The Gyrotonic Expansion System is a revolutionary system of exercise that incorporates key movement principles from yoga, dance, gymnastics, swimming and tai-chi. Developed by Juliu Horvath, a former dancer and gymnast, Gyrotonic movement stretches and strengthens muscles while simultaneously stimulating and strengthening the connective tissues in and around the joints.
The even and constant resistance of Gyrotonic machines avoids the jarring that frequently causes injury to users of more conventional exercise equipment. The exercises, synchronized with corresponding breathing patterns, provide stimulation to the cardiovascular and nervous systems which can range from gentle to quite challenging depending on the pace and intensity of the workout. Unique to the Gyrotonic Expansion System is the three-dimensionality of the movements. Circular rather than linear in nature, Gyrotonic exercise incorporates spiraling and undulating motions on multiple movement planes, which increase the functional capacity of the spine and keep the body’s energy continuously flowing. Fully adjustable to the needs of every body type and strength level, Gyrotonic movement is used worldwide in therapeutic, dance, sport-specific and general conditioning facilities by people of all ages. It is a system that bridges the gap between Eastern and Western disciplines resulting in total equilibrium and complete freedom of movement.
- Helps control body weight and sculpts the body.
- Builds functional strength throughout the spine and connective tissues.
- Articulates the spine and creates greater mobility in joints.
- Strengthens and tones the abdominal muscles.
- Improves balance coordination and neuromuscular control.
- Increases stamina with minimal impact on the joints.
- Relieves energetic stagnation and opens the pathways of the meridian – system.
- Improves athletic performance by balancing the body.
- Rehabilitates injuries, helps prevent injuries.
Gyrokinesis classes are an important component of Juliu Horvath methodology. Class begins with self-massage and simple breathing patterns that stimulate and awaken the senses. It then progresses through a series of motions that mobilize the spine and pelvis through arching, curling, bending, twisting and spiraling.
These movement patterns are repeated on other areas of the body to release the joints of the arms and legs in all possible directions. Connected together harmoniously through the use of breath, the postures begin to feel more like a dance than traditional yoga. The fluidity of the movements with their corresponding breathing patterns oxygenate the blood, stimulate the nervous system, and open up the energy pathways of the body. Some of the exercises are performed on low stools while others are done lying down, sitting, or standing. Gyrokinesis movement maximizes the flow of energy through the body leaving you feeling energized, balanced, and grounded.
- Articulates the spine and develops greater mobility in the joints
- Strengthens and tones the abdominal muscles
- Elongates the musculature and shapes the body
- Improves balance, coordination, and neuromuscular control
- Increases stamina with minimal impact to the joints
- Opens energy centers and relieves stagnation
- An invigorating and pain free workout
- Meditative, calming and stress-reducing