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Dress for comfort. Wear loose or stretchy clothing and expect to be lying on your back or even upside down. You can wear socks or go barefoot. Sticky socks, like Toe sox are recommended to prevent slipping.
You will see similar movements in both Pilates and GYROTONIC®, like other sports including yoga, swimming, dance and martial arts. Generally, Pilates is more linear in its range of movement and often done lying down, while GYROTONIC® is more three-dimensional and usually performed seated. Pilates uses springs for resistance, while GYROTONIC® uses pulleys and weights. Pilates tends to focus on stabilization, while GYROTONIC® focuses on mobility.
Breathing is integral to both methods. Pilates uses the breath as an “internal shower,” while Horvath has different breathing patterns to match different tempos of movement.
Both methods are highly adaptable, making them accessible to everyone, regardless of age or physical ability. Whether you are an athlete or disabled, pregnant or senior, you will improve your balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility.
Some of the benefits of practicing Pilates and GYROTONIC® include:
· Increased energy
· Better posture, coordination and balance
· Stronger abdominal muscles
· Toned arms and legs
· Longer, leaner musculature
· Pain management
· Improved overall flexibility
· Joint health and mobility
· Heightened body awareness
· Brain training
· Deeper muscle activation for better function of the nervous system
· Relief from stress and tension
Joseph Pilates is frequently quoted, “In 10 sessions, you feel better, in 20 sessions you look better, in 30 sessions you have a completely new body.” This is true, however when one applies oneself, the benefits can be immediate, particularly in terms of releasing tension in the body.