Pilates is a movement methodology based on guiding principles that allow a person to develop the ability to control his/her alignment, as flexibility and strength are developed. Spinal articulation as well as stabilization are explored through exercises performed on a mat or on specialized equipment. Special attention is given to coordinate breathing with movement, to stimulate circulation and support the body from the inside out. Pilates is not just about core power, but core integration, and the benefits of a regular practice can include improved posture, elongated musculature, and deep, functional strength. At UP Studio, our instructors have all trained with internationally renowned movement educator Marie-Jose Blom and her Long Beach Dance Conditioning approach. This curriculum, developed by Ms. Blom, focuses on a highly refined attention to movement quality and the ability to use the Pilates method to restore health and vitality. Pilates is a universal movement system - it can improve everyone's quality of life.
Please enjoy this excerpt from the Pilates Method Alliance:
An Exercise in Balance: The Pilates Phenomenon
The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® is a methodology that explores the idea that health and vitality come from the inside out. Using the Eastern tradition of flowing energy, or 'chi', as the basis for inspiration in movement, GYROTONIC® exercises open up pathways within the body through which energy can travel. The system uses spiraling and undulating movements to allow for a fluid quality, thereby training the body's connective tissue (fascia) as well as muscle. Most importantly, the method also explores the relationship between breath and the nervous system. The system creates a feeling of buoyancy in the body, as joints become decompressed and muscles elongate. Benefits include increased coordination, flexibility without stretching, endurance, and the quality of ease. The GYROTONIC® method can help you use less effort, but achieve greater results, both in terms of mobility and strength. At UP Studio, we offer private sessions as well as duets and small group classes on the GYROTONIC® Pulley Tower as well as instruction on the Archway and Jumping Stretching Board, two of the specialized apparatus designed by Juliu Horvath, the creator of the method. GYROKINESIS® exercises are performed on a stool and a mat. These explore spinal movements coordinated with arm and leg patterns. They are a rhythmic blend of unique exercises that are reminiscent of those found in swimming, dance, yoga, gymnastics and eastern energy systems such as Tai Chi and Chi Gong.
After arriving in New York, Juliu did whatever he needed to do in order to survive, from painting houses to dancing on cars in Central Park. During this time he also began to audition for dance positions, and he performed in civic ballets. During the 1970's, Juliu danced with the New York City Opera and was a guest artist at Radio City Music Hall. He also danced for a special tour company with international stars such as Margot Fonteyn, Jacques d' Amboise and Melissa Hayden. Eventually he secured a position as principal dancer with the Houston Ballet.
While with the Houston Ballet, Juliu ruptured his Achilles tendon, bringing his dancing career to a sudden halt. After this injury, Juliu moved back to New York City for a short time, where he began a regular yoga practice. As he got deeper into his movement and meditation practices, he began having profound energetic experiences. In an effort to learn more about these experiences, he moved to the island of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands in 1977. There he built a small, one-room hut in the mountains and spent the next six years studying yoga and meditation. During this time he gained new insights into movement and healing, and from these insights he began to create his own unique exercise method. Juliu returned to New York City after his stay on St. Thomas, and in the early 1980's he began teaching a new movement system that was based on what he had learned in St. Thomas. He called this system "Yoga for Dancers".
Initially "Yoga for Dancers" was taught at Steps on Broadway and at Juliu's own location - White Cloud Studio. In the beginning, most of Juliu's students were professional dancers. As demand for his classes grew, and the diversity of his clientele increased, Juliu refined Yoga for Dancers, creating a class format that almost any person could perform, regardless of age or state of health. He named this refined version of Yoga for Dancers ‘the GYROKINESIS® Method'. The original Yoga for Dancers movements are still taught as part of the GYROKINESIS® Level 2 Program.
At White Cloud Studio, Juliu continued to develop and refine the method he created on St. Thomas. It was here where he began to develop the GYROTONIC® Method, and his world-renowned GYROTONIC® equipment. The GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods quickly gained an international following, becoming popular in Europe, Asia, and Australia, as well as in the USA. The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® has now grown to encompass over 7,800 Trainers in 52 countries.
Juliu continues to create new programming for the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods. He also conducts teacher training courses internationally and continues to develop new GYROTONIC® equipment, and refine existing equipment designs. He is always developing a more common sense approach to health and well-being, as he puts it, in a "seriously un-serious way".
Please visit www.gyrotonic.com for more information.