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Grew an inch...overnight

MaltedTeaMaltedTea Member, Premium Posts: 3,362 Member Member, Premium Posts: 3,362 Member
After doing my first Gyrotonic session in years (read "eons"), I woke up this morning feeling taller. But that's crazy, right? Right?! Until I got myself measured today...three times.

I'm 5'8" today.

But I've been 5'7" since forever. That's what's on my driver's license so that makes it official.

My poor spine. Have I really been walking around like a knuckle-dragging cave dweller this entire time? 😱

Would love to hear anyone else's experiences with similar stretching approaches: yoga, Pilates, Essentrics, etc
edited August 25
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  • PGKYPGKY Member Posts: 170 Member Member Posts: 170 Member
    I grew an inch once too (also 5'7" to 5'8"!), but it was after partial correction of severe scoliosis with major surgery. :sweat_smile:
    If they had managed a complete correction, I'd have probably gotten a second inch.
  • GummiMundiGummiMundi Member Posts: 233 Member Member Posts: 233 Member
    I had never heard of Gyrotonic, thanks for sharing! :)
    I noticed that my posture got a bit better when I started doing Pilates, but it still needs improvement (that's to say, I need to pay more attention to it instead of mindlessly looking at the floor).
  • lalepepperlalepepper Member Posts: 447 Member Member Posts: 447 Member
    We also tend to be a bit taller first thing in the morning than at the end of the day. Natural compression in the spinal column occurs as we stand/sit throughout the day, but it's not typically enough to result in a full inch!
  • MaltedTeaMaltedTea Member, Premium Posts: 3,362 Member Member, Premium Posts: 3,362 Member
    Also a fun fact... everyone is slightly taller first thing after waking up in the morning because our bodies relax and stretch a bit during sleep but we usually go right back to our normal height once we’ve been up for awhile and gravity has it’s way with us :D
    lalepepper wrote: »
    We also tend to be a bit taller first thing in the morning than at the end of the day. Natural compression in the spinal column occurs as we stand/sit throughout the day, but it's not typically enough to result in a full inch!

    😩

    I'm 5'7.75" now. Mind you, that's still taller than 5'7" so I'll take it and keep working on my posture.

    Also @cmriverside, it's ok to be jaded. That's my default mode, at least until my second cup of coffee for the day 😉
  • Talan79Talan79 Member Posts: 772 Member Member Posts: 772 Member
    I could use an inch. I’m 5”2 and 41. I’m so worried that I’ll shrink in the next 20 years.
  • claireychn074claireychn074 Member, Premium Posts: 381 Member Member, Premium Posts: 381 Member
    OMG I have to try this! I’m 5’3.5 and always wanted to be taller. Mind you my mum is only 4’11 so I’m a giant in my family 😂
  • sardelsasardelsa Member Posts: 9,772 Member Member Posts: 9,772 Member
    Wow that's wild! I am also 5'7". I wish I was more like 5'8" or 9" .. maybe this will help (not holding my breath though) :D
  • claireychn074claireychn074 Member, Premium Posts: 381 Member Member, Premium Posts: 381 Member
    @sardelsa you’re tall to me! If anyone gets that extra inch it’s me! 🤣🤣
  • MaltedTeaMaltedTea Member, Premium Posts: 3,362 Member Member, Premium Posts: 3,362 Member
    It's ok...We can all get our own inches lol It has been a chore to remember to keep engaging my core during the day but I do feel a difference.

    I have at least two more Gyrotonic sessions this month so I'll ask my trainer what she thinks about my "growth"
  • savannahs21savannahs21 Member Posts: 306 Member Member Posts: 306 Member
    I've heard that we are ''taller'' when we wake up but walkng/moving all day pushes on our bones or something like that. Don't know if there is any truth to that though.
  • shredderlivingstrong888shredderlivingstrong888 Member Posts: 22 Member Member Posts: 22 Member
    I have never heard of this before? What is this therapy and i wonder if it is practiced in Australia?
    Thanks
  • MaltedTeaMaltedTea Member, Premium Posts: 3,362 Member Member, Premium Posts: 3,362 Member
    I have never heard of this before? What is this therapy and i wonder if it is practiced in Australia?
    Thanks

    Looks like there are a couple of dozen studios across Oz @shredderlivingstrong888. The link is part of the official site for this practice, btw.

    The goal of it is not to make you taller per se lol That was just a REALLY nice surprise bonus. This month, for example, I'm doing a high rep kettlebell workout (500 swings per session, 4x per week). When I saw my trainer yesterday, she ran me through some motions on the humongous, torture-looking apparatus (that's the Gyrotonic part) as well as showed me exercises and stretches to do before and during my KB workout (that's the Gyrokinesis part).

    As such, you can find Gyrokinesis videos on YouTube from certified/trained professionals or private/pay-for- access from others like my trainer.

    Either way, you'll find that your body (primarily your core) moves in ways you didn't know it could which may help you during other exercises (weight-bearing, cardio, mobility, flexibility, etc).

    Yoga and Pilates (the latter with an equally humongous, torture-looking apparatus/reformer) are good alternatives...especially with a trainer to start you off, if you can.
  • RaynaHerrayaRaynaHerraya Member Posts: 6 Member Member Posts: 6 Member
    Thank you for posting this info - I LOVE <3 learning new things to improve my health! It's interesting how changing your health changes your view. Nowadays I get so excited to try some new physical activity. B)
  • OrphiaOrphia Member Posts: 7,004 Member Member Posts: 7,004 Member
    I've heard that we are ''taller'' when we wake up but walkng/moving all day pushes on our bones or something like that. Don't know if there is any truth to that though.

    Yes, @savannahs21 I've heard the same thing.

    Could easily be tested by measuring at night and then morning.
    edited October 7
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