"I tried to find out how could I develop every person's own expression without programming him/her. At the same time, there was my personal need to learn how to survive. I needed to learn how to live a normal life with very little energy. I had to somehow learn to develop effort without strain."
Gerda Alexander was a German/Danish educator who was in contact with the vanguards of the arts, education and body movement in the early 20th century, such as Maria Montessori, the Jena Plan and the Émile Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics. From the 30s, she developed her innovative method through her studies between movement & music, new pedagogies and neurosciences, and experiences with students of all ages. Gerda was a pioneer among the creators of somatic education practices in the world. Her school in Copenhagen trained professionals for 45 years, ending their activities under the name "The Gerda Alexander School - International Center of Eutonia" in 1985. Her students continue her work today in several places in the world.