The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® is a holistic approach to movement. GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercise increases strength and flexibility, renews energy and vitality, and fosters a general sense of calm and wellbeing. GYROTONIC® exercise sequences are composed of arches, spirals and circular movements which flow together seamlessly in rhythmic repetitions accompanied by a corresponding breathe. GYROTONIC® methodology can be adapted to fit any ones ability and is practiced by people of all walks of life, including athletes, dancers, baby boomers, senior citizens and people recovering from illness or injury.
What is GYROTONIC®?
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 GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® 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. Since the thirty plus years, Horvath began developing the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods, the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® has grown to include a global community of over 7,800 GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Trainers teaching in 52 countries.
The GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods are both highly adaptable, making them accessible to everyone, regardless of age or physical ability. GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® students live in many parts of the world, and come from all walks of life. Accomplished athletes and dancers, college students, baby boomers, senior citizens, and people with disabilities--many have become devoted practicioners of GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercise.
How can GYROTONIC® help me?
The GYROTONIC® method is accessible to a wide range of people with a wide range of needs. While athletes love this method of exercise for strength building and coordination, anyone can benefit from GYROTONIC® training. The professional athlete looking to improve his place in a sport, the dancer warming-up before dance classes or a recital, that week-end golf ʻwarriorʻ or tennis player desiring to stay limber, anyone desiring to have improved posture, or someone who just wants to rise from his bed each morning free of back pain can all benefit from the GYROTONIC® method.
If you sit for long periods of time, have postural problems, lower-back or joint pain, or if you are recovering from a recent surgery, you can benefit from the liberating and amazingGYROTONIC® movements. Chronic sufferers of back pain find that other forms of exercise are too taxing and have discovered GYROTONIC® training as an alternative and safer way to accomplish a daily exercise program.
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Designed to take the body “beyond it’s current limitations”, GYROTONIC® training stretches and elongates muscles, stimulating connective tissue in and around the joints and improving balance, coordination, strength and flexibility. Juliu Horvath, creator and founder, believs that exercise should be a creative and playful experience.
GYROTONIC® training uses apparatus that permit the person to move with support and resistance. Gyrotonic exercises allow the body to work in continuous, flowing movements and is synchronized with corresponding breathing patterns. Advocates of the work say it enhances aerobic and cardiovascular stimulation and promotes neuromuscular rejuvenation.
“Gyrotonic movements consist of guiding the body through a series of circles and spirals. It helps us create a musculature that is strong but that also has the dexterity to allow the bones to do what they are meant to do. Furthermore, it allows the body to keep moving, without interruption, because of the circularity of the movements and the design of the equipment itself. “There is no endpoint to Gyrotonic exercises,” says Matt Aversea, Vice President of Gyrotonic International in Pennsylvania.
The GYROTONIC® method is perfect for anyone who just wants to maintain good balance and strength through the aging process. Protecting aging joints makes this method of exercise especially attractive to the “Boomer” generation.
“GYROTONIC®, is the therapy that allows me to continue to feel safe while exercising,” Gordon Chang, 87 years.
What is the difference between GYROTONIC® and Pilates training methods?
Generally Pilates tends to be Linear and Contracted. The GYROTONIC® method on the other hand is entirely circular and always expansive, it is never a contraction. Even when there is a curl there is extension. It’s main principle is space between the joints, space between the vertebrae, strength in extension. This is unique because most systems bring you strength in compression.
GYROTONIC® movement is fluid and moves the whole body at all times. Muscle groups are not segmented with GYROTONIC® training. One does not perform an arm exercise and a leg exercise later. GYROTONIC® training is closer to yoga and dance because you are using the entire body with complimented breathing techniques!
Don’t let your workout routine become “routine.” Discover this new method of exercise that promises to develop increased strength while leaving you feeling more flexible and relaxed after a workout. At first glance, you might think this is just another Pilates class, but look again! These folks are doing the GYROTONIC® method. Many who tryGYROTONIC® exercises just after a few sessions are hooked and love that it improves their posture allowing them to feel rejuvenated, and standing taller and more erect. Anyone can do this! TRY THE GYROTONIC® METHOD!!!
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