What is Gyrotonic?

The fundamentals of the Gyrotonic® methodology consists of a totally new exercise system, using GYROKINESIS® principles as the basis to exercise the musculature while mobilizing and articulating the joints.

This “System” is served by a series of specially designed exercise equipment, which is built around the human body with all regards to total freedom in movement, no restriction to speed and versatility, and enhances rather than distracts from coordination, strength and flexibility.

The motion patterns are natural, turbulence free and pure with no interruption, creating a bridge between contraction and extension through the rotating movement of the joints, resulting in a balanced support system for the skeleton.

Special attention is paid to increase the functional capacity of the spine, resulting in a superior and well-proportioned body, which is significantly less prone to injuries. It also reduces long term accumulation of micro trauma the physique obtains, and extraordinary flexibility and essential strength, culminating in an organic rejuvenation, increased vitality and vigor.

Origin: Gyrokinesis® method was developed by Juliu Horvath, a gymnast, ballet dancer and a swimmer. When many injuries and pain severely limited his physical abilities, he set out to find a way to recover. His search led him to the study of yoga. His intense practice and deep personal experiences resulted in the creation of this original system. He spent many more years teaching and focusing on making the system accessible to people at almost any level of physical capacity. He invented exercise equipment and an accompanying exercise system called GYROTONIC® based on the same principles.

Method: Sitting on a stool, the senses are awakened through self-massage, the nervous system is stimulated through breathing. This is followed by rhythmical spinal/pelvic/head spiraling, rippling, undulating movements in all possible planes of motion. Once the spine and the nervous system are prepared to support the movement of the limbs, circular arm and leg movements are integrated. As muscle tone and total body awareness increases more advanced exercises are performed on the floor and standing.

Principles: Gyrokinesis® exercises integrate key principles of yoga, tai chi, dance and sports while being an original system. The body is stimulated and worked gradually through fluid repetitious movements. Each exercise series individually progresses in range of movement, intensity and speed. Specific breathing patterns for each exercise open up energy pathways. It naturally invites and engages the whole organism to participate as opposed to feeling pain and restriction that lead to resistance/ trauma.

Circularity of the movements continuously transfers the effort from the agonist to the antagonist muscle groups and vice versa, this is coupled with active elongation of the muscles and precise directing of the force through the bone structure.

Improved coordination, balance, strength and flexibility are achieved and sustained naturally at a deep level.