© 2018 by SCOPE and Sylviane G. James

Sylviane Gourdon.James

Sylviane Gourdon.James

Sylviane Gourdon.James


"We embody the experiences in life that matter to our evolution"
Sylviane G.James

A little more about

Postural Psychotherapy

"Our posture deeply and inevitably reflects how we feel and

how we act in relationship with the world around us"

Around the world today


it is still widely accepted that mind and body are two separate categories. This is reflected in our education programs and in conventional health methodology. This theoretical separation means that many aspects of the psychosomatic process or mind/body relationship, are not considered when treating patients. 


Posture is a dynamic process. It is more than the alignment of our body, it is a result of our relationship with our environment. The human upright posture is an encoded biological, emotional and physical process programmed in our subconscious, that begins in utero, develop in early childhood and continues to be shaped throughout our life experiences. Our posture is inevitably related to our most primal emotions : fear and love. Throughout life, our successes and traumas, thoughts and beliefs, physical and social factors impact our posture.  The way we move and live in our body can enhance our creativity or create pain and havoc in our health and life performance.



When we look at the human posture through the lens of evolution,

We discover that it is much more than the alignment of our joints or an elegant piece of engineering. In fact our posture and the way we move are deeply linked to our life experiences and  our belief systems. 

It is our interrelationship with our environment, the learning of adaptive behaviors and the shifts in consciousness that occur because of it, that have given shape to the human body as we know it. The human posture is inevitably the embodiment of our past, our knowledge, our beliefs, and our unique perception and how we act in "our" world.

It is Life's Teachings that we have an innate desire to move forward, towards what fulfills us, bring us joy and pleasure - Life threatening events, injuries, illnesses, traumas awaken the body's innate intelligence to respond to stress. Fear and pain are our most ancestral alert signals and can start activating unconscious mechanisms that are clearly physical and give us the automatic reactions to meet those threats.  Our chemistry and physiology change rapidly, our muscles tense, we contract, we prepare to fight,  flee or  freeze. In this state of high alert, we experience cognitive dissonance, and cannot think or learn, rather our unconscious is running the show! That's why people are able to jump out of the path of an oncoming car even before they think about what they are doing.

These are welcome fear and pain responses and are meant to resolve an emergency situation and be temporary! before the body brings us back to our state of equilibrium.


Inherent to any challenges are the opportunities to learn and evolve but only if the body can go back to its state of equilibrium when we regain our ability to process information and think clearly. So what if it doesn't!?


Chronic pain is the embodiment of a "life in chronic stress"

In today 's jungle, unresolved stress brings with it a cortege of limiting beliefs that will be triggered all along our lives if kept unresolved. Our stress response becomes overloaded, and hijacks our autonomic nervous system and with it our abilities to return to our state of equilibrium, feel safe again, empowered again and back to our creative self. Instead mal-adaptive behaviors take precedence and we keep thinking, feeling and acting in survival mode as if it was our new default state.

The physical responses of stress are now creating chaos in our body, we keep bracing against the feeling of fear and pain: the fear of moving, the fear of pain, the fear of fear, the fear of being!  The constant muscle tension is nothing less than "emotional"muscles creating havoc in our spine, impairing structural and functional alignment, disturbing or damaging our nervous system and forcing the body into endless compensatory movements and postures that crystallize the physical and psychological dysfunctions even further.



The body does not lie

Considering the psychosomatic process, the unresolved stress and the psychological landscape embodied in the behaviours of our muscles, of our breathing, of our movement patterns is the key to solving chronic pain.

Postural Psychotherapy smashes the current concepts on mainstream pain management and treatment

Backed up by the latest research, professional and personal insights, Sylviane Gourdon.James has developed the most innovative program to help understand and address chronic postural, post injury, and neuro-muscular pain and their related conditions: muscle imbalances, spinal misalignment, joints and discs issues, nerve problems, as well as migraine, insomnia, fabromialgia, and the stress, anxiety and depression that often accompany or is at the source of chronic musculo-skeletal pain.

Treating the physiology of long term poor posture such as bulging disc, distorted hip, crooked knee, scoliosis, sciatica without addressing the mind set behind it, is merely a band aid.

Postural Psychotherapy is an integrative method for breaking the habit of being in pain

The focus is not on treating pain! for pain is simply a signal or in chronic pain , an alarm signal that has become a habit itself. In both cases it is a message from the body! it is the finger pointing at the moon that the Zen masters used as a metaphor to explain that the finger is not the truth of the matter. And that if we keep our focus on the finger we miss all the glory and beauty of Life. we miss what the finger is trying to show us.

"Balance is the message of Chronic pain. It asks for nothing less than an awakening! if change has to happen " says Sylviane G.James

Our posture, movement patterns and physiology are the embodiment of our beliefs, thoughts, emotions and inevitably the dynamic relationship we have with our environment and life experiences. in that we are no different from the animals and plants in the wild! We have just forgotten part of ourselves on the way. But Nature can teach us a lot if take time to learn from its wisdom. And isn't the body's innate intelligence a gift for us all to learn from.


Posture is not just an internal state of affairs, it is fundamentally linked to the way we perceive and act in the world and if we all have an idea of what good posture is, it is still difficult to achieve this fine balance solely in standing straight because our mother told us so ! It is a process that demands awareness and presence in creating new psychological and physical patterns.



So how does it work?

"Transformational Postural Therapy is the art and science of reading the human posture and movement patterns in such a way that we can identify both the underlying physical and psychological traumas together with the limiting beliefs that are at the source of "chronic musculoskeletal pain or dysfunctions.




To change emotional and physical "habits" by convincing the conscious mind to do things differently is, as we all know, a very difficult task!  When we work directly on the posture, its muscular and movement patterns, it has an immediate grounding, earthy, "back to our roots" effect that awakens the body's innate intelligence, to create a new equilibrium in harmony with our new found consciousness and awakenings.


The magic happens when the persons becomes aware! The realization of the deep seated emotions and beliefs pertaining to their pain and postural dysfunctions changes their relationship with the body. Understanding the true nature of who and what they are revives hope, changes their mindset and opens the door to deep psychosomatic transformation.

Mindfulness is a widely accepted method to physically "rewire" the brain's associations and emotional responses


Indeed change the body and you can change the mind.

Mindfulness and a very specific way to teach rehabilitation exercises and reset movement patterns, as well as breathing exercises are new and powerful rehabilitation techniques that bring incredible results. 


Breaking habits demands that we embrace change, not force it. The innovation is that your  daily Life will become the training center of your new physical and mental Skills until they become second nature.

The much needed techniques, exercises, and new understanding takes place in the midst of your current daily life, whilst you are doing what you are doing... at work, at home, outside playing with your children or practicing your favorite sport or activity.


You won't need to go to the gym, even though you can train there also if you want! and you won't need to go to the top of a mountain to regain mental and emotional balance even though you can go there too!

It is not about changing the outside circumstances of your life. It is not about adding more compartments to your already busy timetable! it is about making changes within yourself..its about falling in love with Life again...your Life!

it is an organic process because we are organic beings in an organic Life


it is an experience that will change your life!