Gyrotonic® is a totally new exercise system, using Gyrokinetics as the basis to exercise the musculature while mobilizing and articulating the joints, simultaneously stretching and strengthening the body with minimal effort, while increasing range of motion and developing coordination.
Improve Flexibility, Balance & Muscle Strength
An exercise system created by Juliu Horvath, an ethnic Hungarian born in Romania. Horvath, who was trained as a ballet dancer, sought asylum in the United States in the 1960s and developed the Gyrotonic system there, after an injured Achilles tendon brought his dance career to a halt. He began to practice yoga, and developed a system called “Yoga for Dancers,” which eventually evolved into Gyrokinesis.
Gyrotonic® exercises employ movements found in swimming, yoga, gymnastics, and tai chi, using specialized machines developed by Horvath. The system is intended to improve flexibility and balance as well as muscle strength, and to increase overall flexibility and mobility in joints. It has been compared to and contrasted with Pilates but offers much more flexion.
Where do you begin?
It is recommended that your first session be a private one, that is, a one-on-one session with an instructor. This class will introduce you to the apparatus, give you an idea of where your body is in terms of strengths and weaknesses and allow you to formulate personal goals. After your first private session it will be up to you and your instructor to decide if you are ready to move into a duet or a semi-private (group) session or need to take a few more private sessions.