SPīRO ( Latin word for breathing) is a stretching device. Elena created the Spiro because of life long passion for living well and helping others live well. It started with the death of her father, a physician, who died from a heart attack when he was only 51 years old. Eight days later, her 28 year-old brother (bottom pic) also died from a heart attack. These two premature deaths set her on a quest to understand how to keep herself and others healthy. Her father knew the importance of self-care, but he was so dedicated to his patients and to his family that he did not make his own health a priority. She remembers him being stiff and frequently having back and joint pain. He used to tell Elena that she could learn to do anything that she wanted if she practiced just 5 minutes a day. She wishes that her father had taken 5 minutes a day for self-care. This is why she created Spiro. Having taught yoga for over 25 years, she wanted to create something to manage stress and feel better that was easy to use and doable in just 5 to 10 minutes a day. Her hope for the future of SPIRO is to encourage others to prioritize their well-being so that they can live long and happy lives along side the company of their family and friends.
“Stress and physical inactivity are leading causes of disease and disability,” warns the World Health Organization, making it one of the more serious yet insufficiently addressed public health problems. Sedentary lifestyles increase all causes of death, doubles the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, anxiety and depression. Yet due to lack on know-how and barriers to exercise, no one really knows how to easily stretch their body and keep themselves active at home, school or work. Now we have SPIRO.
The SPIRO is a game changer. It is the perfect tool for home, school, work, yoga, physical therapy, athletic programs, and senior adult settings. A daily 5+ minute habit of stretching and consciously breathing helps protect our mobility and independence. When gentle stretching is performed in conjunction with conscious deep breathing, the benefit multiplies as over 70% of toxins in the body are released in the lungs through respiration. Grab your SPIRO, concentrate on your breath, and gently stretch all of your muscles and joints. You will feel better immediately. SPIRO makes it easy for all people to incorporate and normalize a daily habit of stretching, just like brushing our teeth. The Spiro is for the body and mind what dental floss is to the teeth.
Thank you for using your Spiro. Five minutes a day is the least a person can do to keep themselves fit and mobile. We can’t have a healthcare system without a self-care system. Everyone benefits when we take good care of ourselves.