Gyrotonic Movement Classes
Unlike most conventional exercise machines where linear or isolated exercises create uncoordinated strength, Gyrotonic Expansion System is served by specially designed exercise equipment built to optimize and integrate the human body, accessing freedom in movement, strength and flexibility.
The benefits include:
increased functional capacity of the spine and emphasize multiple joint articulations
strengthened the ligaments and all the connective tissues in the body
well-conditioned body with extraordinary flexibility and essential strength
rejuvenated and improved organ functions and overall health
increased vitality and vigor
lympatic and cleansing (fascia fitness)
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LouLou Tree offers individualized programs for:
General body conditioning and fitness
Injury prevention and rehabilitation
Seniors and children
Pre- and post-natal conditioning
General body conditioning & fitness
Integrating circular movement and breathing patterns leads the body to promote structural alignment, core strength, and flexibility. Personalized programs are created for the client based on physical ability, specific needs, and goals. The client develops lean and toned muscles and relieves physical tension from awkward postures.
Injury prevention & rehabilitation
Gyrotonic is a low impact exercise system with soft joint articulation, which helps you to continue exercising with the whole body while recovering. This system is extremely successful in the relief of, among other things, arthritis, back pain, shoulder & neck pain and scoliosis. Gyrotonic is regarded as the best physical therapy equipment among many health professionals.
Performing artists & dancers
Created by a dancer for dancers, the training is designed to work with a performer's specific need and and help the performer to be less prone to injuries and to recover from injury. The system allows a performer to achieve freedom of movement: to move beyond their limitations and increase potential and range of motion. By emphasizing joint articulation and integrating movements with the corresponding breathing patterns, Gyrotonic training develops a performer's physical and mental abilities.
Modeling is an art form of the body. Anyone who wants to be a great model needs to effectively project their intentions and desires as a performer. The Gyrotonic Expansion System enhances freedom to explore the body's maximum potential. As a result you are able to develop strong skills of presentation and the rhythmical flow of graceful movement in a performance setting and/or everyday life. This innovative system will guide you to discover how movement can help the body regenerate its own natural energy and move you towards your maximum potential.
Athletes & sports
Gyrotonic facilitates timing, rhythm and coordination. This enhances the athletes specific skills in their field and is a good compliment to other cross training. Professional athletes such as golfers and baseball players have turned to Gyrotonic training to enhance their abilities and contribute to the training exercises in their fields.
Children & seniors
Gyrotonic has great educational value for children and provides many benefits for seniors to maintain good health. The system encourages natural flexibility and openness in the body, teaches healthy movement habits and physical consciousness, and improves the body's strength and coordination.
For children, teaching physical consciousness, dexterity and coordination at such a vital stage of growth will improve their overall physical health. For seniors, the system can release physical tensions and provide relief for arthritic pain.
Pre & post natal conditioning
During pregnancy and after, Gyrotonic helps you to stay in touch with your body to prevent injuries and relieve specific conditions. Exercises supervised by your trainer are adjusted to meet your personal needs. Post-natal training brings your body into shape and tones your muscles
“I want music in my body and poetry in my body, and I want to be skillful without struggle; it has to come without struggle” – Juliu Horvath, GYROTONIC® founder.
GYROTONIC@ Method is offered at LouLou Tree
You will learn movement sequences to free your spine and joints in your body. The result is that you will enjoy the suppleness that it brings while allowing your body to express rhythmically and gracefully, along with easing any pain that you might have endured.
History of Gyrotonic
Developed by Juliu Horvath, an ethnic Hungarian, professional dancer from Romania. Horvath developed what have now known as the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods as a way to heal himself and regain his strength and agility after a series of debilitating injuries during his dance career.
More On Gyrotonic
Gyrotonic is spiraling, circling, flowing, breathing, and rhythm. It connects you and your whole body at any moment that you are doing it. In our opinion, Gyrotonic is ‘movement of the fascia”-think of moving in a web-like structure in your body.
Gyrotonic stretches and strengthens your muscles, and stimulates and strengthens connective tissues in and around your joints.
The uniqueness of the movement sequence is the synchronicity of unique breathing patterns and the spiraling, circular movements that flow together seamlessly in rhythmic repetitions. These elements work together not only to boost the cardiovascular system also to promote neuromuscular rejuvenation. These carefully crafted sequences create balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility while allowing the joints to move through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression.
What’s Gyrotonic Equipment?
Juliu designed a specialized line of equipment, Pulley Tower, Jumping Stretching Board, Archway, Leg Extension Unit and Gyrotoner, around the natural movement patterns of the human body.
These hand-crafted pieces of equipment are constructed with beautiful woods, cable and weight resistance and handles that move in a smooth circular motion, which allows the body to work as one harmonious system, builds long and lean musculature and allows for synergistic muscle engagement. The equipment allows transition from one movement to the next smoothly and efficiently, tones and strengthens the whole body while focusing on proper alignment, increasing flexibility, improving circulation and stimulating the nervous system.
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes the Gyrotonic Expansion System® so different than other physical workouts?
The uniqueness of this movement system derives from the three-dimensionality of its movements - spiral, circular and wave-like. Gyrotonic exercises may appear gentle and easy, but the impact on your body after a workout or class is deep. You are strengthening and stretching your body as you move instead of holding and contracting the muscles. This key quality of the exercises works your body in a way to create a beautiful body line and excellent posture. The Gyrotonic system not only makes the body fit but can help solve physical problems and injuries.
Another important benefit is that it helps to cultivate movement awareness, connecting the body and the mind. It teaches the body how to manage tension and stress so that your mind can be refreshed and your body-centered.
I have arthritis and have limited mobility.
Is Gyrotonic safe for me?
Absolutely. The trainer will guide you to work from within your own range of motion so you won't push beyond the limit of what your body can do. You should always check with your physician before you start any exercise program if you have any medical conditions.
I am a swimmer. Why would I want to work out with the Gyrotonic machine?
Many swimmers do out of water complimentary exercises. The Gyrotonic machines allow swimmers to get circular movement in a controlled environment. Athletes can use Gyrotonic to improve their range of movement and strengthen their technical aspects.
How many times a week do I need to work out?
Two to three times a week. Two times is good for beginners. You always start out with a trainer to get familiar with the machines and get your customized workout program.
What should I wear?
Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that you can move in. No shoes or sneakers.
What's the difference between working out with a trainer and having an independent workout?
A trainer can give you instructions on improving your form to get the most of your workout and to move your progress along faster. Independent workouts can give you a more affordable and frequent practice and develops your own practice with the exercises. You can also come for touch-ups or new exercises with a trainer to support your independent workouts.
How many sessions should I have with a trainer before I can do an independent workout?
At least 5 to 10 sessions. Most clients prefer to work with a trainer for more sessions.
What's the difference between Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis?
Gyrotonic is done on machines that help and strengthen the body. The machine assists you in the exercise with the stability and the weights. Gyrokinesis is done like yoga, with your own body and no assistance other than the chair for the beginning exercises.
How hard is it to use the Gyrotonic machine?
It depends on how comfortable you are with exercise equipment and exercise in general. These machines are very user-friendly once you learn to set them up for your individualized workouts. Generally, the trainer sets you up with machines so you focus on the exercise.
Will it help me lose weight?
The Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis system tones and strengthens the body in addition to improving your posture, making you appear slimmer, leaner, and longer. If your goals include weight loss, you will need to include changes in diet and aerobic exercise.