Cynshine Yoga, Pilates & More owner looks to help people through multiple modalities

Cyndi George, Cynshine Yoga Pilates & More
Cyndi George has spent her career in physical education and fitness. (Courtesy Cynshine Yoga, Pilates & More)

Cyndi George has spent her career in physical education and fitness. (Courtesy Cynshine Yoga, Pilates & More)

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A client does some abdominal stability work on the Stott Stability Reformer machine, part of an equipment suite. (Courtesy Cynshine Yoga, Pilates & More)
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Before and after photos show the improvement under McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release after 14 hours. (Courtesy Cynshine Yoga, Pilates & More(
Cyndi George has spent her life in the fitness and physical education realms.

She has taught physical education from pre-kindergarten through the university level and worked in hospitals and private clubs. That changed in 2017.

“I just decided that I wanted to venture out on my own as a part of a second act after working for everybody else,” she said. “So I opened up three summers ago with yoga, with Pilates, and then from there, I just started branching out.”

As the name suggests, George’s Cynshine Yoga, Pilates & More studio in Gilbert Town Square offers several modalities to work with people. She has hired instructors in different types of yoga and Pilates to complement her own offerings.

One of hers is neurokinetic therapy, which she describes as looking for dysfunctional muscle patterns in the body, perhaps from surgery, a twisted ankle or driving with your wallet in a back pocket.

“It’s just telling the brain to stop sending the signal over here,” George said. “Send the signal over here where it needs to go.”

That can be accomplished through stretching or Pilates or perhaps another favorite activity of George: scar tissue release.

George began studying a technique for this when she was working with a client who had many scars. Progress was being made, but not enough in George’s estimation. She found the noninvasive McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release technique and spent the summer of 2018 learning it from Alistair McLoughlin. She raves about clients’ results.

“People will tell me, they’ll feel like maybe tingling or like a pinprick,” George said. “It’s definitely the tissues that are waking up” as blood flow is restored through them.

Among George’s favorite people to work with are beginners and older folks.

“I kind of stick to my folks that just want to touch the ground again or just try to get back into what feels good,” she said.

Scar tissue release

After discovering the McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release, or MSTR, technique, Cyndi George became one of its first six certified instructors.

Here are some facts from George on MSTR:

Differing scars: There are different kinds of scars—keloid, hypertrophic, atrophic, burn, grafts and flaps—and some respond better than others to treatment.

Successes: Two studies demonstrated that the average scar tissue size reduced on average around 33% in one 15-minute treatment.

Emotional release: Working on freeing tight fascia may evoke an emotional release as well.

Cynshine Yoga, Pilates & More

1090 S. Gilbert Road, Ste. 101, Gilbert


Hours: Mon.-Wed., Fri. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thu. 8 a.m.-4 p.m; Sat. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; closed Sun.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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