Developed by former ballet dancer and gymnast Juliu Horvath, GYROTONIC® exercises, blend yoga, tai chi, dance, and swimming. This exercise method promotes fluid, circular movements along with varied breathing patterns that aim to invigorate the body.
Read on to learn about why you should do GYROTONIC® exercises.
Decompress the Spine and Joints
It is common for modern-day individuals to lead sedentary lifestyles; even students and working adults who regularly leave the house sit at their desks for hours. This is undesirable as prolonged sitting causes tension to accumulate in the spine and may lead to poor posture. The compression of the body subsequently affects your internal organs, resulting in poor digestion, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
GYROTONIC® movements, which mimic the movements of your daily activities, leverage the body’s natural spiralling patterns to lengthen and strengthen the muscles around the spine and joints. These movements help decompress the spine’s intervertebral disc spaces, reducing back pain and restoring optimal function to your internal organs.
Stimulate the Nervous System
By using the various natural movements of the spine, GYROTONIC® exercises can engage the nerves in your body, stimulating the respective dermatomes. Therefore, they help facilitate the energy flow throughout the body and promote well-being.
In particular, these movements engage the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps promote relaxation and reduce stress and tension.
The fascia is the thin connective tissue that surrounds and keeps your organs, muscles, nerve fibres, bones, and blood vessels in place. It is made of gel-like fluid layers that stretch when you move. When healthy, it is flexible and follows the movements of your muscles, organs, and bones. On the other hand, an unhealthy fascia leads to tightness and stiffness, causing you to be susceptible to discomfort and other health conditions.
Therefore, it is imperative that you keep your fascia healthy. You can do this by engaging in GYROTONIC® exercises, which consist of fluid and spiralling movements that encourage the fascia to move and unwind. You can ensure that the tissue remains pliable and flexible by staying physically active and regularly exercising the fascia.
Stimulate the Cardiovascular System
Maintaining your cardiovascular system’s health is crucial because it helps pump blood and oxygen throughout the body.
GYROTONIC® exercises encourage whole-body movement, thus promoting blood circulation and increasing blood flow to your main arteries, arterioles, and capillaries. As a result, you can improve your cardiovascular system’s health without stressing the heart.
Coordinate Breathing Patterns and Encourage Mindfulness
The GYROTONIC® method emphasises breath control, with each movement type being associated with a specific type of breathing. For example, you should take deep, gentle breaths when performing wide and slow movements.
By coordinating your breathing patterns, you can ensure that your body is well-oxygenated, leading to better regeneration of tissues. Moreover, this practice encourages concentration and greater awareness of the mind-body connection, helping you to relax and reduce stress levels.
GYROTONIC® exercises can improve physical health, facilitating muscle, tissue, and organ functions. They also positively impact your mental health as they focus on enhancing your mind-body relationship and reducing stress levels.
If you’re interested in reaping the benefits of GYROTONIC® exercises, visit Chuan Studio. We offer GYROTONIC® classes and movement therapy in Singapore. We also provide somatic movement therapy and private Pilates lessons. Do reach out to us if you’re interested.