GYROTONIC Expansion System®
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The GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods are complementary exercise methods that fall under one umbrella - the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. Both methods were developed by Juliu Horvath, an ethnic Hungarian, professional dancer from Romania. Horvath suffered a series of debilitating injuries during his dance career, and began developing what are now known as the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods as a way to heal himself and regain his strength and agility.
GYROTONIC exercises are performed on custom-designed GYROTONIC equipment, whereas GYROKINESIS exercises are performed on a mat and chair. Both exercise sequences are composed of spiraling, circular movements, which flow together seamlessly in rhythmic repetitions, with corresponding breath. Each movement flows into the next, allowing the joints to move through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression.These carefully crafted sequences create balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility and is really is something anyone can do; young or old, fit or unfit, people recovering from an injury or those who are 100 percent healthy.
Frequently Asked Questions About the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®
What is the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®?
GYROTONIC® training is a three-dimensional movement system taught on unique weight and pulley based equipment. Founded by Juliu Horvath, in the principles of yoga, dance, tai chi, and swimming, GYROTONIC is a series of circular and fluid exercises that works the entire body through muscular, skeletal, and cardiovascular stimulation.
What are the benefits of doing GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®?
- Promotes strong, lean muscles
- Increases flexibility, coordination, and balance
- Enhances joint mobility and articulation
- Frees the body of pain and restrictions
- Increases circulation of blood, lymphatic fluids, and energy
- Strengthens the nervous system
- Complements/supplements physical therapy and other rehabilitative bodywork
- Helps prevent osteoporosis
- Helps to slow the aging process through mental and physical stimulation and regeneration
What equipment is used at MOVE in a GYROTONIC® session?
At MOVE we have Pulley Towers, the Jumping Stretching Board and the Archway. Each of these beautifully crafted pieces facilitate decompression of the joints and stimulation of the whole body. Specific emphasis is placed upon balanced and healthy spinal motion. The Pulley Tower guides the body through natural spiraling movement, while its pulley based design provides assistance in tractioning spine and joints. The Jumping stretching board further assists in guiding the spine and joints into deeper mobilization, challenges balance, and builds strength and stability by utilizing sliding and rotating attachments on which to stand, kneel, or sit while performing a wide range of movements. The Archway provides opportunities to train the body in various relationships to gravity and to perform hanging movements, which are especially important in creating decompression in the shoulders and spine. While there are Archway exercises that are appropriate for all fitness levels this piece of equipment is often used for highly athletic and challenging training.
Is GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® done privately or in a group class?
GYROTONIC is done in a private setting only, while GYROKINESIS can be done either as a private or in a group class.
What is the difference between Pilates and the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®?
At first glance, the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® bears some resemblance to Pilates. They both build strength and flexibility. They both have equipment and non-equipment based exercises. Just as Joseph Pilates’ inspiration came out of his own childhood illness, Romanian-born dancer Juliu Horvath devised the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® to help rehabilitate his back and Achilles tendon injuries. Both methods are a culmination of other exercise philosophies, as well as, innovations in movement and the healing arts.
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