What is Gyrotonic?
17th October 2012
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If that’s what you think you don’t know what you’re missing! Though I must admit that not a lot of people do know what it’s all about and those who do tend to want to keep it their little secret, like the ingredients to the best chocolate cake or the un discovered beach with the finest sand.

Well it’s certainly not a fad, having been developed by Hungarian Juliu Horvath in the late 1970’s. It’s used worldwide with great success amongst dancers, sports people, rehabilitation facilities, as well as general conditioning amongst people from all walks of life, from children to senior citizens.

Its not torture either, far from. Depending on the intensity and speed of execution the GYROTONIC® method can be used to create a vigorous cardiovascular – aerobic workout, but is equally effective as a form of remedial therapy. 

Horvath’s methodology invigorates and re-educates the body to move with fluidity, relaxation and power.

Has little to do with Pilates, though the two forms of exercise do work well together as part of an exercise programme. Gyrotonic has more elements of Dance, Tai Chi, swimming and Yoga within it.

Not only for dancers, though it does tend to be liked by those who enjoy dance. The emphasis is indeed on ‘movement’ something we tend to lack these days! It is rhythmical, expressive and somewhat dance like in quality, taking influences from yoga, tai chi and other methods.

And it could be for you!

Exercise, it’s something that some enjoy whilst others are left feeling is something they should like or at least ought to be doing! The trick is to find something you enjoy, that you look forward to and that makes you feel good all over. It doesn’t have to be about going for the burn, sweating profusely, or wearing the latest sweat wicking outfit to the gym. Exercise can be more holistic, about fine-tuning your body, learning how to look after your instrument and re connecting the link between mind and body.

The GYROTONIC® technique also works on an energetic level stimulating and strengthening the meridian flows of the body which helps to develop a powerful strength from within and an improved sense of well being.

The system can be adapted to any level of fitness, age or ability and is used widely for therapeutic purposes as well as for general body conditioning. It lends itself very well to scoliosis (curvatures of the spine) and shoulder problems.

 “I want music in my body and poetry in my body, and I want to be skillful without struggle; it has to come without struggle” – Juliu Horvath, GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® founder.

So having let you in on just some of the systems secrets, do you now feel you want to know more, curious about what you may be missing? You should do, it’s a delightful technique guaranteed to leave you feeling balanced, light in spirit, energized, yet relaxed.

Don’t let it be a secret any longer!

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Pilates Plus now provides GYROTONIC® in their St Margarets studio at 

4 Crown Road
St Margarets
Twickenham
Middlesex
TW1 3EE

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Sarah D

Member since: 3rd May 2012


Sarah trained with Alan Herdman in 1996. 

Previously a professional ballet dancer, Sarah became a founder member of the Pilates Foundation and went on to open Pilates Plus in October 2001.

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