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Written by Pam Johnson

Madonna and Tiger Woods do it.  Children and older adults do it too, as do people recovering from injuriesand those with neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s Disease.  Many dancers and golfers say they can’t do without it.   So just what isMelissa on Gyrotonic Pulley Tower this thing called Gyrotonic® exercise and why is it becoming so popular with people of all ages and lifestyles?

The GyrotoniC Expansion System®is an exercise modality that simultaneously stretches and strengthens muscles and tendons while articulating and mobilizing the joints.  Exercises are performed with corresponding breathing patterns that help to build aerobic strength, neuro-muscular coordination and balance the body’s natural energy pathways.

Juliu Horvath developed Gyrotonic® exercise and Gyrokinesis® movement after many years of study to repair the injuries he sustained as a professional dancer.  He sought to create a system of exercises that anyone could perform, regardless of age or state of health.

The Gyrotonic Expansion System® was specifically conceived through key principles of gymnastics, swimming, ballet, and yoga. This "System" is served by a series of specially designed exercise equipment, built around the human body with all regards to freedom of movement, without restriction to speed and versatility, enhancing rather than distracting from coordination, strength and flexibility.

GYRO means circular and TONIC signifies zest for life.  Gyrotonic® equipment works the body naturally and gently in flowing, spiraling movements. In Gyrotonic® movement there is no end point to a movement…nothing is linear. The system’s specialized mechanism of resistance springs and pulleys, tones your muscles and keeps your joints fluid and mobile, eliminating stiffness and achiness.

Many Bodyscape clients say the feel lighter and more balanced after a session – almost like an internal massage.  

  • Gyrotonic® exercise keeps my back loose and my hip joints feeling more open.  For people with back pain or sciatica, it’s a must.”  --- Jan Evans
  • “Understanding of core strength through flexibility is the biggest benefit of Gyrotonic® movement.”  --- Howard Lim
  • The Gyrotonic® Tower is a truly unique piece of equipment.  It works muscles I didn’t know I had and gently stretches out tight areas. The exercises are also FUN!  I’ve been working out my entire life, but have never experienced anything like Gyrotonic® exercise.  I love it!  – Marlys James-Jolley

Pam Johnson with client on Gyrotonic Pulley Tower


Gyrotonic® movement can be used to enhance other Mind-Body practices including Yoga and Pilates.  It also provides a gentle, cardiovascular and strengthening workout option for injury rehabilitation and recovery.

Bodyscape offers both private and group Gyrotonic® sessions.  We also incorporate Gyrotonic® exercise and Gyrokinesis® movement principles into our work with physical therapy patients.  This system is of special importance and benefit to our patients and clients with MS, Parkinson’s and other neuromuscular conditions.  We also offer sessions specifically for golfers to enhance their game and help avoid injury.

Gyrotonic® exercise training at BodyScape is utilized as an integrative approach to optimize physical therapy treatments allowing patients to simultaneous stretch and strengthen their bodies, while experiencing a complete body/mind exercise to calm and focus the mind.


For more information on GYROTONIC® exercise visit:

Gyrotonic® Exercise at Bodyscape

History and Principles of GYROTONIC® exercise

GYROTONIC® Golf Program


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