The Gyrotonic® Expansion System is a holistic approach to movement that is designed to meet the needs of people of all ages and abilities. Gyrotonic® students are both young and old, recovering from illness or injury and healthy.
“I want music in my body and poetry in my body, and I want to be skillful without struggle; it has to come without struggle” – Juliu Horvath, Gyrotonic® Expansion System founder.”
Juliu Horvath created Gyrotonic® equipment and exercises after many years of intense study and self-exploration. This unique method offers the same benefits also acquired by practicing yoga, dance, gymnastics, swimming and tai chi, but is not derived from these exercises modalities.
Gyrotonic® methodology allows users to stretch and strengthen muscles, while simultaneously stimulating and strengthening connective tissues in and around the joints of the body. These exercises are synchronized with corresponding breathing patterns, thus enhancing aerobic and cardiovascular stimulation and promoting neuro-muscular rejuvenation.
Gyrotonic® exercises offer complete freedom of movement. Exercises are performed on the Professional Pulley Tower, and the system is fully adjustable and can meet the needs of many people with varying body types and levels of strength. The even and constant resistance in the handle unit and pulley tower, (through the triple reduction in the pulleys), completely eliminates the jarring that takes place at the beginning and end of exercises performed on conventional exercise equipment, when many injuries occur. The circular, spiraling and undulating movements that characterize the Gyrotonic® Expansion System help to increase the functional capacity of the spine, contributing to a spherical and three-dimensional awareness, resulting in increased equilibrium.
Because Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® methodologies can be categorized as “holistic” in nature, and if it follows that the physical body is closely linked and intertwined with the emotional and mental bodies, i.e. the emotions and the mind, than one may also potentially benefit emotionally or mentally by practicing Gyrotonic® or Gyrokinesis® exercises. The body, emotions and mind are considered as one unit, and the stimulation or healing of one aspect may have an effect on another aspect.
In addition, many clients of Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® Trainers worldwide have not been injured and have no major health issues, but they take Gyrotonic® lessons or Gyrokinesis® classes regulary because they like the way that they feel afterward and it helps them more easily deal with the potential stress incurred by living in a fast-paced, 21st Century society.