GYROTONIC® and more.........
Juliu Horvath's personal struggle with chronic pain and injuries led to the development of the Juliu Horvath Method®. An important component to this is GYROKINESIS® methodology. It incorporates many key principles from yoga, dance, gymnastics and tai-chi.
The first level of GYROKINESIS®, The Essentials of Body Kinetics™, is the core of Horvath's methodology. The system works the entire body through seven natural elements of spinal movement: forward, backward, left side, right side, left twist, right twist and circular, as well as all other joint articulation.
This methodology systematically and gently works the joints and muscles through rhythmic and undulating exercises. Movement stimulates the body's internal organs and different corresponding breathing patterns are integrated.
Fluidity is key. Postures are not held for long periods of time. Instead, postures are smoothly and harmoniously connected through the use of breath, making exercises appear and feel more like a dance than traditional yoga.
The beginner classes start with self-massage and simple breathing patterns to awaken the body. The next focus is on the spine and pelvis. Seated on low stools, the class mobilizes the spine through a series of arching, curling, bending, twisting and spiraling movements. These same movement patterns are expanded to release the hip, knee, hamstring, quadriceps, and so on, in all possible directions: front, back, twisting and turning. The corresponding breathing patterns in every movement stimulate the nervous system, open up the energy pathways and oxygenate the blood. The more advanced classes add endurance training to bodies prepared for more strenuous activities. The classes encompass not only sitting but also laying and standing positions.
Horvath's methodology invigorates and re-educates the body to move with fluidity, relaxation and power.
GYROTONIC®, The Art of Exercising and Beyond®
GYROTONIC® methodology is a recent advance in the art and science of exercise. It is a unique system of combining key principles of gymnastics, swimming, ballet and yoga—all working simultaneously, with minimal effort, to stretch and strengthen the muscles while articulating the joints. The benefits are increased strength, greater flexibility, and better coordination.
GYROTONIC® comes from the word, “ gyro,” Greek for circle and “isotonic,” which refers to muscle contractions that occur during work or exercise.
These words accurately reflect this form of exercise, which integrates circular movement, weight resistance, and stretching. In the Studio, patients use specially designed equipment that provides a thorough exercise workout that combines strength training, stretching, breath work, and cardiovascular stimulation. Patients also learn techniques they can do at home. Each studio session includes “homework.”
People who consistently use the GYROTONIC® methodology system can expect to develop increased muscular strength, extraordinary flexibility, a better proportioned body, and increased vigor and vitality. Patient’s may also have customized exercise programs to improve their performance in specific activities.
Juliu Horvath is the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® founder. He first began developing the new form of exercise due to his own personal struggle with injuries and chronic pain. The basic exercises in the system draw from yoga, dance, gymnastics and tai-chi. The GYROTONIC® equipment used at BBalanced won a medal at the 7th Annual Invention Convention in 1991.
The fundamentals of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® consists of a totally new exercise system, using GYROKINESIS® principles as the basis to exercise the musculature while mobilizing and articulating the joints.
Unlike most conventional exercise machines where linear or isolated movement patterns are performed creating uncoordinated strength, the patented GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®emphasizes multiple joint articulations without compression, thus strengthening ligaments and each attachment.
The motion patterns are natural, turbulence free and pure with no interruption, creating a bridge between contraction and extension through the rotating movement of the joints, resulting in a balanced support system for the skeleton.
The exercises are performed through spherical awareness and circularity of movement, enabling the user to perform under permanent guidance, variable controlled resistance, and real sports simulation with no limitation to speed and impact.
Through uniform and permanent resistance meaning through all the changes of directions and as well within the pivotal axis, the concentric and eccentric forces exerted by the involved muscle groups are maximized and evenly distributed between agonist and antagonist (muscle groups).
Each exercise is synchronized with a corresponding breathing pattern and is performed with either a rhythm or melodic rhythmical expression, creating a gentle or vigorous cardiovascular-aerobic stimulation, depending on the intensity and speed of the execution.
Special attention is paid to increase the functional capacity of the spine, resulting in a superior and well-proportioned body, which is significantly less prone to injuries. It also reduces long term accumulation of micro trauma the physique obtains, and extraordinary flexibility and essential strength, culminating in an organic rejuvenation, increased vitality and vigor.
Also in contrast to exercises that are performed under water, where it is very difficult to regulate the exactness of the movement pattern and the correctness of the position, the GYROTONIC® exercises are performed with maximum adjustability to the range of motion and controllability of the positioning. (And the same pleasurable, healthy resistance like water.) All sporting activities demand strength, flexibility, coordination and range of motion. The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®provides tomorrow and today's athletes not only with the entire above, but also with a greater degree of endurance, versatility and gracefulness to all performed competitive skills and movements.
Aside from adults and professional sports people, it has enormous educational value for young children who benefit tremendously from the exercises at a time, when their glandular development, combined with physical consciousness, dexterity and coordination are at such a vital stage of growth.
Currently, the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® is used worldwide with great success amongst the circle of dancers, sports people, rehabilitation facilities, as well as general conditioning amongst people of all walks of life, from children to senior citizens.
Juliu Horvath, GYROTONIC® originator
Juliu Horvath, a Hungarian, was born and raised in Romania. However, he considers himself to be a "universal being". His father, Juliu Sr. who has passed on, was a tailor and his mother who celebrated her 90th birthday in December 2000 is a housewife.
Juliu is one of three children and as a youth Juliu participated in swimming, gymnastics and rowing as well as other sports. At age 19 he became interested in classical dance and by the time he reached his twentieth birthday he was dancing principle roles with the Romanian State Opera. While on tour in Italy in 1970 he defected and stayed in a refugee camp for six months. Juliu then received political asylum to the United States where he headed to New York. After arriving in New York Juliu did what ever was needed to survive, from painting houses to dancing on a car in Central Park, while auditioning and dancing in civic ballets. Juliu was noticed by someone in the New York City Opera and was hired. He began dancing for their tour company with international stars such as Margot Fonteyn, Jacques d' Amboise and Melissa Hayden.
Later, Juliu danced as a guest artist at Radio City Music Hall for some time and then got a job as principal dancer with the Houston Ballet. While with the Houston Ballet, Juliu ruptured his Achilles tendon and the injury brought his dancing career to a sudden halt. After the injury Juliu started indulging himself in more yoga practice.
In 1977 Juliu moved to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands where he built a humble dwelling in the mountains and continued an intensive study and practice of yoga. During this diligent study of yoga he discovered the inner workings of the body and developed a system that he called "Yoga for Dancers", which is a deeper and more advanced level that is now called GYROKINESIS®.
Juliu returned to New York in the 1980's and began teaching his "method" at "Steps on Broadway" and in Central Park. When Juliu developed a large enough following he opened up White Cloud® Studio.
Juliu dreamed of a machine that would help a dancer achieve a better turn or pirouette. This dream and Juliu's creative energy lead him to the development of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, as we know it today. Now people of all ages and all walks of life have benefited from his system.
The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® works for anyone wishing to gain strength, flexibility and coordination. It is now found in rehabilitation centers, dance studios, sports training and fitness facilities all over the world.
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