A New Type of Fitness Studio Comes to Ridgefield

Gyrotonic training is now available in the middle of town.


Former professional ballet dancer and current ballet teacher in town, Jessica Boelts always loved Ridgefield but thought there was something missing in its fitness offerings. A longtime practitioner of the workout method Gyrotonics, Boelts  said she slowly saved up money with diligence and planning and finally opened up a small personal training Gyrotonicks studio in Ridgefield at the end of July.

“I thought it would be a perfect fit for the community,” said Boelts. “I decided, ‘Ok this is what I’m going to do with my life now, and hopefully be successful at it.’”

Boelts was born in Nebraska and found herself on the east coast when she travelled parts of the country as a professional dancer. She relocated to the Danbury area about nine years ago and has been teaching ballet at the for six years.

Gyrotonics is an exercise method that employs different types of machines consisting of weights, pulleys, and adjustable seating/standing/prone positions that allow for free-flowing exercise movements that highly reduce or eliminate joint compression. 

Often used by dancers because of the free-form exercises it allows, Gyrotonics is gaining popularity with mainstream audiences and making its way from urban areas to the suburbs, Boelt said. She said that Gyrokenesis can “increase functional capacity of the joints” and “increase spinal strength and flexibility” and general strength.  “The benefits from it are so great that the benefits have crossed over to the main stream so everyone can benefit from it,” she said.

Gyrotonics is similar to Pilates, but different.

“Pilates is a linear exercise. When you think of energy in a line, the line eventually gives out, the energy ends. Gyrotonics works in a circular motion, creating a continual energy that is self-renewing,” said Boelts.  “It gives you that cardio vascular stimulation without that compression. It supports coordination and overall sense of well-being, mentally or otherwise.”

 Boelts is both the founder and Motus Studio’s trainer. She offers private sessions by the hour. The Motus website is still under construction, so she said persons who wish to contact her would best do so by phone. She can be reached at 203- 947 –9433. The Motus Studio can be found right near Adam Broderick, next to the Allstate Building at 79 Danbury Road.

ModernPlayer September 04, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Sounds like a success for Ridgefield. Will recomend this to many friends. All the best Motus Studio.
Iggy Pop September 04, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Me thinks it's outrageous that a small business that serves the local populace is featured on Patch. Especially in a bedroom community that is largely materialistic and health conscious! A story about a fitness studio is pandering to what people might want to read about, instead of what they should be reading about, ie., the race riots in downtown, the hurricane that hit the park last week, or the slave child mines used to extract black market diamonds to fund the corrupt dictatorship in power in town hall. Forget featuring new businesses, Patch! That's unethical. Report on fallen trees, or fallen elderly!
Diablo Montagne September 04, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Holy crap! David Bowie!? Iggy Pop!? You're two of the fittest men in showbiz! Not everyone can afford their very own gyms, guys... let alone in their own houses for jiminy sakes! Cheezewhiz, why bust open so much negativity on this very wholesome and considerate blurb, which endorses a positive concept, not merely a business. Being two fit men living in a posh town like ridgefield should make you abundantly aware of what luxury and pamperedness can do to a person's body! Golly...
Detective John Kimble September 04, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Hello citizens of Ridgefield, my name is Detective Kimble of the Internet Bureau of Investigation (IBI). This article is currently under investigation for allegedly "funneling money to local businesses." Many of you may not know but this is a crime. We have been tracking Patch's news stories in Ridgefield, and thanks to an informant on this comment thread we have found that they occasionally feature small businesses that are just starting out which may or may not end up in additional revenue due to public exposure, but what remains a mystery is how Patch the company "funnels the money" into these businesses. David Bowie will keep us informed of any discoveries as they are made, as he "funnels information" into our funnel. Thank you for your time, and remember, stalking is a crime. -Kimble
The Funneler September 04, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Well, well, well! If it isn't Mr. Bowie and Dectective Kimble, back again at their meager attempts to thwart my designs. Well then, have at me you two, I challenge you now as I've challenged you before. Let my continued uprisings be testament to the utter failure of your efforts to stopping me!


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