The Gyrotonic method is an revolutionary movement practice which has roots in Yoga, Tai Chi, and dance. Gyrotonic comes from the Greek word "gyro", which means spiral or circle and from the word "tonic" which means to tone or invigorate. Unlike much of conventional exercise, where linear or isolated movement patterns are performed, Gyrotonic exercises emphasize multiple joint articulation, strengthening the surrounding ligaments including the attachments.
Instead of attempting to create stabilization 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 body's 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.
Sequences are composed of spiraling, circular movements, which flow together seamlessly in rhythmic repetitions with corresponding breath. With Gyrotonic exercises, each movement flows into the next, allowing the joints to move through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression. These carefully crafted sequences create balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility.
Gyrotonic classes can be adapted to fit anyone's ability. The Gyrotonic method is practiced by people from all walks of life, including accomplished athletes and dancers, college students, baby boomers, senior citizens, and people with disabilities.