There are teachers all over the country who can help you change the way you live and move for the better.


Each teacher listed below is certified in teaching Aplomb, Balance and/or Spinefulness approaches to relieve back and body pain.

You’ll learn how to sit, bend, lift, stand, walk, sleep on your side, and sleep on your back — all without pain, and all without surgeries, pain pills, or thousands of ab crunches. This approach has been honed since the 1960s, with continual research by observing populations with low incidences of back pain.



Even if there isn’t a teacher in your city, you get pain relief from taking an “intensive” class that is taught over a weekend or a week. These occur at the Spinefulness studio several times a year in Palo Alto, CA, or at Esalen in Big Sur, CA approximately once a year (search for teachers Jenn Sherer or Jean Couch).


Janet Buce Cook
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Email: janet.teazel.cook [@]
Certified in Balance, Palo Alto 2008

Jean Couch
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Email: jeancouch560 [@]
Balance Founder, Palo Alto 1994, certified in Aplomb, Paris 2010

Thea Sawyer
Location: San Jose, CA
Email: theasawyer [@]
Certified in Balance, Palo Alto 1995 and Aplomb, Paris 1997



Click here if you’re interested in becoming a teacher in Spinefulness. To learn more about Aplomb and their course offerings around the world, click here.

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What to expect

When you attend a class or a private lesson, we will take a look at what’s going on with your body, and then we’ll introduce a set of guidelines. The lessons you learned in the past may indeed be the culprits of your pain, so we teach you how to break the ache and avoid it in the future.

These classes aren’t exercise classes. It’s not about losing weight or working out. In fact, classes are actually relatively “easy” in that you will re-learn how to use your body through repeated, precise movements. Each experienced teacher will also explain how to be tension-free and relax into the proper positions (who knew you had to learn how to relax?).

Along with easy-to-follow instructions, teachers will make small, gentle, hands-on adjustments.

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