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Henry van de Velde Award

Business Innovation Award 2020

Gymna.PRO is a Henry van de Velde Award Winner 2020 in the business innovation category! 


What is a Henry Van de Velde Award?

The Henry van de Velde Awards are the biggest design awards in Belgium. Flanders DC gives these design awards to honour good design in all its shapes and forms. Not only do the awards honour the designers as well as the clients, they also emphasise the excellence of the products, services and projects that are designed and made in Belgium.

Design has many splendid forms. This is why there are 10 award categories. Designers and their clients (organisors as well as design companies) can enter the competition with their recent products, projects or services. They can chose out of 6 categories: Communication, Design-led Crafts, Ecodesign, Efficiency, Everyday Life and Healthcare. For the Henry van de Velde Awards for Young Talent, Company and Lifetime Achievement, the jury decides indepently, without registration forms. For the final award, the Henry van de Velde Public Award, it is the public at large that has the final vote in an online competition.

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Why did gymna.PRO win the award?

“An everyday product is allowed to be special'' this is Gymna’s credo. During the development of the new treatment table, the goal was to look at the traditional treatment table with a critical eye and to reinvent it. Although design is always important in the development of Gymna products, the main goal here was to design a treatment table with the needs of both patient and physiotherapist in mind. With the use of new techniques, materials and improvements, specific innovative solutions were found to deal with everyday issues that have been always taken for granted. The result is a treatment table that unmistakably bears the Gymna signature and distinguishes itself at different levels.

The gymna.PRO looks more like a piece of furniture through its rounded and user-friendly details instead of hard industrial components. Hidden mechanics and built-in LED lighting also play a role in this. The closed base is easier to clean and ensures extra hygiene.

The improved arm support feature, that allows the therapist to lower the arm supports simultaneously, ensures more ergonomic patient positioning and together with the Ergomax face support and wireless cushion heating extra patient comfort.

Thanks to the revolutionary Constant Patient Position concept, the patient can take any position on a 3-section table without the need for rotation.

For the physiotherapist the solid and stable construction make that there is minimal flex and movement under load and that no energy loss occurs during treatment. The lateral supports offer the therapist even more freedom of movement and make it easy to maintain the ideal working position, close to the patient, without tension on the shoulders or the back.

Because of the solid and stable construction, the table barely bends under stress and it barely moves, so there is no loss of energy during the treatment. The lateral support gives the physiotherapist more freedom of movement and this makes it possible to manage an ideal working posture.

The intelligent foot-operated system can reached from anywhere around the table and allows accurate and safe height adjustment. A programmable memory function, with room for 3 programmable height settings and remote-control can be selected.  

Optional motors, easy to operate at the touch of a button and to effortlessly adjust cushions are available. These offer comfort for both patient, who does not need to stretch and physiotherapist.  The ergonomically formed switches, positioned below the cushions, light up in different colours for up- and downward adjustments.

Because of the wide range of models, finishes and options, each physiotherapist can personalize their own gymna.PRO table.