That potent mix reflects the broad cross-disciplinary experience and education of its founder Alex Kerten.
Born in 1945 in Israel, Alex developed a magnetic affinity for music from a very young age, with a special love for jazz and improvisation. From 1963-1966, Alex performed his compulsory service in the Israeli Defense Forces, where he was introduced to Martial Arts. A desire to pursue that field led him to the Far East where he enriched his knowledge, and studied eastern philosophy and the arts of structuring movements. He also studied under the great martial arts masters who helped him develop his knowledge and physical capability to the highest level.
Returning to Israel, Alex studied under Grand master Gad Skornic, gaining valuable real life experiences. Alex graduated with seven black belts: four in Kenpo ju-jitsu, one in Ninjutsu and two in Hashita. He continued studying structuring and healing movements with Dr. Arie Kalev and psychophysical integration (mind/body integration) at the Trager Institute, an approach developed by Dr. Milton Trager. Using that knowledge, he worked with Parkinson’s patients for four years at the state-of-the-art rehabilitation and chronic care facility, the Reuth Hospital in Tel-Aviv and later taught at the Maccabi Health Institute, part of Maccabi health care services in Israel.
Utilizing these decades of experience in the fields of movement disorders, posture management, respiratory and physical behavior disorders, Alex Kerten developed the Gyro-Kinetics method which he’s been using to great success with hundreds of Parkinson’s sufferers for many years.
Movement, music and rhythms set up certain vibrations which unquestionably result in a physical reaction. Finding our internal rhythms and vibrations is “the Goal” in order to become significantly more in touch and in tune with our physiology. It has been proven scientifically that movement and music open up new pathways in the neural networks, lubricates them and enables them to work more efficiently. Alex, one of the pioneers in this field, took that concept and created something strikingly original and tremendously effective.
Alex’s uniqueness is the way he’s helped his clients change their way of thinking about the disease. From meeting countless people suffering from Parkinson’s, Alex came to realize that it was not simply an issue of problems with movement. Movement doesn’t work by itself; it works in conjunction with the brain. A person’s psychology, mood, thoughts and level of anxiety have a huge influence on his condition.
He understood that the moment you can have an influence on the mind, it in turn can influence how the body behaves, enabling them to cooperate with each other. He understood that there’s a connection between what we think, what we feel, and how our body behaves.
Awareness is a very important thing. In modern medicine, we tend to ignore it or have forgotten it. We take one X-ray after another and one test after another, and the human being is forgotten somewhere in the middle. The Gyro–Kinetic method creates motion in the body which stimulates simultaneous physiological, biological and psychological reactions.
Instead of listening to their minds, Alex trains his clients how to listen to their bodies. This simple but incredibly powerful concept is the key to his method and it has consistently proved its potential upon the symptoms we call ‘Parkinson’s’ and other neurological conditions.
As head of the Gyro-Kinetics center in Israel, Alex has guided hundreds of Parkinson patients in their journey to move from being chronic (professional) Parkinsonians to become healthy people with Parkinson’s disease!
Alex in His Own Words
I’m a specialist in the physiology of behavior. The physiology of behavior means that our behavior patterns are based on how our nervous system reacts to situations
Our biochemistry and our psychology start to change as we learn to control our way of thinking. They begin to interact through body/mind awareness and language, and when they do that, we begin to see a change in our physiology. And that’s when we begin to feel better!
My gift is my ability to look at people and, based on their behavior, understand if they are balanced in mind and body. I know how to look at a person and by observing the way he breaths, the way he sits, what he does with his hands, how he speaks, how he looks and his body rhythms, I’m able to assess and understand what his problems are. That’s because he is telling me what his story is through his body language.
These are stories that their brain passes down to them from past experiences…and their future expectations of what Parkinson’s is going to do to them. Most of my clients are stuck inside these stories until there comes a certain point in our sessions when they realize something. Then I see a change. The client looks at me differently, and I see a change in their body language, in their chest, abdomen and eyes as it becomes clear to them. “Wow, it is so obvious now. I brought Parkinson’s upon myself.”
The chronic behavior patterns we’ve created bring us to a place where Parkinson’s is best suited. Although one can develop PD through genetics or from being poisoned and unbalanced biologically, PD today is widely known to be a chronic disease. Therefore we first have to look into the chronic behavior patterns we’ve developed in order to begin diminishing the effects of PD on our bodies.
That’s when we can go to work, and I can provide the tools to teach and guide the client out of their Parkinson’s behavior. If we don’t get to that place where we take responsibility for our own behavior, then it will always be a case of one step forward, one back – a constant zig zag. We must realize that medication, with its side effects, will not cure PD, but only delay it.
Clients, Not Patients
I call the people that I work with ‘clients’, not ‘patients’. That’s because a patient doesn’t take responsibility for their condition or their health, a patient gives me that responsibility.
A client understands it’s his responsibility to take his health upon himself.
My treatment is based on the result of years of research, work with hundreds of clients and with my ongoing success with people afflicted with Parkinson’s.
Used as a complement to your medication program, it can show you the way to a much healthier life and state of mind.