gyrotonic® & gyrokinesis® at the hundred pilates studio in dubai | contributed by sara simmons, certified pilates instructor
Sara Simmons introduces us to the world of Gyrotonic® And Gyrokinesis® here at The Hundred Pilates Studio in Dubai | www.thehundred.ae.
GYROTONIC is very popular in the USA as well as across Europe and Asia. Unfortunately, it is not very well known into in the Middle East (yet!). As far as I know, I am currently the only certified teacher in the UAE.
Just a little bit about myself: I was a collegiate gymnast, doubled majored in Physical Education and Sport Science and Psychology, I am pilates certified through PhysicalMind (2000) as well as ACE certified personal trainer, GYROKINESIS certified (2003), GYROTONIC certified (2005), GYROTONIC level 2 certified (2011). I owned and operated a studio in Raleigh, NC before relocating to Dubai with my husband and sweet puppy July 2009. I have a 14 month old very active little boy.
Exercise has always been a part of my life ever since I started gymnastics at age four. After teaching pilates and personal training for several years, I felt the need to add something a little different. GYROTONIC was definitely different and unlike any other type of exercise I have done, yet so familiar. The fluid, spiraling, undulating movements were exactly what my runner/triathlete body needed. Not to mention the mind, body, spiritual connection it provided. GYROTONIC exercises are organic and natural in their movement. Sessions are generally 55min for GYROTONIC and a bit longer for GYROKINESIS.
What is GYROTONIC?
The word GYROTONIC comes from the words “GYRO”, meaning spiral or circle and “TONIC”, meaning to tone or invigorate. The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM, created by Juliu Horvarth, is a unique system of equipment and exercise that incorporates movement principles from yoga, dance, gymnastics, swimming and tai-chi. Where most other exercise is performed as linear, static, strengthening, or flexibility, GYROTONIC exercise is a balance of all this and more. The movements emphasize multiple joint articulations without compression in fluid, circular motions. The exercises simultaneously stretch and strengthen muscles and connective tissues in and around the joints of the body. Exercises, synchronized with corresponding breathing patterns, enhance aerobic and cardiovascular stimulation, increase blood circulation. Special attention is paid to increased mobility and stability of the spine. The goal is to use exercise as a way to regenerate the body and inspire it to reverse the aging process. You are only as old as your spine’s mobility.
GYROTONIC exercises encourage creativity; playfulness and feeling at home in one’s own body. In Juliu’s own words…..“I want music and poetry in my body. I want to be skillful without struggle.”
So what happens in a typical GYROTONIC workout?
You begin by opening and relaxing the body, then progress into deeper stretches while building supportive strength as a way to eliminate old patterns, break through stiffness and rigidity, and prevent injuries. You will build core strength, improve flexibility, and learn to move in a more healthy and effective way. There are 5 different pieces of equipment with the most popular being the Cobra Tower, which is based on a weight and pulley system. Each one requires a separate certification. The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM is a holistic approach to exercise that is designed to meet the needs of people of all ages and abilities. It is used world-wide in therapeutic, dance, sport specific and general conditioning facilities.
And what is the difference between GYROKINESIS and GYROTONIC?
The GYROKINESIS method is based on GYROTONIC principles but without the equipment. It was originally called ‘yoga for dancers’ as it is taught in a group setting. GYROKINESIS exercises explore spinal mobility, linking poses dynamically using the breath much like Vinyasa yoga. Through a series of gentle and systematic movements, coupled with specific breathing, the entire body is invigorated and released from tension. The repetitive movements allow the joints and muscles to relax, while the internal organs, nervous system and blood circulation are stimulated. The first part of the class is performed seated as you are guided through exercises that encourage the spine to gently flex, spiral, and stretch in wave-like motions. The class then moves to the floor for the second portion of the work, focusing on strengthening exercises for the back and abdominal muscles. You finish the class standing, with a set of exercises to improve balance and stability. The result is a healthy balanced workout targeting the muscles, joints, bones, connective tissue and internal organs. Moreover, your body awareness improves, muscular contraction, extension, flexibility and coordination increase while areas of tension soften.
Sara will be offering Gyrotonic® And Gyrokinesis® at The Hundred Pilates Studio in Dubai from August / September. If you would like to stay notified and register your interest, please contact us at : 04- 429 8433 |Visit our website at: www.thehundred.ae |