What is the Gyrotonic Expansion System®
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Gyrotonic®, which literally means "energy work", is the practice of learning to control the movement of the life force internally, using only the mind to direct energy in the body. Increased life energy, in turn, manifests in a variety of ways, from improved physical health to greater mental clarity and spiritual attainment. In fact, regular practice of these exercises will lead to a body/ mind that is functionally younger, so that one's "golden years" are truly golden, rather than rusty.

What is Chi energy?

Put simply, it is that which gives life. In terms of the body, chi is that which differentiates a corpse from a live human being. To use a Biblical reference, it is that which God breathed into the dust to produce Adam. Chi is the basis of acupuncture; it is the life energy people try desperately to hold onto when they think they are dying. A strong life force makes a human being totally alive, alert, and "present," while a weak life force results in sluggishness and fatigue. Energy can be increased in a human being. Consequently, the development of chi can make an ill person robust or a weak person vibrant; it can also enhance mental capacity.

The Gyrotonic Expansion System® Gives Mental Clarity

Of course, many physical problems are at least partially due to, or aggravated by, mental/emotional stress, so the importance of the inner tranquility developed through Gyrotonic Expansion System® cannot be overestimated. The practice of Gyrotonic Expansion System® helps manage the stress, anger, depression, morbid thoughts, and general confusion that prey on the mind when its chi is not regulated and balanced. Strengthening and balancing the energy of your mind enhances your ability to detect subtle nuances and to perceive the world and its patterns at ever-increasing levels of complexity. People who do not practice some form of energy development may never acquire these abilities. The Benefits of Gyrotonic Expansion System® vs Western-Style exercise Most exercise in the West, such as jogging, swimming, cycling, and so forth, works primarily on the muscles (including the heart) and the lungs. The Chinese also partake in Westem-style exercise, but the Gyrotonic Expansion System® is thought to be of a higher level.

Why?

Through the use of the Gyrotonic® work out you Loosens the Muscles and Builds Power. The Gyrotonic Expansion System® workout works with the muscles quite differently than typical exercises do. Aerobics and vigorous stretching build strength and flexibility; With the Gyrotonic Expansion System® and other internal exercises build effortless power and looseness. The feeling of strength, of being pumped up, obtained in Western exercise is actually due to muscular contraction, and even though you may be able to do leg splits, for example, this kind of contraction prevents the free flow of chi. In the internal arts, the feeling of strength is considered inappropriate; the goal, rather, is a feeling of relaxed power. Relaxed power comes when the muscles, rather than fighting and straining to do something, just loosen (open up) and allow the energy to flow through.

Gyrotonic Expansion System® Strengthens the Nerves

Chi flows primarily along the nerves of the body. Although at advanced levels of development chi and the nerves can be felt separately, the great majority of beginners only have awareness of their nerves. The nerves are an intermediary between the body and the mind, and it is through the nerves that we are used to gaining information about our bodies. Much of the initial Gyrotonic® work, which emphasizes getting in touch with the body and clearing out blockages, is accomplished through the nervous system. As your chi gets stronger through continued practice, your nerves are strengthened and your body awareness is enhanced. People with poor coordination and other motor problems can benefit greatly, and everyone is aware of the important role spinal nerves play in overall health. The entire chiropractic system is based on the importance of spinal nerve flow. Chi is also an intermediary between the body and the mind, and while it travels with nerve impulses, it can, with practice, be felt independently. It is commonly said in the internal arts that the mind moves the chi, and the chi moves the body. This is true, but it is important to be aware that most beginners need to work through the nerves first. The Gyrotonic Expansion System® has the ability to strengthen the nervous system makes it a magnificently effective technique for relieving stress on a day-to-day basis, as well as rebuilding bodies that have broken down due to long-term stress.
A single Gyrotonic ® session can relieve muscle stress,and leave you feeling invigorated and more aware of your whole body. After a few weeks of training, you will likely feel a pronounced difference in strength, ease, efficiency of movement, and an overall sense of well-being. The pilates studio here in Houghton, Johannesburg has Gyrotonic® Equipment and trainers available who would be happy to give you a tour of the studio and answer any questions you may have.