Pilates is a form of exercise created by Joseph Pilates, who began designing his exercises in the early 1900s and opened the first US studio in New York City in 1926. The Pilates method is well known for developing core strength and flexibility. But there's more to Pilates than abdominal exercises. The Pilates method is actually a system of movements that focus on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve stability, balance, muscle strength, flexibility and posture. A Pilates-trained body is unique because the system is not designed to build thick muscle mass; rather, the goal is to lengthen and stabilize the body through opposition (the “two-way stretch”) and work from the center to build long, strong, flexible muscles.
Pilates exercises are performed either on a special raised mat on the floor or on exercise apparatus developed by Mr Pilates. The Pilates apparatus utilizes springs and resistance from the client’s own body weight. The Reformer is generally the most well known piece of Pilates apparatus. There are several other pieces, including the Cadillac and chairs, which enable us to perform over 400 exercises in the full studio repertoire. At Imagine, we are proud to invite you to experience our fully equipped studio with apparatus built in New York City to Mr Pilates’ original specifications.
The GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods are complementary exercise methods that fall under one umbrella - the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. The creator of GYROTONIC®, Juliu Horvath, was a dancer who suffered a series of injuries during his career. He began developing what are now known as the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods in the 1970s as a way to heal himself and regain his strength and agility. He founded his first studio in New York City in 1984. Both GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercise sequences open the joints and encourage circulation through the body by utilizing spiraling, circular movements which flow together seamlessly in rhythmic repetitions. The movements initiate from the center, thus strengthening the core. The spine is moved in seven planes of motion: arch, curl, left spiral, right spiral, left side arch, right side arch, and circular wave. Each movement flows into the next, allowing the joints to move through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression. This style of movement removes both physical and energetic stagnation, increases range of motion, strengthens the nervous system and improves spinal articulation and flexibility.
The main difference between GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® is that GYROTONIC® exercises are performed on equipment designed by Mr Horvath, whereas GYROKINESIS® exercises are performed with a simple mat and chair. Our instructor is fully certified in both methods as well as GYROTONIC® therapeutic applications for scoliosis, hip and knee rehabilitation and shoulder pathologies. Imagine is equipped with a GYROTONIC® Pulley Tower and we will be pleased to introduce (or re-introduce) you to this wonderful method!
Comparing GYROTONIC® and Pilates
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