About Sonoma Body Balance

/About Sonoma Body Balance
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  • Are you tired of struggling with nagging back or joint pain?
  • Do you have trouble keeping the benefits that you get from massage or chiropractic?
  • Do you want to take charge of your health and learn practical tools that you can use anywhere, at any time, to find comfort?


The Balance Posture Method is a practical, self-help method to reduce or eliminate back and joint pain, re-align your spine, and improve your posture. It is based on more than 40 years of research on populations with little or no back pain. Learning to make simple shifts in your posture and movement can dramatically reduce your pain.


It began when Noelle Perez-Christiaens, a yoga teacher from Paris, discovered that modern posture was misaligned compared with ancient posture and posture from less industrialized parts of the world. B.K.S. Iyengar, the famous Hatha Yoga teacher, gave her some clues that led her eventually to this insight. She has written many books, most of which are in French, and the work is called “Aplomb” in France.

Jean Couch of the Balance Center in Palo Alto, California, studied with Noelle and also continues her own research, traveling to many countries regularly to observe posture and document healthy examples. Dana did her certification training with Jean in 1996-1997. Jean has renamed her method “Spinefulness.” For more information about it, check out the Balance Center’s website.


Balance is based on studying healthy populations, rather than unhealthy ones, such as in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe. It is about aligning yourself with gravity, rather than fighting it. Aligning with natural laws reduces tension and increases strength, comfort, and relaxation. This is the natural posture of our species, as we can see from all children under 3.

You learn to align yourself first from a teacher, and then as you practice, it becomes a new way of living and moving that integrates into every aspect of your life. You have tools that you can use anywhere.


80% of Americans struggle with back pain. Get help by learning pain-free posture and movement that you can use for a lifetime. Benefits include:

  • Reduced Back & Joint Pain
  • Increased Relaxation
  • Improved Flexibility and Agility
  • Can Regain Lost Height
  • Posture that Looks Stronger & Healthier
  • The Confidence of Knowing How to Care for Your Own Back
misaligned posture

Dana, age 14, sitting out of alignment

healthy sitting posture

Dana sitting, healthy alignment


Introductory Workshops

You can get started right away by coming to an INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP: “The 3 Myths Causing Your Back Pain.” In this workshop, you’ll learn why people in industrialized countries have so much back pain, and see an intriguing slide show that will show you the difference between healthy, pain-free posture and unhealthy, painful posture. You’ll learn how to sit comfortably and get individual suggestions to maximize your comfort.

Sign up for the next available workshop HERE.

Back Pain Relief Classes

If you’re ready now for more in-depth learning, the “Balance Your Body” Foundations Course will give you that. For information on this in-person course, which teaches you how to do all your basic daily movements in a pain-free way, see the Balance Your Body course page.

Yoga for a Healthy Back Classes

If you love yoga, or want to try it for the first time, these gentle classes will help you learn healthy alignment of your spine and other joints, so you can do yoga without hurting yourself. Visit the Yoga page for the schedule and details.

Private Sessions

Get help for your specific issues and discomforts. Sessions available for pain relief, improved posture, or Yoga for a Healthy Back.

Cost is $95 per hour for 1 person, $20 per hour for each extra person (in Petaluma). Discounts are available for multiple sessions and for students and seniors. $425 for 5 hours, $800 for 10 hours. Sessions are available in other locations, such as your work or gym; additional charges apply.

To schedule a private lesson, call (707) 278-8718 or e-mail: Contact_Dana_green

Special Topic Workshops

Workshops are offered periodically on specific topics, such as “Yoga for the Neck & Shoulders”. Most are open to new students. For more information, visit the Workshops Page.

Live Out of the Area?

Check out my home study course, “Good Posture is Bad for Your Back”. You’ll get a workbook and audio CDs to help you learn pain-free posture on your own. Find out more about “Good Posture is Bad for Your Back” here .