What is the difference between Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, and Pilates?
Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, and Pilates are all valuable programs for people of all ages, weights, and experience levels. Each one is highly customizable, making them appropriate for just about any situation. All are designed to elongated muscles and strengthen the body and are commonly grouped together, but there are a quite a few key differences between them.
One of the most defining features of Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis is the focus on moving one’s body in a circular pattern through a 3-Dimensional plane. This allows a holistic workout which operates throughout a large range of motion, thereby working the body as one fluid unit rather than separate parts. Contrarily, Pilates is executed in a more linear, 2-Dimensional manner. This more traditional type of work allows you to work with focused control in order to isolate specific areas of the body. Pilates is therefore focused more on key alignment issues, unlike the more holistic Gyrotonic or Gyrokinesis approach.
Gyrotonics and Pilates also have two different sets of core values. The six principles of Pilates include breathing, centering, concentration, control, ease of movement, and precision, while the four principle Gyrotonic are intention, stabilization, decompression, and coordination. The differences between these core ideals are what ultimately result in differences across many areas of the two exercises.
Gyrokinesis is similar to Gyrotonic, but Gyrotonic involves the use of machinery such as the Gyrotoner and Jumping Stretch Board. The use of this equipment makes Gyrotonic more suitable for small or private classes, while Gyrokinesis can typically be taught in group settings.
All of these programs are wonderful to partake it, each coming with its own set of benefits. These benefits can be multiplied when the exercises are done in conjunction with one another, but only doing one will give you incredible change as well. Which one you select is a choice that depends on your personal goals and history, and should you have any questions, feel free to contact our studio directly.