GYROTONIC® in Austin – GYROTONIC in Westlake Hills, Texas

Read my blog to learn about GYROTONIC in Austin - GYROTONIC in Westlake Hills, Texas.

What is Gyrotonic?

GYROTONIC ® is an exercise and movement system developed by Julio Horvath, originally from Romania. Mr Horvath was a professional dancer when injuries to his back and Achilles forced his retirement from the Houston Ballet. He ended up in the mountains on a small island and spent his days refining his yoga practice.

This led to exploration with wood working to build an exercise machine to provide assistance and resistance to a yoga practice. His work was originally called Yoga for Dancers and he began teaching in New York City in the 1980s at White Cloud Studio.

Since then he has introduced the world to the Gyrotonic Method and has invented multiple pieces of GYROTONIC specialized equipment; the Jump Stretch Board, the Archway, the Leg Extension Unit, and the Gyrotoner. Since the 80s, GYROTONIC has grown and is now in fitness studios and rehab centers across the world.

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Gyrotonic is an original and unique movement method that addresses the entire person by opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and improving strength and movement efficiency. With Gyrotonic Exercises, each movement flows into the next, allowing the joints to move through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression. These carefully crafted sequences create balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility. The specialized equipment is utilized to guide, assist and challenge the exerciser.” 

 Julio founded the work with meditation and a deep exploration of movement. His brother Paul is a Physical Therapist in Germany and has been using the GYROTONIC Method with his Physical therapy patients since the early 90s. 


Gyrokinesis is the mat version under the GYROTONIC umbrella. GYROTONIC exercise is performed on the GYROTONIC Tower or one of the specialized pieces mentioned above while GYROKINESIS is performed on a mat or on a stool/chair. GYROKINESIS can be performed at home or in a class setting in a studio. GYROKINESIS is a rhythmic movement of the spine in all directions while using core strength and overall body engagement as able. 


Who can benefit the most from the GYROTONIC Equipment?

The GYROTONIC Tower is a very diverse piece of exercise equipment that is unique secondary to its handles that allow spiral and rotation motions. Many of the unique GYROTONIC exercises are performed in sitting. Sitting is a primary issue with most people today as they sit too much and in poor, slouched posture, typically looking down at technology in their lap. Exercises are also performed laying on your back, stomach or side, as well as kneeling or standing. 

There are hundreds and hundreds of exercises that can be done on the Gyrotonic Equipment. With that said, We have had clients on the Gyrotonic Equipment from the wheelchair bound, to the everyday person, to the professional dancer and athletes.

Our Physical Therapists have worked with physical therapy patients utilizing the GYROTONIC Equipment with back pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle injuries, neck pain, headaches, shoulder problems, balance issues, neurological dysfunctions and post operative for all types of Orthopedic surgeries. To answer the question, most people can benefit from using the GYROTONIC Equipment with a Certified Gyrotonic Instructor in a Personal Training or Physical Therapy session. 

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Should I start with GYROKINESIS or GYROTONIC?

In my opinion, GYROKINESIS is harder than the GYROTONIC Tower or equipment work, at least initially. With the GYROTONIC Tower, the resistive handles, pulleys and weights assist you with learning GYROTONIC concepts. It makes it easier to learn the initial concepts of Gyrotonic exercise with assistance from the machine.

GYROKINESIS work is you and your body on the stool or an exercise mat working against gravity with no assistance at all. GYROKINESIS is cheaper and more accessible at the local gyms and fitness centers. Many people start with GYROKINESIS for these reasons but I highly recommend doing a few Private GYROTONIC Tower sessions first and then progressing to group GYROKINESIS and GYROTONIC Tower classes.

In a private session, you will get all of the attention and be able to ask as many questions as you have. In a group class, you are one of three students and individual attention is no longer the priority. Group classes are designed to give your body practice and precision over and over again once you have an understanding of the basics.

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Where can I do GYROTONIC exercise in Austin | Westlake Hills?

 We have Physical Therapists and GYROTONIC Fitness Instructors at CORE Therapy & Pilates that are Certified GYROTONIC Instructors. The GYROTONIC Physical Therapist use the GYROTONIC Equipment with their physical therapy patients.

Our personal trainers are Certified GYROTONIC Instructors and offer private GYROTONIC exercise sessions and group GYROTONIC Tower Classes. All of our sessions are 55 minutes and are offered at our full GYROTONIC and Pilates studio at 3534 Bee Caves Rd, Ste 110 in Raintree Office Park.

Our group GYROTONIC Tower classes are very small with a maximum of 3 students. 

Our private GYROTONIC exercise sessions include the use of the Jump Stretch Board, the Archway, the Leg Extension Unit, and the Gyrotoner as indicated by your goals.

Find CORE listed on the GYROTONIC website HERE.

Do you sit for work all day?

Do you feel stiff in your spine? 

Are you having mobility issues with your hip or shoulders? 

Do you love the cat - cow or cat - damel exercise in yoga? 

If you answered yes to any of these, then it is time to call us at 512-215-4227 to get started NOW! 

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The 7 Reasons Why You Should Do GYROTONIC Exercise and Why You Will Love It. 

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Co-Owner, PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher, Certified GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Instructor, GYROTONIC® Master Trainer at CORE Therapy and Pilates
Cheryl completed her Pilates certification in 2002 then her Level 1 GYROTONIC® certification while working with Madeline Black at Studio M in Sonoma, CA.Since moving to Austin to 2004, Cheryl has become level 2 GYROTONIC® trained as well as assisted Madeline in teaching Pilates education courses from California to New Orleans. In 2009 she completed her GYROKINESIS® certification in Germany with Juliu Horvath, certifications on the specialized GYROTONIC® Archway, Leg Extension Unit, Gyrotoner and Jump Stretch Board, as well as becoming a Certified GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer. Cheryl completed a Pilates mentor program in 2011 with Madeline Black offered by Balance Body University coined "Passing the Torch" and in the summer of 2011, Cheryl and Stephen launched a Pilates Teacher Training Program at CORE. Cheryl passed her PMA Exam and has studied the GYROTONIC® Therapeutic Application courses with German Physiotherapist Paul Horvath and Uwe Herbsreit. In 2014, Cheryl completed the requirments to become a GYROTONIC® Master Trainer and is now able to teach the GYROTONIC® Level 1 Foundation Courses as well as all updates for current certified GYROTONIC® trainers.
Cheryl Dunn