“The ultimate aim is to be at home in one’s body, free of pain, unrestricted and uninhibited and to be one with the nature of oneself, to be total and fulfilled” Juliu Horvath, Creator

The Gyrotonic Expansion System is a specially designed piece of exercise equipment for the application of the Gyrotonic method.  This methods roots are founded in the principles of ‘Gyrokinetics’ and Gyrokinesis movement which are the results of the lifelong research of Juliu Horvath.  Juliu devised the method drawing on influences from dance, yoga, swimming and gymnastics in an effort to manage the pain of serious injuries he sustained during his career as a professional dancer. The result is a technique which can push the human body to the limits of its abilities and addresses all seven elements of spinal motion.

The technique is based on spherical awareness and circular motion which enhances fluidity of movement in the joints thus creating a balanced support system for the skeleton.  It helps to strengthen and stretch the muscular system whilst promoting mobility and articulation of the joints.  Regular classes in the method lead to an increased functional capacity of the spine and help to promote dexterity, co-ordination, flexibility, strength and general well being.

Furthermore, the method utilises specific use of the breath in order to create either gentle or intense cardiovascular-aerobic stimulation.  Consequently, the movements stimulate the nervous system and open up the energy pathways whilst oxygenating the blood.

The system employs the use of weights and pulleys in order to provide a resistance equivocal to the type encountered whilst exercising in water. This facilitates maximum adjustability in the range of motion and enables the instructor to control the specific positioning of the body.

As the client progresses in his/her knowledge of the technique they are introduced to the ten main points of attention of the technique which are crucial to the application of the method and to maximising the benefits of adopting this technique. These are as follows:

  • to create stability through contrast
  • Movement and corresponding breathing pattern
  • Closing of the ribcage
  • Narrowing of the pelvis
  • Scooping of the arms
  • Scooping of the legs
  • Creating space in the joints
  • Stimulation of the body
  • Vision guides the movement
  • Intention is the driving force that moves the body

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