ABOUT ALEX KERTEN
Alex Kerten is the founder of the Gyro-Kinetics method.
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 to 1966 Alex was inducted to 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 in Martial Arts and studied Eastern philosophy and the arts of structuring movements.
Alex studied under great masters in Martial Arts gaining valuable real life experience and graduated having 7 Black belts.
He continued studying Structuring and healing Movements with Dr. Arie Calev and Psycho Physical Integration … an approach developed by Dr. Milton Trager.
These decades of studies and experience in the fields of movement disorders, posture management, respiratory and physical behavior disorders brought about his interest in Parkinson’s disease.
Alex Kerten created the Gyro-Kinetics method especially tailored for Parkinson people and their chronic behavior patterns.
Alex has been working with hundreds of Parkinson people for the last 30 years with great success over the world.
His book Goodbye Parkinson’s, Hello Life! has been rated as a Parkinson best seller when it was published, and still is at the top of the list.
Movement, Rhythm, Expression, Energy and “Music” set up certain vibrations which unquestionably result in a physical reaction. Finding our internal rhythms, energy and vibrations is the “Goal” in order to become significantly more in touch and in tune with our physiology of behavior.
It has been proven scientifically that movement and music open up new pathways in the neural networks in our brain, enabling them to work more efficiently.
Alex’s uniqueness is the way he has helped his clients change their way of thinking about the disease. A person’s psychology, mood, thoughts and level of anxiety have a huge influence on his condition.
The moment you can have an influence on your mind, it in turn, can influence how your body behaves. Enabling the mind and body to cooperate with each other is the connection between what we think, what we feel, and how our body behaves….. Mind-Body Integration.
Goodbye Parkinson’s, Hello Life!
Alex in His Own Words
My experience, knowledge and training is in Physiology of Behavior.
Our behavior patterns are based on how our nervous system acts and reacts to neural stimulations.
These situations interact through Mind-Body integration and body-language. When it happens, we begin to see changes, for the good or bad, in our body movements, rhythms, expressions and energy.
We have to entrain and balance the energetic rhythmic body movements in order to lead the body towards our well-being.
I look and observe the way a person breaths, the way he sits/stands, how he speaks, what he expresses by his body-language, movements and rhythms. Consequently, I’m able to assess and understand his limitations and problems, and therefore I can build a personal re-habilitating program.
Most of my clients are stuck inside their negative stories about the future of their hopeless Parkinson disease. At a certain point they understand that there is hope if they take responsibility upon their well-being. When they realize that methodically they can make changes within their behavior patterns, I can see a change in their body language, in their movements, rhythms, expressions and energy, as it becomes clear to them.
Wow, it is so obvious now. I can do it differently.
Parkinson’s disease is widely known to be a chronic disease. Therefore we first have to look into the chronic behavior patterns in order to diminish and weaken the power of Parkinson on our body.
That is why we have to go to work as soon as possible.
When I coach and guide the person, I provide the tools to weaken the Parkinson’s symptoms. If we don’t get to the point where responsibility is taken it will 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. In the sessions each patient undergoes a comprehensive diagnosis that examines his physiological and behavioral state: posture, motor abilities, breathing, rhythm, speech, facial expressions, concentration, tremors or freezing.
Carefully examining these characteristics and analyzing them allows me to create a treatment plan tailored to the patient’s personal needs in the best possible way, thus maximizing results.
Many patients who are unaware of their true condition, which in most cases is unnecessarily harmful, acquire excessive behavioral habits. The diagnostic results presented to the patients help them to understand the true physical situation, thereby facilitating the process of healing, and regaining lost functionality and delaying or stopping the deterioration process.