What is Pilates and GYROTONIC® Method?

GYROTONIC® Method is a holistic approach to movement designed to meet the needs of people of all ages, abilities and health conditions. It was created by Juliu Horvath, a Hungarian-born professional ballet dancer, and is based on principles of tai chi, swimming, dance, and yoga.

Some of the benefits that may be gained by practicing 
GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercises include increased strength and flexibility, renewed energy and vitality, and a general sense of calm and well-being. The exercises are highly adaptable, making them accessible to everyone, regardless of age or physical ability.

 

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Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920's. All movement is initiated from the body's core, specifically the deep muscles of the abdomen and back. When the core muscles are strong, they stabilize the torso, support the spine, and allow the entire body to move freely and efficiently.

​With over 600 individual exercises, Pilates offers a truly integrated approach to fitness! It conditions the entire body, not just certain muscles. No muscle group is ever over or under trained.


And because Pilates elongates the muscles as it strengthens them, it improves joint flexibility as well as muscle tone. A strong, balanced body with well supported joints and flexible tissue is less susceptible to injury.

 

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Some of the differences between Pilates and GYROTONIC® Method

PILATES

OVERALL
Predominantly 2-dimensional, linear technique that focuses on the strength and stability of the spine

FOCUS
Key alignment principles; muscular, skeletal and nervous system working together to re-educate movement patterns

EQUIPMENT
A spring resistance system which is able to challenge the body in every plane

MOVEMENT STYLE
Prescribed number of repetitions; the more precise the form, the fewer repetitions are required to effect change

Both

 

Build core abdominal strength

Increase flexibility, coordination & balance

Have instructional flexibility to be taught with or without equipment

Are adaptable for all skill levels and body needs, promoting injury free and pain free workouts

Incorporate specialized equipment that allows every client to work at a self appropriate pace and comfort zone, while achieving new goals

Compliment  any other activity (cardio, dance, golf, skiing, swimming), increasing performance, promoting longevity, injury prevention, quality of life, and fun

GYROTONIC® Method

OVERALL
3-dimensional and circular form
that works the whole body to move efficiently and results in fluid grace, strength and mobility

FOCUS
Muscles, fascia, the skeletal system including your joints & spine, nervous system, and your energetic self


EQUIPMENT
A weight and pulley system that gives the body both assistance and resistance promoting fluidity and elongation

MOVEMENT STYLE
Continual motions and fluidity; the use of rhythm, repetition, and flow effects gentle, gradual and sustaining change

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