Gyrotonic is a training method based in principles of yoga, dance, tai chi, and swimming. There’s an emphasis on rotation and spiraling movement that doesn’t have an end point. You use handles and pulleys to enable sweeping, arcing movements, and there’s a fluid quality that goes hand in hand with your breathing. A regular Gyrotonic practice also builds core strength, balance, coordination, and agility.
What is the difference between Pilates and Gyrotonic?
Both Pilates and Gyrotonic are specialized exercise methods which help elongate muscles and create strength. The two methods are complementary to one another, and many of our clients find that they achieve maximum results using both. Here are some of the differences:
Gyrotonic works on “releasing” and exploring the limits within a controlled range of motion. Pilates helps you become more controlled and aligned.
Pilates uses spring resistance while Gyrotonic uses a pulley and weight system.
Gyrotonic is more circular or 3 dimensional. Pilates is more linear or 2 dimensional.
Gyrotonic requires more control through a larger range of motion. Pilates requires more focused control.
Gyrotonic is unique for its circling, spiraling and undulating motion patterns which help strengthen all of the body’s internal support structures.
Both teach you how to move with connection and fluidity to create greater awareness of your body.
What is the difference between Pilates/Gyrotonic and Yoga?
All three systems integrate the mind and body. In some respects Pilates/Gyrotonic are like Yoga. Both are considered mind-body type of movement whilst yoga is a complex series of exercises designed to prepare the body and mind for spiritual purposes. Both emphasize deep breathing and smooth, long movements that encourage the mind-body connection. The difference is that while Yoga requires moving from one static posture to the next, Pilates/Gyrotonic flow through a series of movements that are more dynamic, systematic and anatomically-based incorporating resistance equipment. The goal with these exercises is to strengthen the postural muscles while achieving optimal functional fitness.
Who can do Pilates and Gyrotonic?
These technique are progressive and is suitable for people from all walks of life. From people who suffer from back pain, osteoarthritis and posture related pain to dancers and Olympic athletes, who use Pilates to improve movement control, prevent injuries and improve performance.
These exercises are easily and readily adapted to each individual’s needs and strengths.
Can I do Gyrotonic and Pilates if I’m injured?
Gyrotonic and Pilates are inherently rehabilitative. It is being used more and more frequently by the medical community and in physical therapy clinics for its ability to isolate, strengthen and stabilize the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body without any stress on the joints. We ask that you get cleared from your doctor or treating physical therapists before you take on any form of exercises when the injuries are being healed.