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The Eutonie is a relaxation method with the goal of manufacturing physical and mental well-being. It was justified originally of the German Gerda Alexander (1908 - 1994). Gerda Alexander affected many methods of the body work, without this is explicitly appreciated. Admits is and. A. their influence on the development of Feldenkrais.

The term Eutonie comes of griech. European Union, well, and tonus, tension, means thus literally good tension or well-being tension. To that extent it is also more than one relaxation method, since the correct tension is to be always seen in connection with the context. The Eutonie goes around an context-appropriate tension. Humans, who have context-independently a continuous tension, are likewise dystonisch thereafter. - One evaluates independently, like this of its environment - the ability of the adjustment is missing to it. The fact that Eutonie is brought rather with relaxation in connection has to do with the fact that social conditions rather entails a too high tonus and according to the corrections in the majority only once toward relaxation to go. The Eutonie does not stop, the goal of the Eutonie is however here humans, who are context-referred oscillationable between high and deep tensions.

The Eutonie proceeds holistic and regards bodies and soul as unit. Basis of the Eutonie is eight-SAMness, is called conscious noticing of the own body in the contact with the environment, with select media (tennis balls, staffs, Kastanienschnüre and. - pouches) and in the motion.

This happens with the help of special exercises, which can be accomplished partly alone. In addition gymnastic-similar (achtsame) extension and stretching exercises count. By butt contact with different materials or a kind Massage are to be experienced the individual body regions consciously. On the other hand the breath is addressed only indirectly, the effect of direct breath exercises is regarded rather as dystonisch.

The Eutonie works both preventively and at the rehablitation. She is used particularly when Migräne, back pain, chronic muscle spannings, sleeplessness and psychosomatischen disturbances.

In addition, work on the own tonus and the ability an context-appropriate tonus to have, is always a work on the own personality. Therefore Eutonie is used also as psychotherapeutisch accompanying procedure.

The name Eutonie Gerda Alexander is legally protected. The German professional association of the paedagogues/therapists for Eutonie Gerda Alexander® registered association. (DEBEGA) is responsible in Germany for the training of the therapists.

Pupils of Gerda Alexander continued to develop and among other things names taught the original method. (e.g. Hanne Scharing, those their beginning at first under “Scharing Eutonie”, later under “breath, rhythm and movement” taught and trained.)


  • Gerda Alexander: Eutonie - the way of the physical self experience. Munich: Kösel 1976 (8. Aufl. 1992) ISBN 3-466-42015-6
  • Beate Brandt: Seats, silence, hearing. (Exercise book to the Scharing Eutonie) ISBN 3-786-71255-7
  • Beate Brandt: Each day in person live. (Exercise book to the Scharing Eutonie) ISBN 3-786-71350-2
  • Beate Brandt: The way grows under your feet. (Exercise book to the Scharing Eutonie) To ISBN 3-786-71616-1

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