Gyrotonic Expansion System®

What is it?

The Gyrotonic®  Expansion System is an original and unique exercise movement approach that includes both the Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® exercise methods and addresses the entire person emphasizing the mind-body connection. Gyrotonic®  exercises are performed on specialized pieces of equipment and Gyrokinesis®  exercises are performed on a stool and a mat. Both exercise methods were developed by Juliu Horvath, a professional dancer, during his rehabilitation from a serious injury and include components of yoga, swimming, tai-chi, dance and gymnastics.

How does it work?

The Gyrotonic®  Expansion System emphasizes three dimensional, circular movement of many joints through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression. The movements are coordinated with a corresponding breathing pattern, spinal elongation, rhythm, repetition and flow to create gradual change. Gyrotonic®  exercises are performed on specialized pieces of exercise equipment in the Gyrotonic®  exercise system and Gyrokinesis®  exercises are performed on a stool and mat.

What are the Benefits?

Through the coordination of total body movement and breathing patterns, these exercise can:

  • decrease pain
  • increase range of motion and joint mobility
  • increase functional strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Improve balance, coordination and movement efficiency
  • Decrease stress in the body and mind through stimulation of the nervous system
  • Help slow the aging process through mental and physical stimulation.

Who will benefit?

During Rehabilitation: The Gyrotonic®  Expansion System exercises are very beneficial in rehabilitation as they can be modified to any individual regardless of age or activity and movement ability. All patients benefit from this exercise method with increased postural awareness and movement ability including those with low back pain, neck pain, shoulder problems, hip and knee pain, scoliosis, osteoporosis and osteopenia, and other musculoskeletal conditions.

Post rehabilitation: The Gyrotonic®  exercise system is scalable to all levels of ability and skill including high level athletes returning to play after injury or desiring to enhance their level of performance. All individuals can further enhance their physical condition and functional abilities with continued training in the Gyrotonic®  exercise system following completion of their physical therapy program.

Individuals with stressful activity of daily living requirements (long hours at a desk/ computer, prolonged standing, lifting or bending) and healthy individuals looking for a beneficial exercise experience can also achieve positive results.

Our Equipment

Oakland Physical Therapy has the Pulley Tower Combination Unit which uses a weight and pulley system to give both assistance and resistance to promote fluidity and elongation. We also have the Gyrotoner which is a custom piece of Gyrotonic®  exercise equipment especially indicated in rehabilitation.

Our Gyrotonic®  Expansion System  Program:

Oakland Physical Therapy offers this program to our patients and individuals who have the desire for full and pain free movement of their bodies. We offer private Gyrotonic®  sessions and Gyrokinesis classes. It is not necessary to be a current physical therapy patient to participate in this exercise method.