MOVE Wellness Studios in Ann Arbor specializes in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods, complimentary exercise systems that fall under the umbrella of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.  This exercise system was developed by Juliu Horvath as a way to heal himself and regain his strength and agility after a dance injury that affected his whole body.


Gyrotonic training is a three-dimensional movement system based on the principles of yoga, dance, tai chi, and swimming. Clients will focus on stretching and strengthening muscles while simultaneously stimulates and strengthens the connective tissues in and around the joints of the body. These exercises are coordinated with corresponding breathing patterns, enhancing aerobic and cardiovascular stimulation, balance, detoxification, increased oxygenation and circulation, lymphatic movement, and cranial sacral stimulation. Gyrotonic exercise promotes neuromuscular rejuvenation, spine and joint decompression, enhanced spinal articulation, core strengthening, mindfulness and overall awareness. The exercises are performed on beautifully crafted weight and pulley-based machines, and involve a series of circular and fluid movements.

Pilates Trainer sitting on a stool doing stretches for sitters


Gyrokinesis exercise systematically and gently works the joints and muscles with fluid movements. You will practice sitting on a stool and on a mat. Like Gyrotonic training, the Gyrokinesis method works on the entire body through six natural elements of spinal movement: extension, flexion, side bend, rotation (spiral), lateral glide and circumduction as well as all other joint articulation. In addition to building a connected and strong musculoskeletal system, these movements stimulate the body’s internal organs, fluids, glands, muscles, and bones. Postures are not held for long periods of time. Instead, they are smoothly and harmoniously connected through the use of breath, making exercises appear and feel more like a dance or swimming. Gyrokinesis classes can be done in-person and online.

Pilates Trainer sitting on a stool doing stretches for sitters

 You can experience the wisdom and depth of this system in private sessions, small group training and livestream classes. In private sessions and small group your trainer will focus on your unique needs while you enjoy moving your body. Interested in virtual classes? Try out Gyrokinesis in our livestream classes and work out from the comfort of your own home.

No matter the format, MOVE’s expert trainers work with clients of all ages, levels, and abilities whether you are new to fitness, an elite athlete, pre- or postnatal, recovering from injury, or simply seeking a new challenge. Whatever your conditioning goal, Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis training are efficient, effective, and safe ways to increase your flexibility, develop your core, and release tension.

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The Benefits of the Gyrotonic & Gyrokinesis Exercise

There are many benefits to Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis exercise, whether it is done independently or incorporated into a larger workout routine:

  • Promotes strong, lean muscles
  • Increases flexibility, coordination, and balance
  • Enhances joint mobility and articulation
  • Brings ease and balance into movement
  • Increases circulation of blood, lymphatic fluids, and energy
  • Complements/supplements physical therapy and other rehabilitative bodywork
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis and slow the aging process through mental and physical stimulation and regeneration
  • Relieves low back pain and the postural effects of sitting.
  • Improves neurological issues, such as Parkinson’s and MS, through mind-body focus,  concentration and coordination

MOVE Wellness offers private sessions and small group private sessions where you can work with others at a similar level and enjoy camaraderie and accountability. We also offer Gyrokinesis classes online via our interactive, livestream classes.

“Work within the comfort zone of your body, move without effort and with a smile in your heart. Be kind to yourself and don’t compare to others. Watch what happens — you will grow and your body will evolve.” – Juliu Horvath

Gyrotonic Private Sessions

Our trainers will use their expertise to create a customized Gyrotonic exercise-based fitness program for you. No two bodies are the same and our aim is to work with each client as an individual with unique needs and goals. MOVE’s trainers will help you understand your body so that you can be fit, strong and empowered – and prevent injuries. And if needed, we are happy to work as part of a care team with your medical providers.

Working with a trainer in a private session has many benefits. Your MOVE trainer will:
  • Take you through a customized workout to help you achieve your fitness goals
  • Ensure that you’re training correctly and maximizing your workout
  • Provide support, motivation, and accountability
  • Help you improve mobility, flexibility, strength and endurance so that you can enjoy doing more of the things you love
  • Help you recover from injury and safely transition from a physical therapy program

Schedule your Introductory Private Session today to get started with a MOVE trainer!

Small Group Private Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Training:

With our small group training option you can have the camaraderie of a group class setting with the benefits of a private session. These classes are limited in size, allowing you to progress with a group of similarly leveled clients. For these sessions, your trainer will teach the principles of the method at a level appropriate for your group. Our desk team will help you choose classes that will challenge you safely and allow you to receive the maximum benefit.  

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Gyrotonic Method


What are the benefits of doing Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Exercise?

  • 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 Wellness Studios in a Gyrotonic session?

We have Pulley Towers, the Jumping Stretching Board and the Archway. Each of these beautifully crafted pieces facilitates 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.


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.

While both the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® and Pilates build core strength and increase flexibility and coordination, there are some key differences. This includes the way that exercises are performed, the type of equipment used, and the focus in the body.

Click here to learn about the key differences between Pilates and the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.  

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