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GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methodology: Spiralling Motion


By Columnist Dana Rader  – Exercise Physiologist, GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer:


Photo credit: Dana Rader GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods

Over the past 8 months, I have touched on many essential elements of these unique methods that I feel privledged to teach and introduce to you. When prospective clients call, they are often curious about the differences between GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methodologies as compared to Pilates or yoga. So what are these? Whilst there are many points of difference, I highlight that these methods are 3 dimensional, involving continuous circular spiralling motions, in contrast to linear model modalities.

What is Gyrotonic® Spiralling?

How is spiralling different to a twist in yoga or Pilates?

Juliu Horvath the founder of the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods explains spiralling as “moving from a set point in the body in two directions at the same time infinitely.” Imagine being in the middle of a spiral staircase and looking up or down. This gives the spiralling motion the texture of an infinitive movement with no beginning or end. A twist, however, denotes a flatter two-dimensional a movement like a twist top on a bottle it has an ending where it tightens and closes.

Through the use of circular and spiralling movements, we can break down rigidity and holding patterns in the body. The GYROTONIC® handle unit guides one’s spine through spirals; forward, cross grip, reverse, diving, figure eights, etc., all are continuous flowing circular movements encompassing the entire body and limited only by the individual’s capacity. Golfers know that they do not want to stop as soon as they hit the ball they need to continue the movement and swing through. These movements on the handle unit emulate that same idea.

Spiralling Gyrotonic Method

Photo credit: Dana Rader GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods

GYROKINESIS® classes move participants through a range of horizontal and vertical spirals, seated, lying down and standing. The entire body again works; the arms reach and follow the rotational part of the spine, while the legs and pelvis give the support needed to achieve movement. The movements flow together seamlessly, like a well-choreographed dance.

Through the use of spiralling the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods distance us from controlled linear movements and transport us to a place where we find the freedom to move and expand our physical capacity. Keep spiralling until next time.

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