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GYROTONIC® Expansion Method

in Southfield, MI

What is GYROTONIC ® Methodology?

‘Gyrotonic’comes from the word “gyro” meaning spiral or circle and “tonic” meaning to tone or invigorate. This unique system incorporates the movement principles from healthy activities such as swimming, yoga, gymnastics, dance and martial arts.


  • The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® is a unique exercise system created by Julio Horvath which incorporates three dimensional, circular movements to mobilize your spine and joints.
  • The exercises are conducted on specially designed equipment to allow for natural, continuous movement patterns. The equipment provides uniform resistance through all changes of direction, which distributes forces equally among involved muscle groups.
  • The system works in all possible planes of movement – not just linear planes – and the circular exercises create a bridge between muscle contraction and release. The fluidity of movement helps balance your working muscles through the rhythmical contraction and release of opposing muscles groups.
  • Carefully designed workouts that dramatically increase overall range of motion and flexibility can be created for all ages and fitness levels.

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The Difference between Pilates and Gyrotonic Methodology

  • Pilates focuses on alignment control. GYROTONIC® exercises work on “releasing” and exploring the limits within a controlled range
  • Pilates is two dimensional – think lines. GYROTONIC® movements are more three dimensional.
  • Pilates requires more fine tuned control. GYROTONIC® exercise requires more control through a larger range of motion.
  • Here are some real life examples:
    • Pilates would strengthen the pure rotation of the golf swing to protect the spinal column and lumbar spine.
    • GYROTONIC® movements focus on the larger range of motion necessary for a successful and powerful golf swing.
  • Dancers and athletes can benefit from both Pilates for alignment and GYROTONIC® exercises for increasing range of motion. Activities involving broad movements and rotation over a larger range would especially benefit from GYROTONIC® exercise .

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

The Gyrotonic 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.

We Offer Private and Group Classes

Insurances We Accept!

If we don’t participate in your insurance plan, we offer a self-pay option with print-out receipts that can be submitted to your insurance company for a refund.