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Everything you need to know about Gyrotonic



The GYROTONIC® exercise method was developed by Juliu Horvath in the mid-1970s. The technique focuses on improving agility and strength through circular movements that help maximise range of motion. Some of the benefits of a regular Gyrotonic practice include a healthier, more supple spine, increased range of motion, greater joint stability, improved agility and athletic performance and a deep internal strength.


The GYROTONIC® exercise method works to improve balance in a low-impact environment. Its fluid, circular, spiralling, and undulating movements help strengthen all of the body's internal support structures and are primarily done using specialist equipment.This innovative movement system is designed to accommodate individuals of all fitness levels and backgrounds.


Who can do Gyrotonic?

Gyrotonic is suitable for people from all walks of life. From people who suffer from back pain, osteoarthritis and posture related pain to people who just want to improve fitness levels right up to professional dancers and Olympic athletes.


Can I do Gyrotonic if I’m injured?

Gyrotonic is being used more and more frequently in physical therapy clinics for its ability to strengthen and stabilise the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body without any stress on the joints.


What about after orthopaedic surgery recovery?

Gyrotonic is excellent for orthopaedic surgery recovery, and is an integral part of surgery rehabilitation for many physical therapists and orthopaedic surgeons. The smooth, even movements are very restorative.


Can I do Gyrotonic when I’m pregnant and post-partum?

No two women's bodies are the same, and this is especially true during pregnancy. However, during a normal, healthy pregnancy, moderate exercise is safe and helps to prevent low back pain and boost self-esteem, maintain fitness levels and prepare the body for the physical demand of labour and motherhood. It is great for post-partum recovery including toning the core and pelvic floor and maintaining better posture.


I have a bad back can I practice Gyrotonic?

You should always consult your doctor before starting any fitness routine and it is important you work with a qualified instructor to ensure you are doing the movements correctly. An experienced instructor will be able to modify the exercises to accommodate your limitations and if you commit yourself to a consistent workout schedule you will certainly feel results.

Will this enhance my sports performance?

Absolutely. Gyrotonic has been practiced by pro athletes, dancers, celebrities, and physical therapists for years. People such as Andy Murray, Lady GaGa and Tom Daley have all benefitted from Gyrotonic’s ability to strengthen their core, improve flexibility, balance, and uniformly develop strength and coordination throughout the entire body. No matter what kind of athlete you are, your performances will improve greatly.


Can Gyrotonic replace cardio?

Once you have gained familiarity with the movements, you will be able to move through the exercises with continual fluidity providing you with an aerobic workout.


What do I wear to a Gyrotonic session?

You should wear clothing that is comfortable and fitting. Leisure activewear such as leggings and a T-shirt are good options. Socks are mandatory for hygiene purposes. We suggest that long hair be tied back.


We look forward to seeing you at your Gyrotonic session – contact and booking details can be found on the website www.hayleyoxley.com

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