What Does “Gyro” Mean?

And how are these forms different from other exercise methods?


SPIRALSide_sml“Gyrus”, Latin, meaning “to circle or spiral, or whirl around a fixed point.” 

The GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods were developed by Juliu Horvath over 40 years ago, after developing debilitating injuries as a professional dancer. He created (and continues to develop) the method to heal the body and regain strength and balance

The GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods will take your own body through a journey of movement that opens energy pathways in the body, stimulates the nervous system, massages the organs, increases the strength and range of motion of the joints, increases vitality, and creates balance and efficiency in the body.

The movements are circular in range, combining spiraling and rhythm and repetition with corresponding breath. Each movement flows into the next, no jarring impact. Experience movement with freedom and delight!

GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercises are adaptable for anyone — different ages and abilities, practiced by professional athletes and dancers, office workers, senior citizens, and people with disabilities and injuries.

GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® has spread to the global community with trainers in 52 countries.


The GYROTONIC® Method uses equipment, (seen here, the “Pulley Tower”) and is taught privately or in small groups.

Through the use of circular motions with the handle units, your spine is taken through circular motions, waves and spirals.Facing the tower, upper body strength and mobility can be gained by performing swimming like motions with resistance. Facing away, the front of the body experiences deep opening, especially of the chest and shoulders.

Legs and hips receive special treatment as well, with opportunities to bicycle the legs while they are being lightly tractioned, or with the legs going against the resistance of the Pulley Tower unit.  The “Hamstring Series” can be extremely helpful for lengthening muscles, balancing leg/hip strength, opening up hips, and as pre-post hip replacement exercise.

Special Populations: Martha works with competitive athletes and professional dancers, as well as an aging population dealing with balance issues, wear & tear on the body, and pre/post operation physical conditioning.


BachArchSeated_smlThe GYROKINESIS® Method is an original, and unique movement practice which offers similar benefits also derived from Yoga, Tai Chi, gymnastics, and dance. The GYROKINESIS® Method is practiced in group or private classes under the instruction of a certified GYROKINESIS® Trainer, and can also be practiced at home with a mat, chair, and instructional GYROKINESIS® dvds which can be purchased at www.gyrotonic.com.

GYROKINESIS® classes are 60-90 minutes long. Each class begins on a chair with a gentle warm up sequence to awaken the senses, and stimulate the nervous system. This is followed by a series of fluid spinal motions which increase range of motion, and prepare the body to explore more complex movements with agility, and ease. Class continues on the floor with exercises that expand on the spinal motions, gradually adding more complex sequences, incorporating more movements of the hips, shoulders, hands and feet. The floor exercises are followed by a rhythmic standing sequence that incorporates balance, and cardiovascular exercises; then ends with a calming, unwinding sequence designed to prepare the body and mind to reintegrate with the everyday world.

For Everyone

GYROKINESIS® classes can be adapted to fit anyone’s ability. The GYROKINESIS® method is practiced by people from all walks of life, including accomplished athletes and dancers, college students, baby boomers, senior citizens, and people with disabilities.

GYROTONIC®, GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® and GYROKINESIS® are registered trademarks of Gyrotonic Sales Corp and are used with their permission.