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Who is the GYROTONIC® method good for? What does it do for you? What’s the difference between the -tonic and the -kinesis?
The words GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® are both adjectives used to describe a movement method. A lot of people tend to make Gyrotonic plural, but it does not end in an ‘s.’ The freedictionary.com defines “gyro” as a rotating mechanism in the form of a universally mounted spinning wheel that offers resistance to turns in any direction. In a Gyrotonic class, our full bodies, from the external to the deepest internal, become that spinning mechanism.
The Gyrotonic Corporation owns both words in order to keep teaching standards high. One performs Gyrotonic exercises on special equipment while one may perform a Gyrokinesis workout using just a stool and a mat. Juliu Horvath, the creator of the system, invented the Gyrotonic Pulley Tower Combination unit and four other pieces of specialized equipment. At Spira, we teach Gyrotonic sessions on the Pulley tower and on the specialized Jumping Stretching Board.
Gyrotonic exercise works well with a variety of bodies. A student learns 5 basic spinal motions, a technique to engage the pelvic abdominal core, and how to send muscular energy from the core throughout the body. Much like yoga, the Gyrotonic method allows a student to enter the movement within their own comfort zone while offering the possibility of moving past blockages. The universal motions offered, such as the spinal waves, can help to awaken the body’s inner intelligence system which can unwind from injury, misalignments, habits, or an unfamiliarity with areas of the body. The inner intelligence system isn’t an esoteric concept–it’s the part of you that knows you are tired, knows how to digest food, and knows how to keep your heart beating without you having to consciously think of it. Trusting that your body already knows what to do can be a major hurdle in unlocking mysteries of chronic pain or aches. The Gyrotonic method assists people in finding increased joint mobility along the spine, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles. People who have movement experience in swimming, T’ai Chi, gymnastic, dance, or yoga will find common elements in a Gyrotonic session. Gyrotonic exercises can help people with limited mobility to reach new places of possibility and has shown great success working with professional dancers and athletes. In a class, we focus on breath, coordinating movements, learning sequences, and moving multiple areas of the body at once. Try a group Gyrokinesis class or a private Gyrotonic session to feel it for yourself; this is a truly unique and intelligent exercise modality.
GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, GYROTONIC®, and GYROKINESIS® are trademarks of Gyrotonic Sales Corporation and are used with their permission.