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The G.D.S. method considers the relations between the body’s
mechanics and it’s behavioral expressions.
States of tension, emotions, attitudes, and the way we live our lives express themselves through our body. Through clinical observation and mechanical analysis, it has been shown that the muscular system is responsible for this expression. It is the muscles and their envelopes(or fascia) organised in « chains » that link the various parts of the body and influence our posture and mannerisms.
When a state of tension or postural attitude is repeated or maintained over time, an excessive tonicity sets in. Spreading from adjacent parts to other adjacent parts, it eventually gains control of very specific muscles until they appear as true tension patterns over the body. This then progressively results in a cascade of misaligned joints in highly characteristic patterns.


The work of Godelieve Denys-Struyf has established six muscles chains families that the body uses to express itself. In excess, these families may become myofascial tension links that inhibit and fasten down the body within a physical typology. Each typology then imprisons the body in a characteristic, inflexible attitude, which limits its ease of movement and creates specific structural restrictions.


An in-depth analysis and decoding of the specific signs, behavioral language and characteristic imprints left on the body have constituted the central axis of research preceding the creation of the G.D.S. method. The method defines the individual postural differences in both static and dynamic positions, the behavioural and morphological characteristics, and the symbolic and the mechanical attributes of each person

The G.D.S. method teaches hands on techniques, reflexive massage, osteo-articular modeling, postures specific stretching and stimulation, and others techniques to harmonize the relationship between differents chains.

Based on the fundamental notion of a predisposing terrain and through a particular reading of the body, the G.D.S. method goes back to the origin of numerous pathologies such as arthritis, pains and other afflictions often grouped under the term of rhumatological or orthopedic dysfunctions. Static disorders of the spinal column, such as excessive lordosis, kyphosis and scoliosis are also considered within the education. The G.D.S method approach is global and considers the great number of parameters involve in this afflictions.

It also proposes original, efficient and sustainable solutions for the treatment of the lower and upper limbs. Techniques relevant to the perinatal period as well as physical and behavioural dysfunctions in children also fall within its scope. Finally, the method allows the practitioner to implement maintenance strategies so as to avoid recidivism and the onset of new pathology.This method therefore is used as a common platform for therapists who treat structural alignment problems and dysfunctions of the locomotor system, and who are seeking a more individualized approach to care. The practitioners of this method form a group called the APGDS Association.


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