what is the GYROTONIC® method?
So, should I try Gyrotonic exercise?
Yes, all of Spira's instructors love to teach and to practice Gyrotonic. Your direct experience of this unique system will speak for itself!
How do I begin?
First, start with a private session series. Our New Student Special is the perfect way to begin your journey. [Some of our teachers do not book online, so feel free to send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule directly.]
Once you have completed several private sessions, ask your teacher about joining our group Gyrotonic Tower classes for 4 particpants.
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.
Private Sessions: the best place to start
Gyrotonic exercise works well with a variety of bodies. In your private session, you learn 5 basic spinal motions, a technique to engage the pelvic abdominal core, and how to send muscular energy from the core throughout the body. These lessons translate onto the beautiful Gyrotonic equipment with weights, pulleys, and churning handles.
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.
Spira is proud to be a teacher training facility for Gyrotonic movement.