Gyrotonic combines the key principles of gymnastics, swimming, ballet and yoga by working independent muscle groups in an integrated manner. It exercises the muscles while mobilizing and articulating the joints, simultaneously stretching and strengthening the body with minimal effort. Using one primary machine, the Gyrotonic Expansion System lengthens and tones muscles in a set of sequences similar to a dance and forces the client to use their core muscles during every exercise.

The arch and curl movements, which is the basis of each exercise, helps to elongate the spine, while strengthening the core. Internal benefits touted by Gyrotonic include increase circulation, better coordination, draining of the lymphatic system and increased mobility in the joints and stimulation of the nervous system