Who Benefits From GYROTONIC®?
By: Stephanie Roupp
In answering the question of who benefits from GYROTONIC®, it’s safe to say that everyone does!
Of course, while GYROTONIC® is certainly not going to hinder anybody, there will be those who are more in need of this unique exercise method than others.
So we’ll take a look at the some very specific situations that this amazing exercise regimen addresses. But first we’ll address the biggest question:
What Is the GYROTONIC® Method?
Don’t let the name fool you. GYROTONIC® may sound technical and intimidating. But it’s really just a method for strengthening your core through a mind-body training technique.
Think of it as an exercise hybrid that combines Pilates, yoga, and dance. And don’t worry – even if you have zero dance ability or can’t touch your toes, you can still do GYROTONIC®.
GYROTONIC® workouts address every part of the body through a series of connected and rhythmic, fluid movements. The workouts increase flexibility and strength through multi-directional and circular movements. Yet they don’t strain the joints because there is no impact. The movements encourage the practitioner to engage the body in a way that is mindful and intentional.
Furthermore, GYROTONIC® stimulates the nervous system. In allowing the body to move, stretch, and open in mindful movements, the progressions engage the parasympathetic nervous system and counter the stressful fight-or-flight reaction activated by the sympathetic nervous system.
The intentional breathing encouraged in this practice also creates awareness of the moment and fosters a sensation of safety and ease. Simply put, GYROTONIC® allows you to feel at home in your body
Who Benefits From GYROTONIC®?
Similar to Pilates, GYROTONIC® grew out of the dance world. It originated as a means for helping dancers increase mobility while dealing with injuries. It didn’t take long to realize how this method could benefit others struggling with all sorts of issues though.
GYROTONIC® utilizes machinery and professionally trained experts in the method adjust the machinery for height, arm/leg length, and range of motion to fit each person’s specific needs and physique.
The system works in all possible planes of movement and a pulley type system provides uniform resistance through all changes of direction; thereby distributing force equally among each involved muscle group.
As such, GYROTONIC® is increasingly recommended for those who want:
1. Less Painful Joints
For those who suffer from joint pain – especially from arthritis – it can seem counterintuitive to engage in movement. Particularly when it only creates more pain.
Yet one of the most important things for those with arthritis to do is to keep moving. Because GYROTONIC® exercises incorporate a unique way of securing the pulleys on the machines, movement is done without impact.
2. Upright Posture and Increased Spinal Mobility
GYROTONIC® exercise involves the continuous movement, stretching, and strengthening of the muscles that support the spine. This, in turn, leads to a stronger and more upright position and better posture, as well as a significant increase in spinal mobility.
In fact, an improvement in back suppleness is a huge benefit of GYROTONIC® training.
3. Better Coordination
Utilizing machinery and very specific movements, GYROTONIC® exercises require muscles to work both together and interdependently. This results in improved muscle recruitment and better coordination when done regularly and over time.
As mentioned above, the intentional breathing in this method along with the circular, spiraling motions stimulate the vagus nerve to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and help the practitioner to relax tight muscles and stiff joints.
It really is a revolutionary system.
Are You Ready to Try GYROTONIC®?
Given that so many people find relief with this method, it’s likely that you could be someone who benefits from GYROTONIC® too!
It’s important to note that GYROTONIC® sessions are not static and boring, but are tailored to become progressively challenging over time to promote your joint mobility and increase the functional ability of the spinal column.
So if you’re ready to see what this amazing system can do for you, contact us today to schedule your first GYROTONIC® experience. You’ll be so glad you did.