The Art of Exercising and Beyond
The GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods were developed by Juliu Horvath, an ethnic Hungarian, from Romania. Horvath suffered a series of debilitating injuries during his dance career, and began developing what are now known as the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods as a way to heal and regain his strength and agility.
The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® is a holistic methodology which is highly adaptable to each and every individual, connecting and understanding the human body as a whole, from rehabilitation through to sports performance making it possible for individuals regardless of age or physical ability to participate.
The GYROTONIC® method is an original and unique movement practice which has roots in Yoga, Tai Chi, and dance. The exercise sequences are composed of spiralling, circular movements, which flow together seamlessly in rhythmic repetitions, with corresponding breath patterns. The technique allows the joints to move through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression. These carefully crafted sequences create balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility resulting in a superior and well-proportioned body, significantly less prone to injuries.
The body is designed to work as one harmonious system, to follow arching and spiralling paths of motion and to transition from one movement to the next smoothly, and efficiently. GYROTONIC® method creator, Juliu Horvath, designed a specialized line of equipment around these natural movement patterns of the human body. The equipment is highly adjustable, it can be customized to fit each person’s unique physique, and ability, adapting for things such as height, arm and leg length and physical ability.
Nolene Snad, Spinning, fitness,aerobics instructor and long distance cyclist, who trains with Tracey Temkin in Johannesburg had this to share: “GYROTONIC® is the most beneficial form of exercise I have experienced. The key to being a competent long distance cyclist is endurance, strength and power. Through GYROTONIC® I have learnt the art of breathing efficiently and this has helped me immensely on my bike. The freedom of movement I have mastered through GYROTONIC® is to be able to execute movement without muscle tension, which has made me stronger and more powerful on my bike. I have been doing both GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® regularly for 3 years and intend to do it for the rest of my life.”
Melanie Black, “After an air evacuation back to Cape Town from Namibia, where I fractured two vertebrae sustained in a car accident, I was referred directly to a spinal surgeon. No surgery was required. My GYROTONIC® treatment began 8 weeks after my injury, and I presented myself to Evelyn Couldridge in a full back brace. Six months into my treatment, I began cycling once a week as an addition to doing GYROTONIC® twice a week. Exactly one year to the day, I rode the Argus Cycle Tour with no pain and feeling stronger.
GYROTONIC® was definitely responsible for my fast recovery and ability to use my back as it was designed to be used, even after a serious break. I do not know of any other form of back rehabilitation out there, which can compare with this treatment. In fact, if you ask a spinal surgeon what I should do, he said “nothing”. I do believe that my back is stronger than it was before my accident.”
Specialised Master Trainer Tracey Temkin, runs a dedicated GYROTONIC® studio in Johannesburg. 14 years ago while researching proactive ways to heal the effects of her shoulder injuries and continuous compression in her body from other forms of exercise and rehabilitation. Tracey began practicing the methodology, experiencing a continuous improvement of her shoulder as well as strengthening her core and increased flexibility.
Seeing the results motivated Tracey to learn every aspect of the methodology, mastering the art of GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® as well as the four specialized machines with Julian himself. We asked Tracey why she was so passionate about this exercise art form this is what she shares: “My continuous reward is seeing the benefits of the exercise in each and every one of my clients. I am still amazed at how the system works for everyone no matter what their restriction is. GYROTONIC® is truly the art of exercise and beyond”.
All GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® trainers are required to licence with GYROTONIC® Sales Corp, and renew their trademark license with GYROTONIC® Sales Corp, every two years, in order to maintain their certification.
This in essence sets the standard for GYROTONIC® and you can be sure you are being trained and guided by certified instructors who are accredited internationally.