Center GYROTONIC® was founded in 2001 by owner and Master Trainer Emma Kingston as the first GYROTONIC® studio in Oregon. Today the studio is home to a diverse group of instructors providing GYROTONIC® training to people of all ages and abilities. Center GYROTONIC® is also the only certified teacher training facility in Oregon, with instructors coming from all over the world to learn from Emma’s decades of experience in the GYROTONIC® system.

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Our Trainers

Joseph Liu Owner, Certified Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Trainer, LMT #24254

Joseph’s passion for dance and movement started at a young age watching ballroom dance competitions on public television. Their elegance and grace and led him to pursue studies in numerous social dances including Swing, Blues, Tango, and Salsa. His search for freedom of movement through technique lead him to expand his exploration to ballet, West African, yoga, GYROTONIC® method and Franklin Method. Finding both Franklin Method and GYROTONIC® method transformational in his social dancing, he ultimately became certified in both modalities.

Joseph enjoys teaching movement from a technical level with an eye towards pragmatism. Drawing from his breadth of knowledge, he is able to connect with his students by demonstrating the direct application of exercises toward their individual goals in movement.

Emma Kingston Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Master Trainer

Master Trainer Emma Kingston is certified to teach both the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® teacher training programs as well as some of the specialized equipment courses. Emma is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and has a background in dance, Gymnastics and Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art).

Emma melds these influences together into her teaching style and works to bring a balanced perspective between the more technical knowledge of the body in tandem with the fun of movement.

Originally a native to Northern California Emma grew up amongst the redwoods and has an affinity for nature. Having grown up with scoliosis of the spine and foot problems is what inspired her to seek out an integrative system which lead her to find Gyrotonic movement. Emma found San Francisco Gyrotonic where she studied under Authorized Master Trainer Debra Rose. Over the years Emma has continued to work with Debra Rose but spends most of her time when she can working with Juliu Horvath.

After correcting her scoliosis through this system and straightening out her feet, Emma is a firm believer of the effectiveness of Gyrotonic exercise and thinks with the right mind set and determination coupled with the right teacher one can achieve anything one desires in their own body. Emma has developed a special course for teachers in the applications for Gyrotonic to be used specifically on the feet and hands which she is continuing to develop as she brings it to teachers world wide.

Gail Bolte Certified Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Trainer

Gail Bolte creates customized private and group GYROTONIC® training sessions to improve her clients overall health and well being.

A native of New York, Gail Bolte’s enthusiasm for fitness began in childhood trying a myriad of sports but her passion landed with gymnastics and high school team dance. In 2003, Gail relocated to Portland and embraced Pilates to treat the chronic lower back pain she experienced after having children. Gail’s success with Pilates drove her passion for practicing therapeutic movement and led her to become a certified Pilates instructor.

In 2007, Gail relocated to Hong Kong and continued her work as a Pilates instructor at One Pilates Studio. At this studio Gail was introduced to GYROTONIC® and quickly realized the benefits of working your body in both linear and circular movements. Gail experienced the benefits GYROTONIC® provided first-hand, including increased strength, fluidity, and balance. This exposure, and realization of the power GYROTONIC® has on transforming your body, drove Gail to begin her GYROTONIC® certification. Upon her return to Portland in 2009, she completed her GYROTONIC® training at Center GYROTONIC® with Master Trainer Emma Kingston.

Gail is also a graduate of Northwest Center for Structural Integration. She added this next dimension to her practice to offer her clients a way of releasing the adhesions that might prevent them from moving to their full capacity. She offers 75 minute SI sessions. She encourages her clients to continue moving thoughtfully between sessions to encourage new movement patterns in their bodies.

Gail believes that movement is the link to health, happiness and inner peace. Her motivation comes from sharing her passion for GYROTONIC® System with others and providing her clients with the inspiration and support they need to achieve their fitness goals.

Heather Jackson Certified Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Trainer

Born in Albany, NY Heather began dancing at 8 and was enthralled. At 14 she became a Ballet Major at the University of Utah where she earned her BFA. Heather has danced with Utah Ballet and Ballet West performing classic ballets as and more contemporary works. After moving to Portland Heather became a dancer with BodyVox where she has danced for 12 years until she retired in 2016. Heather has also enjoyed working with skinner|kirk DANCE ENSEMBLE, The Portland Opera, and other choreographic projects as well as a full teaching schedule.

About the time when Heather moved to Portland she learned about the  GYROTONIC® and  GYROKINESIS® methods and started her training which she completed with Master Trainer Emma Kingston. She was amazed to find how much this work enhanced her own dancing abilities and well-being and now sees her clients improving their health, posture and confidence as well. Heather has completed the courses for all specialized equipment and is a Certified GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer.

Jessica John Certified Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Trainer

Jessica credits GYROTONIC® exercise for her rehabilitation from what should have been a career-ending shoulder injury as a circus artist. She enjoys working with all types of movers, who are eager to challenge themselves and inquisitive in maintaining and gaining function in their bodies. She began her study of the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods in Washington, DC, under Master Trainers Justine Bernard Shaw, Tracy Monaco Reid, Christina Hritz, and Juergen Bamberger. Jessica is also certified on the Archway and Leg Extension Unit specialized equipment, and has completed the Gyrotonic Level Two Program Two, Applications for Dancers Levels 1 and 2, and Exploration into the Extreme courses for trainers.

Jessica is a performing circus artist and the founder/director of Alter Circus Company. She coaches aerial and other circus arts at studios throughout the Portland area. Jessica is also a mobility specialist and a nutrition coach, who holds Functional Movement Screen and Precision Nutrition certifications.

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