The Tornado360 was developed during Sydney’s Covid lockdown of 2021.
Allan Menezes has always been a forward thinker. Since discovering Pilates in the early 1980s he has developed some unique additions to pilates equipment.
When all businesses were closed in October 2021, Allan got to work in his garage to produce a rotational system for the spine. With his obsession for relieving back pain, from his own severe back injury, he started experimenting with three rotational discs and a plank of wood and developed the Tornado.
He didn’t gel with the word ‘twister’ as it was already used for the discs he was experimenting with.So he looked at the same word in different languages and in Polish, French and Spanish he saw the translation was Tornado.
Going through several iterations of the original device (the first one broke down under the weight of a heavy client) and different shapes and thicknesses of materials, Allan produced the current version – the Tornado360.
As we age we become less active. In fact, in our forties and fifties there is a commonly occurring condition very easily bandied around called DDD (Degenerative Disc Disease – I believe it’s a condition, NOT a disease).
DDD most commonly occurs in the cervical spine (neck) or the lumbar spine (lower back), as these areas of the spine undergo the most motion and are most vulnerable to wear and tear.
A most common symptom of DDD is a low-grade, continuous pain around the degenerating disc that occasionally flares up into more severe, potentially disabling pain, especially if the disc presses on a nerve.
As our discs have neither a nerve or a blood supply, we do not know when a disc has become damaged until we feel the nerve pain down the arm or leg.
Then follow visits to have your spine manipulated to alleviate the symptoms. This can be avoided.
SOLUTION: Correct, comfortable movement with biggest range is the best way to keep the entire spine healthy. The Tornado360 can do just this.
Once you have purchased the Tornado360 we give you access to a bank of videos for you to commence your program.
We also provide you with a one-to-one service to consult with Allan Menezes to determine which are the best exercises for you.
What our clients talking about our products
I am 67 years old and a keen golfer. Allan began to help improve my golf swing by freeing up my hips and back using a variety of exercises and more recently with his invention, the Tornado-360. The Tornado has really helped improve my swing, particularly my rotation through the ball. This has resulted in the extra distance and better accuracy off the tee. My hips no longer trouble me after a round as they once did. I have never felt so comfortable in my swing, thanks to the Tornado-360.
After using the Tornado for only a few minutes I could feel a stretch in my lower back that I couldn’t achieve with the reformer. Your range of motion goes way above and beyond what you can imagine. Using all of your muscles in a different way. This really compliments pilates and results can be felt right after your first use. I highly recommend this to everyone.
Pilates by Tracy
I’ve had back pain issues for a long time. I went to a physio who combined some massages and gave me a series of exercises. It worked but for a short time, hence more and more sessions. After using the Tornado exercises my back pain is gradually waning away. I highly recommend it. It is easy to use and the pain is relieved straight away.
Thank you for suggesting my trying the Tornado 101, I have to say it has been amazing, my lower back has stopped with the chronic pain, as well as my hips. It has also helped with my sleeping pattern, as I seem to be more relaxed if I use it before bed time. This has been an absolute game changer, thank you again.
Principal, Chic Model Management
The addition of the Tornado as part of my regular routine has helped significantly. Not only has it helped my overall fitness, mobility and strength, it has also markedly relieved tension in my neck and shoulders, subsequently alleviating (severe) migraine symptoms. The versatility of the Tornado means that I can attack postural issues at a variety of points: hips, core, upper back, shoulders and my neck. Highly recommended!.
Two years ago I started classes in the Menezes Method. At the start of this year Allan introduced me to his invention, the Tornado-360. I was so impressed that I bought one for home. The ‘stirring handle’ was added so I could work my shoulders for flexibility, mobility and strength, all of which have improved my golf swing. After 3 months I am now hitting the ball 10+ meters further. I’ve always had an ambition to win the President’s Cup at my Golf Club and last week I was knocked out on the 18th hole by the Club Champion.
Look out next year!! THANK YOU TORNADO and Allan!
I have severe scoliosis and suffer ongoing challenges with back pain. Allan Menezes has been helping me manage this condition for over twenty years and succeed in avoiding the ever-threatening surgery that hovers over me. His recent invention, The Tornado, has been of great help in freeing up the tendons and muscles in my strangely shaped back, and I’ve been amazed at how much my range of pain-free movement has increased with regular use of this unique piece of equipment.
My clients absolutely love the Tornado because it moves their bodies in ways they have never moved before. The Tornado is very beneficial for my rehab clients, as it gives high quality stretch, rotation and movement to all areas of the body, especially the spine, and they feel the benefits instantly. It also gives my advanced clients a fantastic challenge and has greatly improved their pilates gains. The Tornado is an integral part of my pilates sessions and my clients really look forward to using it.
Pilates Studio Owner
As an ex-athlete, I experienced different types of trainings that left you exhausted and in pain. That’s why I was a bit sceptical when I tried Tornado for the first time because it felt easy and smooth. But I kept going and it was definitely worth it. My long term back pain has gradually diminished. The Tornado not only gives me an amazing stretch in my lower back and shoulders but also flexibility and strength. My favourite moves are stirring, lunges and core exercises. Highly recommended.
Thank you Allan.
Ex Volleyball Player, 185cms