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How World Champion Alan Hatherly restores and recovers.

Is this the model behind Alan Hatherly restoration success.

Gary John Sylvester has been working with elite sportsmen and women playing a key role in the restoration and recovery programs which contribute to optimal performance. Gary who has been working with athletes for sometime found that they continually experienced the same problems and injuries. He started looking for new ways to address these reoccurring problems, eventually finding the Lyno Method. He starting working working with his athletes doing the extensive assessments and identifying areas of weakness. Through physically releasing areas and retraining the habits which cause alignment issues, Gary started to see success with his athletes. Lyno is not only working on the athlete but with the athlete, guiding and identifying lifestyle movement habits which need changing. Gary mentioned that merely sitting cross legged daily can cause shortening of tissue and over time and with heavier training loads, these compensation patterns can result in injuries or pain. Gary address the whole system the entire body, the daily environment, the habits of the athlete in the environment and the training. Gary has recently been to the Cape Pioneer with World Champion Alan Hatherly. Prior to heading to Europe Gary worked with Alan on a hip problem, and he helped Alan through his recovery from the broken wrists earlier in the year.

Find the cause of reoccurring injuries and find the patterns which cause these chronic problems.

The Lyno Method is all about movement, the assessment of movement and analysis of movement. The Lyno FROM Test and the BUNKIE Test identify if you are moving in specific compensation patterns or whether you are blocked in certain movement patterns. Lyno technique then works to unblock and restore healthy movement patterns which are optimal and efficient.

The body is based on the Tensegrity Model – which basically means that everything in the body is connecting and everything has an effect on everything else.

The body is connected by fascia, it holds all the components of the body together; the bones, the organs and the muscle and allows them to move over each other by a liquid which bathes the fascia. This liquid is called hyaluronic acid.

Two things affect this liquid of the fascia and make it sticky; one – immobility (sitting in the same position for 8 hours a day) or two – over use (over use of say the right glutes muscles will have an effect on the fascia)

Over use of one group of muscles will cause the muscles to tighten and as a result have a lengthening effect (and weakening) on another part of the body. And this will have a knock on effect on the entire body because everything is connected and everything is affected.

Cyclists power is situated in the hips, having fascial tigthness can cause alignment issues with the hips which in turns affects the entire body. Imagine the Fascia as a web of thousands of thin sewing threads that work alongside each other. If they stick together, which happens when we are immobile or if we over work a certain area, the hyalunic becomes sticky . To a certain level, the body can handle it, but not always. If you look at a cat or a small child, they always stretch after they rest. Why?

Fascia that sticks together, which it does every night when we sleep or when we sit for long periods, affects mobility.

Fascia is a network of connective tissue, without beginning or end, and it envelopes almost everything in the body – from muscles and the skeleton, to organs and cells.

Is Lyno a therapy or lifestyle?

The aim of The LYNO Method is not only to create an awareness of body movements and habitual patterns, but also to guide the client towards neutral movement and more efficient movement patterns.

Cyclists should look at the following areas of weakness.

According to Gary each athlete has individual characteristics and weak areas which are created by lifestyle and training. Gary sees many cyclists who have Medial lines which are not activated, tight hip flexors and tight ITB. The medial line test below would quickly identify if you have a problem which needs attention.

The Bunkie Test for the Medial Line

Head, shoulders in line with the rest of the body, big toe and heel of bottom foot should touch the Bunkie. Medial Line


The Bunkie Test will show which myofascial tracks are dysfunctional.

The height of the Bunkie is determined by the length of the client’s upper arm.

The foot that holds the weight on the Bunkie, determines which line is to be tested, in other words if your right foot is on the Bunkie, you are testing the right line.