GYROTONIC® & Pilates
Gyrotonic is a three-dimensional exercise taught on unique weight and pulley based equipment. Founded by Juliu Horvath, drawing on the principles of yoga, dance, tai chi, and swimming, Gyrotonic training is a series of circular and fluid exercises that works the entire body through muscular, skeletal, and cardiovascular stimulation.
Gyrokinesis upholds the same principles of Gyrotonic, but is done on a stool and mat rather than the equipment. It is similar to a dance or yoga class, as it is taught in a group setting. Like a dance class, flow and rhythm are essential to the curriculum. But unlike a yoga class, there is no position holding or potential for energetic stagnation.
Classes can have a strong sense of community. Deeper personal rewards can be found as the class moves, breathes, and grows together.
In the beginning of the class, you prepare the mind and body for the movement ahead with an awakening of the senses through self-massage and simple breathing patterns.
In the seated position, you move through a series of fluid movements that mobilize the spine. These movements include arching, curling, bending, twisting, and spiraling. The same patterns are expanded further in the class.
Corresponding breathing patterns stimulate your nervous system, open energy pathways, and oxygenate the blood.
Encompassing a variety of positions including kneeling, seated, and standing, the floor work releases and strengthens the entire body. You focus on a variety of joint and muscle groups including hips, knees, hamstrings, and abdominals.
Higher level classes add endurance training and increasingly challenging activities.
Pilates is a training system that uses specially designed spring resistance-based equipment or specialized mat exercises to develop core and full body strength. The first emphasis is on building a strong, supported, yet supple spine. Gradually the entire body is challenged to connect into this strength and becomes more integrated and stronger as a result.
3-dimensional and circular form
that works the whole body to move efficiently
and results in fluid grace, strength and mobility
Muscles, fascia, the skeletal system including your joints & spine, nervous system, and your energetic self
A weight and pulley
system that gives the body both assistance and resistance promoting fluidity and elongation
Continual motions and fluidity; the use of rhythm, repetition, and flow effects gentle, gradual and sustaining change
• Build core abdominal strength
• Can be practiced with or without
equipment, individually or in a class setting
• Increase flexibility, coordination & balance
• Adaptable for all skill levels and body
needs, promoting injury-free and pain-free workouts
• Incorporate specialized equipment that allows you to work at a self-appropriate pace and comfort
zone, while achieving new goals
• Complement any other activity (cardio, dance, golf, skiing, swimming), increasing your performance while promoting longevity, injury prevention, quality of life, and fun
Predominantly 2-dimensional, linear technique that focuses on the strength and stability of the spine
Key alignment principles; muscular, skeletal and nervous system working together to re-educate movement patterns
A spring resistance system which is able to challenge the body in every plane
Prescribed number of repetitions; the more precise the form, the fewer repetitions are required to effect change
Gyrotonic and Pilates can either stand alone as the physical component of your healthy lifestyle or act as the perfect complement to your fitness cross-training program.
These workouts are ideal for seniors or those seeking increased energy and vitality.
Our modalities provide a natural bridge between rehabilitation and full recovery. Our experienced trainers can work alongside your physical therapist to ensure continuity as you transition to the more integrated full-body approach required to progress toward your goals.
Our systems integrate your strength and increase your flexibility. Your body learns to move and respond with an intelligence and grace, your performance is enhanced and your risk of injury, whether chronic or acute, is greatly decreased.
Pilates found some of its first devotees among dancers and the Gyrotonic method was originally designed for dancers.
These are perfect exercise systems for women at any stage of pregnancy or early motherhood. Continue to exercise right up to your due date with programs designed to change as your body and pregnancy progresses (with your doctor's okay, of course).