Benita Kropman

Founder: The Lyno Method

Benita Kropman, founder of the Lyno Method®, qualified as a physiotherapist at the UFS in Bloemfontein, South Africa, in 1982. For the first 14 years of her career, she focused mainly on sport therapy and specifically on triathletes, track and field athletes and runners. In the mid 90’s, Benita shifted her focus to injury prevention and with the support of Dr. Ranel Venter, senior lecturer at the Human Movement Studies Department of the University of Stellenbosch, she developed the Lyno Method®, a technique based on bio-mechanical balancing in order to break injury patterns.

Exploring Fascia – the early days

Through her contact with rolfer, Marius Strydom, she became interested in the principles of the Structural Integration and developed her own technique to release hyaluronic acid densification in order to facilitate full muscle mobility.

In 2006 she presented her research at the First International Fascia Research Conference at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA and in 2007 she published her first article in the JOURNAL OF BODYWORK AND MOVEMENT THERAPIES (Volume 13, number 1, Jan 2009) under the title: The ‘Bunkie’ test: Assessing functional strength to restore function through fascia manipulation.

In 2009 she was asked by the THE RUNNER’S WORLD magazine to run her own column in the magazine as 'The Running Therapist.'

In 2013 she was invited to be a speaker at the Podiatry Association of South Africa Congress in Johannesburg and in the same year she presented a workshop at the International SportPhysio Congress in Pretoria and spoke at the SSISA Leadership Performance Summit in Newlands, Cape Town.

Shifting the focus to rehabilitation of movement

At the beginning of 2015, Benita moved completely away from therapy and transformed the Lyno Method® into a wellness/lifestyle coaching modality, with the primary aim of facilitating a strong, balanced and fully functional body, to optimize performance and enhance longevity.

The Lyno Academy

The Lyno Academy was formed by Benita in 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa, where The Lyno Method is currently taught as an interactive course to practitioners in the medical, sport and wellness fields. Apart from Benita, courses are also taught by Gabi Dekenah (Cape Town), Jelize van Staden (Johannesburg) and Chandelle Lombard (Kwazulu-Natal), all experienced Lyno practitioners.

Since then Benita has been invited to teach the full course to osteopaths at the Osteopathie Schule in Hamburg and Berlin and also to physiotherapists in Daegu, South Korea.

She was also invited as a speaker and to present workshops at the International Osteopathy Conference on fascia in Berlin, Germany in 2018.

In 2018, Benita started to teach her course in the UK and a full series of courses is planned in the UK for 2020. Her focus in the UK is specifically on sport therapists, massage therapists, sport coaches and exercise instructors.

The Future

The Lyno® Method has evolved hugely over the past 23 years and with a fast growing community of Lyno Practitioners the concept of holistic assessment and management of fascia is becoming more and more popular.
Benita's motto of "Treat the cause, not the symptom" will hopefully in the near future become the norm, rather than an alternative view.

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