance, yoga, swimming and Tai Chi.”

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