Anything loose, warm and comfortable, and socks (double layer of socks good).
Concessions are available on each class. Please don’t hesitate to ask the tutor.
You are welcome to join a class if you have back ache, or are limited in your movements for any other reason. “Individually tailored sessions” means just that: you will be invited to find what works best for yourself; you won’t have to move in ways which don’t suit you, nor even to lie on the floor if this doesn’t feel right.
Taking the time in a class to listen to your body, and to understand where aches and pains come from, will give you tools to deal with the cause(s) of the pain, and help reduce it, and even get rid of it all together for good. In eutony classes you learn how to balance the tonus in your whole body, and how to use your skeleton according to how it is designed.
Sometimes treatments like osteopathy will be an invaluable complement to eutony when you need help to sort out imbalances in your body, and/or have back pain, whether acute or chronic. Thérèse will not hesitate to recommend osteopathy or indeed other treatments and practices to her clients when appropriate. However, eutony is particularly good at helping you to consolidate the work done by the osteopath, and also will help you to avoid getting back ache again. Eutony is great for prevention as well as cure.
No, the Alexander Technique was founded by the Australian Matthias Alexander (1869-1955). Matthias Alexander originally developed his method to improve his voice by correcting his posture. It then was successfully refined and applied in many other areas. His technique has well proven benefits, and is widely used.
Gerda Alexander‘s eutony does also include posture, and indeed helps you to sit, stand and move with grace and ease. But it’s concern is broader, and encompasses the whole experience of being a sensing, live, social being in the world. It avoids any prescriptive ways of movement, but rather helps you to find your own, without ever demonstrating a ‘right’ way . Teacher training for eutony involves several years of intense personal development work, as well as personal practical work before accreditation to teach and give treatments is given.
There is no age limit. Eutony is practiced in primary schools and retirement homes, in professional dance schools and hospitals. It can be of benefit to the young and healthy and those with a variety of health problems. The way eutony is taught is always adapted to each person’s abilities.