The GYROTONIC® Method
Th Gyrotonic Method is highly successful when included in treatment and maintenance plans for Physical Therapy patients or anyone looking to significantly improve outcomes for rehabilitation. It is also highly effective as athletic cross-training, including Olympic athletes and dancers. With myriads of applications, it is a sophisticated, low-impact movement system for anyone looking to increase efficiency, mobility, flexibility, strength, detoxification, and neuromuscular connections. WAV is home to GYROTONIC® SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY, where we have 4 Gyrotonic Pulley Towers, all specialized equipment, and host regular teacher training courses and workshops.
"Change is only possible
Quote From Client
"I've done many different types of body movement over the years... Barre, yoga, pilates, aerobics, walking, running, bike riding, and the like. Gyrotonic is unlike any of those. It has helped me understand not only how I hold my body in certain ways to compensate for my significant spinal asymmetries, but, also how to reprogram those patterns so that I have expanded movement and reduced or eliminated pain. I feel freer, lighter, more balanced and aligned because of Gyrotonic, with greater range and mobility, and ease of motion."
After Client's First Sessions
"It's like nothing I've ever experienced before! My upper body feels sore but less restricted so I can tell within a few sessions I'm going to see a dramatic improvement in my mobility and range of motion." -A
"This is what my body has been calling for. I feel like it's like the missing link! I don't know why I didn't start this earlier!" -S
What Long Time Clients are Saying
"Gyrotonic movement is now my lifelong passion! I am more flexible than I was at 20 years old and now I am 65. My body looks and feels better than it has in over a decade. And it's so much fun!!! Love these guys!" -K
"You guys, this studio, and this movement speak to my soul like nothing has in years! Thank you for your authentic care and educated, intuitive skills... and for providing unimaginable knowledge and support. I consider you as gurus and mentors. You are truly what your intentions have created." -T
The GYROTONIC® Method
What is The Gyrotonic Method?
Gyrotonic movement and exercises are executed with specialized Gyrotonic equipment, created by Juliu Horvath in the 1980's, evolving up through today. The focus is on the spine, joints, fascial connections, coordination, and core strength, allowing us to find deep internal and expansive power while releasing restrictions in the body. Stabilization is accomplished simultaneously with pliability, movement, and ease as the goal. We move more efficiently and stimulate the nervous system. We really have the opportunity to feel and explore both physical and energetic connections, finding balance in all ways. It is a mind-body experience that can both be felt as a challenging workout or as a therapeutic session.
To read more about the history, educational process, and locations of studios and clinics worldwide that offer Gyrotonic training with licensed and certified trainers, please visit the international headquarters website at gyrotonic.com.
The GYROKINESIS® Method
What is The Gyrokinesis Method?
No specialized equipment here! Just a stool, mat, and maybe some props. Unlike Gyrotonic exercises, we don't have the feedback of the equipment but we are mastering skills of stability and freedom in space, using our own bodies, breath, rhythm, and energy. It is like the heart and soul of the whole system, feels amazing, and can be done anywhere, anytime. It greatly benefits Gyrotonic enthusiasts who love working on the equipment too. We increase mobility, strength, and flexibility while making physical and energetic connections in so many ways, detoxifying and opening up energetic pathways in our bodies.
In the past, The Gyrokinesis Method has been coined as "spinal gymnastics", and formerly started as "Yoga for Dancers", through its evolution to what it is today. Applications and styles of classes include all sitting work for those who can't get down onto the floor, or longer formats which include self-massage, drumming, tapping, and lymphatic stimulation including the face, hands, and feet, and scrubbing. There are cardiovascular applications excellent for expanding our breath capacity, efficiency, and stamina. Classes can include challenging floor work and standing sequences. We can focus entire classes on decompressing the lumbar, thoracic, or cervical spine, and more, which are all incredibly deep and beautiful work with rhythm and breath. It's different from pilates mat or yoga, and complementary to whatever you practice in your day-to-day life!
GYROTONIC® Specialized Equipment
Gyrotonic Pulley Tower
This is the main piece of equipment which consists of a bench handle unit and a tower pulley system. The circular dials give the mover a closed chain connection through the limbs when executing spinal motions. The bench and dials are also fully adjustable, including tension, with smooth feedback. The pulley system on the tower has adjustable heights, with upper and lower straps and adjustable weights. Because it is a pulley system vs. springs such as on pilates equipment, you will experience the same tension throughout your movement, regardless of where you are in space. Exercises can be concentric or eccentric, smooth without jarring, allowing for complete 3-dimensional movement. The feedback of the pulley system is excellent for neurological applications.
Gyrotonic Jumping Stretching Board
This piece of equipment provides movers with an opportunity to work kneeling, lying, sitting, standing, crawling, in plank positions, sliding, turning, jumping, hanging, and more. It has a propeller with swivel discs, independent sliders, and cushioned swivel disc sliders. There are pulleys with straps for added options. The feedback of sliding and reaching into infinity is calming and challenging in gravity allowing for thoracic mobility fairly quickly-- integrating shoulder and hip pathways, releasing fascial tension so often found in these areas. The jumping feels free and fluid with a little less gravity, allowing for attention to how we land and connect the whole kinetic chain, engaging our core.
Gyrotonic Leg Extension Unit
This piece of equipment facilitates functional movement utilizing upper and lower body coordination, with a patented cam mechanism that grows with your leg elongation and reach. The resistance is adjustable and can be modified for therapeutic work, with the opportunity for cross-lateral movement and major articulation and strengthening of the feet and ankle joints. Exercises include sitting upright, supine, or prone with legwork. There is an attachment for the Gyrotonic "wingmaster" to the pulley system for yet even more options for coordination of upper and lower body connections, both strengthening and expanding. Exercises utilize the whole body for very challenging core strengthening through the limbs and amazing posterior chain activation--back and hamstring strengthening that really allows for elongation without compression.
This piece of equipment allows for handle and dial work on just about any verticle or horizontal plane, overhead for standing or sitting work, and has circular dials for the legs/feet allowing for smooth and fluid 3-dimensional hip mobility. It is totally transformable and adjustable for anyone. One can pitch, bicycle, sideways wave, reverse shoulder release, lunge, squat, and more with amazing fine articulation of the arms, wrists, hands, and fingers. This is a wonderful piece of therapeutic equipment that can modify for the smallest of movements or large, core connecting, dynamic movement!
This jungle gym-looking piece of equipment can be both humbling and gratifying! Hang by your hands and strengthen your grip while doing spinal motions, hang upside down doing spinal motions over a bolster, swing, flip, turn, suspend, and more, exploring how gravity can both help and challenge our connections. It can be the most physically demanding piece of equipment, and also very therapeutic with more simple exercises, accessible by many.