1. How are the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods different from Pilates and Yoga?
The main piece of equipment in Gyrotonic exercise is called the Pulley Tower, which is different to the Pilates Reformer equipment, for example. Juili Horvath devised the Gyrotonic sequences and its specific equipment while Joseph Pilates devised the Pilates sequences and its machine. Therefore, Gyrotonic uses different exercises and different focus on articulation and three-dimensional movement.
Moreover, Gyrokinesis exercise is different from Yoga because it has two formats of it’s own set of sequences, which is not a part of any other yoga sequence. These formats are done sitting, standing and on the floor. Both formats provide continuous movement throughout the class and are usually taught with clients in a circle or semi-circle instead of in the front of the teacher.
2. How many sessions should I take per week?
This largely depends on the client’s needs, current ability and fitness level. As it may be a new, it will take at least a few sessions to become familiar with the movements and sequences. I often suggest at least 1-2 sessions per week so the client can begin to improve their alignment and confidence within the sequences.
3. When will I begin to feel and see results?
I’ve worked with clients who walk out of their first session taller, lighter, and more connected. However everyone is different and it may take up to 2-3 sessions to feel a difference and to connect with the work. Once you have, you will begin to immediately feel the benefits and see how differently you’ve become (i.e. overcoming poor habits).
4. What are first few sessions like?
In the first session, often the ‘Introductory’ session, we will learn how to use the equipment correctly and begin to learn sequences both on and off the machine. This also allows the trainer to unravel areas that need attention.
5. Will I lose weight or sweat?
The Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis method both focus on toning, lengthening, strengthening, injury reduction, and postural alignment. This, in turn, will increase performance and power both within classes and other activities, allowing you to continue to see and feel results more efficiently and lasting longer.
6. I prefer cardio and sweating, so why would this benefit me?
Although not strictly cardio at first glance, the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis method uses specific breathing and repetition to gradually builds and prepare the body to further increase stamina, flexibility, performance, etc. Both methods emphasize on moving and exercising from a deeper muscular connection which greatly reduces the tendency to overuse muscles and fatigue.
7. I don’t have any experience with Dance, can I still take a GYROTONIC® or GYROKINESIS® class?
Yes, of course! You will immediately feel the benefits of moving often ignored areas and strengthening hard to reach areas. Modification will be available on an individual basis.
8. There’s a lot of coordination involved in the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® method, will I get better at this?
Most definitely. No need to worry about not ‘getting it’ for the first time. The trainer will provide a break-down of each sequence, alternative exercises, and modifications to accommodate your needs.
9. Is all right to proceed with other types of exercise or therapy?
Yes, it is also encouraged. I often work with other therapists and trainers’ clients and those who like to use Gyrotonic and/or Gyrokinesis as a part of their cross-training regime.
10. I love the sessions, but I can’t afford privates every time. Are there any other options?
Yes! You can:
Ask for duet sessions where you can split the cost with a friend.