The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® is an movement modality that uses unique, weighted, pulley systems to assist with increasing range of motion and strength in a fluid, circular way. Our bodies are not linear and should be moved in all of the ways it can to maintain mobility. The GYROTONIC® method was founded by Juliu Horvath, inspired by whole body, efficient and graceful movements like yoga, dance, swimming, and tai chi.
The specialized line of GYROTONIC® equipment supports the natural movement patterns of the body. Sophisticated adjustments allow trainers to adapt the equipment to the ideal setting for each person, adapting for things such as height, arm and leg length, natural range of motion and physical ability.
The GYROKINESIS® Method is similar to the GYROTONIC® Method as they use the same principles to increase range of motion, create functional strength and stability, and stimulate the nervous system all while coordinating movement with breathing.
The difference between them is that GYROKINESIS® exercise is done using only a stool or a chair and a mat for floor work rather than the equipment. This class consists of rhythmic, flowing movement sequences usually done in a group class setting, cultivating a strong sense of community but also increased self awareness. The class often begins with connecting to your breath and self massage to awaken the senses and nervous system. It then continues with seated, fluid spinal movements to articulate the spine in all of the ways it can move- arching, curling, sideways arching, and spiraling. The class then finishes with floor work in a variety of positions done standing, kneeling or seated to explore more joint mobility and muscular strength. This class is adaptable for all skill levels and comfort levels. Because this class requires no equipment, it can be done anywhere!
Pilates is a training method focused on alignment, posture, core strength and overall muscular endurance. Pilates was created in the 1920's by Joseph Pilates, as a rehabilitation system that was first used on himself, dancers and soldiers returning home. Pilates uses both simple mat work as well as spring resistance-based specialized equipment, the most popular being the Pilates Reformer, to build full body awareness, strength and overall muscular balance.
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