Eutony refers to good tension. The word combines two concepts: "eu" is related to "good, well, pleasant", and "tony" (or "tonia") is related to "tension, tonicity". The word "eutonia" is present from ancient philosophies to music studies. From the living body perspective, Gerda Alexander developed a set of practices that contributes to the tension variability, developing the ability to use a good tension from deep relaxation to intense activity.
"RELAXING THE MUSCLES IS A SHORT-TERM BENEFIT IF THE TONUS,
THE DEGREE OF ACTIVATION THAT COMES FROM THE NERVOUS SYSTEM,
REMAINS THE SAME"
In our organisms, tension is modulated by the neuromuscular tonus (or tone), the level of activation between the nervous system and the musculoskeletal structures. From your own psychophysical experience, you will be invited to learn how to modulate local and global tonus from a perspective that integrates the wholeness of being embodied.
Eutony has contributed to different pedagogical, therapeutic and artistic contexts, such as neurological and motor rehabilitation, chronic pain relief, improvement of neurovegetative regulation (as in circulation, digestion, bioelectricity, part of breathing, sleeping, etc), changes involved with pregnancy, childhood and aging, development of artistic expressivity, and ever-new somatic discoveries.
You can learn Eutony at classes based on self-observation and movement with a personalized methodology according to your interests, age and psychophysical limitations. In an online class, you can learn how to improve the use of your everyday objects like office chairs and work tools, and how to use simple materials like balls, towels and pillows for your own practice. In a private in-person class, you can have physical touch or, if you prefer, just verbal guidance for your movement exploration. In a group class, you can have the support of a learning community and learn from each others' perspectives and experiences.