Gyrotonic Expansion System®is a revolutionary movement system that draws from key principles of gymnastics, swimming, ballet, and yoga. With GYROTONIC® exercise, major muscle groups are worked interdependently and in an integrated manner in order to increase range of motion and develop coordination. The founder Juliu Horvath, incorporated his experience as a dancer, swimmer and gymnast as well as his profound studies of yoga, acupuncture an Chinese medicine into the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.
Principles:Stabilisation through ContrastInstead of attempting to create stabilisation by fixing or holding the body in a particular position, The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® encourages the mover to find a balance between reaching, or lengthening outward (extending or expanding), and pulling inward toward the bodies core (tensing, or retracting). This opposition is not static, instead there is a continuous wave like pulsation of reaching out, and reeling in from the center of the body. In this way stability is attained by a counterbalance of opposing forces.Decompression of the jointsJoints that are overly compressed cannot move freely. Decompression of the joints can be attained by utilising the principle of stabilisation through contrast, along with cuing exercisers to articulate joints with a scooping, curvilinear motion. By creating a scooping motion, and moving around joints in a circular manner, greater space may be attained in the joints, optimising the quality,and efficiency of most joint movements.Coordination of movement and breathThe movement flow is based on continuously circling movements with a continuous resistance. All exercises are synchronised with corresponding breathing patterns and carried out in a melodically rhythmic way.
GYROTONIC® Equipment GYROTONIC® equipment has been developed around the human body with emphasis on total and complete freedom of movement. All of the equipment was designed to enhance the process of building coordination, strength, and flexibility, and has no restrictions in terms of variety of movement, speed and intensity.GYROTONIC® equipment incorporates curvilinear wooden framework, and has numerous adjustments so that it can be customised to each users unique physique, and physical ability.BenefitsSome of the benefits that may be gained by practicing the GYROTONIC® and Gyrokinesis® methods are increased circulation; cardiovascular stimulation; increased mobility of the joints; stimulation, and strengthening of the nervous system; mobilisation of the spine; improved sense perception; greater balance, and flow of energy; and improved coordination.