Gyrotonic®

Develop Mobility and Suppleness in Muscles and Joints

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Gyrotonic is a unique exercise system that increases flexibility and strength through multi-directional and circular movements

GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® was developed by Juliu Horvath, who patented his ideas and designed the ergonomically correct wood crafted machines that are used for GYROTONIC®.

It is a powerful system of exercise for conditioning, stretching, strength, balance, and flexibility. The exercises build muscular strength and promote stability around the joints, enabling increased range of motion. People of all ages and all levels of fitness can participate.

Some of the benefits that may be gained by practicing the gyrotonic method are increased circulation; cardiovascular stimulation; increased mobility of the joints; stimulation, and strengthening of the nervous system; mobilization of the spine; improved sense perception; greater balance, and flow of energy and improved coordination.

  • Greater mind-body awareness

  • Increased circulation and cardiovascular stimulation

  • Longer and leaner muscles

  • Improved posture and balance

  • Increased joint and spine mobility

  • Increased core strength

Differences between Gyrotonic and Pilates

While GYROTONIC® classes can be similar to Pilates classes in that both aim to increase flexibility and strength and can both involve equipment, the main difference lies in the focus and the movement experience.

Pilates focuses on key alignment issues and it makes use of your muscular, skeletal and nervous systems to re-educate movement patterns within the body. Gyrotonic focuses instead on your muscle, fascia, skeletal and nervous systems as well as your energetic body. This lends a more holistic feel to the practice as the physical is integrated with the emotional and mental.

Movement wise, the movements for Pilates are generally linear or two dimensional and they work on specific muscles with repetition of exercises to achieve the ultimate form. Gyrotonic, on the other hand, works in circular and spiralling movements so the patterns become multi-directional and three dimensional.

The Gyrotonic sequences integrate the use of separate muscle groups. They base their fluid movement patterns on spinal motions including arching, curling, spiraling, waving, and side-to-side bending. The circular, uninterrupted motions help people develop their flexibility and coordination while also strengthening their bodies.

The low-impact nature of Gyrotonic is yet another major advantage. Joints can move freely and organically with the goal of revving up the neurological system while stimulating, moving, and strengthening every system of the body.

One way to describe the difference is to think of Pilates being like classical ballet and Gyrotonic being like contemporary dance. While we love and promote both and strongly believe that the two are complementary to each other, we also recognise that different modalities suit different clients – so try them both out with us today and find out what works best for you!

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