GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®
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The Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods are complementary exercise systems that fall under one umbrella – the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. Both methods were developed by Juliu Horvath as a way to heal himself and regain his strength and agility after a dance injury. Gyrotonic training is a three-dimensional movement system taught on unique weight and pulley based equipment. Using the principles of yoga, dance, tai chi, and swimming, Gyrotonic work is a series of circular and fluid exercises that works the entire body through muscular, skeletal, and cardiovascular stimulation. These carefully crafted sequences create balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility and are appropriate for everyone.
- Gyrotonic exercises are performed in private sessions or small groups on custom-designed Gyrotonic equipment.
- Gyrokinesis exercises are taught in a group setting sitting on a stool and then moving to the mat for floor exercises.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Gyrotonic Method
What are the benefits of doing Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Excercise?
- 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. Click here to learn about the key differences.
GYROTONIC®, GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® and GYROKINESIS® are registered trademarks of Gyrotonic Sales Corp and are used with their permission.