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.
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.