The GYROTONIC® Method
Dancers are elite athletes both physically and mentally and require extensive training in and out of the studio. Here are 8 reasons professional dancers all over the world are making the Gyrotonic for Dancers application a main part of their training.
1. INJURY PREVENTION
Forcing turnout, tucking, and hyperextension are all stresses dancers put on their joints that can be career ending over time. Injuries like Achilles Tendonitis, achy hip flexors, sore knees, and excessive joint popping are the first warning sign to bigger injuries. Some times the cycle seems endless when you have no time to “rest” and after you do take time off, these injuries reappear. A Gyrotonic for Dancers sessions is a great way to improve these scenerios while continuing with your vigorous class and rehearsal schedule or while you have to take time off.
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2. INCREASE RANGE OF MOTION
A dancer needs to be able to access their flexibility potential in a healthy way that is not damaging their tendons, ligaments, and joints. This means learning how to hold a joint stable as they push their flexibility limits. Some times, dancers limit them selves by using the wrong muscles to turn out or heighten their arabesque, for example. Gyrotonic simultaneously stretches and strengthens each muscle group in a way that is identical to the range of motion needed in dance class, increasing flexibility in a usable way.
“Gyrotonic classes are designed to take the body past its current limitations ”
The way we walk, stand, and bend is a direct link to our success level. Now times that by 1000 and you have dance. Alignment is everything. So often dancers try to mimic what alignment looks like instead of feeling what it is in their body. Holding proper alignment has to do with the balance of strength between muscle groups. Through this system each dancer will learn how to find their perfect alignment to set them up for success.
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Balance is perfected with two things: Alignment and strength. Whether you’re a prima ballerina on pointe, or a contemporary dancer moving from one balance to another, you need to have jaw dropping balance. Dancers will not only have one on one time to learn more about what makes their body unique, but with the specialized Gyrotonic equipment and eye of the trainer, it will highlight any inconsistencies in their body that are preventing the best balance possible. And who doesn’t want better balance?!
5. INCREASE STENGTH
Gone are the days of dancers looking “frail”. Dancers are stronger and more diverse movers then ever before. The problem with tradition strength and cross training for dancers, is it’s done in a static or two dimensional plane. Dancers need strength in the every aspect of movement. A Gyrotonic for Dancers session is designed to strengthen the joint and muscles in its 3 dimensional realm, creating strength at every level of movement. It focuses on the importance of a “connected” body, meaning, your shoulder girdle and pelvis work together to achieve the perfect structural balance. With out both, its like trying to build a skyscraper without laying the foundation. Eventually its going to crumble.
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6. NO GRIPPING
“Gripping” the hip flexors and quads seems like the hardest habit to unlearn. With Gyrotonic it simply and correctly teaches you to use the best muscle groups to lift your leg.
7. BREATH CONTROL
Not only does our breathing give our muscles oxygen to perform at the highest capability but our breath enhances movements. Every dancer has been in a class and told to “breath” or “use your breath” but do you really know how to? Gyrotonic uses different breaths to achieve the maximum strength, extension, and connection through the whole body. Instantly increasing your bodies capability.
8. BUILT FOR DANCERS
This is the only system designed by a dancer, for a dancer. Julio Horvath was a professional dancer and suffered injuries that were not being fully helped by any specific training method. He decided to come up with his own that meshed best of all worlds together giving us what we have to day: The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®
Written by: Allie Christensen
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