Janette M. Ahrndt
Masters in Physical Therapy
Mayo School of Health Sciences, Rochester, MN
9419 Coppertop Loop NE
New Motion Physical Therapy
Bainbridge Island, WA
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Methods and Modalities
GYROTONIC® exercise is a totally new and unique system that simultaneously stretches and strengthens the body with minimal effort, while increasing range of motion, enhancing strength, and developing coordination. The gentle, efficient exercises feel as if you are moving through water. When finished with a session, you have a sense of relaxation and strength, and a feeling of being taller. The word "GYROTONIC®" comes from the word "Gyro" (meaning spiral or circle) and "Tonic" (to tone or invigorate).
The exercise promotes total freedom in movement and emphasizes multiple joint articulations. Gyrotonic motions are three-dimensional and circular, with your body supported by the equipment. The pulley system offers light traction and continuous resistance to decompress joints and strengthen connective tissues in and around the joints. The abdominal and core muscles are engaged to allow the spine to move in all directions, as it was designed to function.
The exercise can be performed at any level of health and fitness. Integrating breath with movement at varied speeds and intensities allow a cardiovascular- aerobic workout ranging from gentle to vigorous. Retraining your entire body system through mindful, purposeful movement provides for long-lasting results with changed habits and postures.
Juliu Horvath, a Hungarian, was born and raised in Romania. As a youth Juliu participated in swimming, gymnastics and rowing as well as other sports. At age 19 he became interested in classical dance and by the time he reached his twentieth birthday he was dancing principle roles with the Romanian State Opera.
In 1970 he defected and received political asylum to the United States, after a six month stay in a refugee camp months. Juliu arrived in New York and did what ever was needed to survive, from painting houses to dancing on a car in Central Park, while auditioning and dancing in civic ballets. Juliu was hired for the New York City Opera, was a guest artist at Radio City Music Hall for some time, and then became a principal dancer with the Houston Ballet.
While with the Houston Ballet, Juliu ruptured his Achilles Tendon. The injury halted his dancing career. After the injury Juliu started indulging himself in more yoga practice, moving to St. Thomas in 1977. Here he developed “Yoga for Dancers”, an advanced level of the system now called GYROKINESIS®.
The dream of a machine to help a dancer achieve a better turn or pirouette was realized with Juliu’s creation of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.
GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® are registered trademarks of Gyrotonic Sales Corp. and are used with their permission.
I feel I’ve gotten my life back. - ML
Thank you for giving me hope. You have helped me heal in so many ways.--JP
Janette’s physical therapy treatments are the most relaxing and healing I’ve experienced. - RP
I appreciate how Janette cares not only for my physical symptoms but for my whole being. She looks beyond the surface pain. -TS
One session was all it took to cure a chronic shoulder injury that had bothered me for 11 years! -TW