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THE GYROTONIC® AND GYROKINESIS® METHODS
The Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Methods are complementary exercise methods.
Both methods were developed by Juliu Horvath, an
ethnic Hungarian, and professional dancer 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
himself and regain his strength and agility.
Gyrotonic exercises are performed on custom-designed
Gyrotonic equipment, whereas Gyrokinesis exercises are performed on a mat and
chair. Both Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis exercise sequences are composed of
spiraling, circular movements, which flow together seamlessly in rhythmic
repetitions with corresponding breathing patterns. 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,
agility, strength and flexibility.