what is the GYROTONIC® method?
The art of exercise
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. One performs Gyrotonic exercises on special equipment; a Gyrokinesis workout uses 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.
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.