• Martine Veilleux Founder of Emotional Gymnastics

    I obtained a post-graduate studies degree in somatic education (DESS) at l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). For more than fifteen years I have been teaching Emotional Gymnastics (EG) in my Montréal center (Centre de Gymnastics Émotionelle—GE).

    I had already practised Madame Bertherat’s Anti-gymnastics technique. This approach enthused me, as it enabled me to free myself from my inner sufferings. It allowed my body to loosen the muscular rigidities I had accumulated due to the trials of the past. So it was with great interest that I followed  the training in Anti-gymnastics and that I graduated in 1997. Up until 2004, I participated every two years in training courses in order to deepen my knowledge in this field.

    With time, as the pedagogy of my practice changed, I became aware that the term ‘’Anti-gymnastics’’did not suit my teaching. This led to my decision to create my own approach namely ’’Emotional Gymnastics’’, inspired by the following :

    • Anti-gymnastics
    • The Sensory Awareness Approach
    • Françoise Mézières who discovered the existence of the posterior muscle chain

    I remain passionate about the Emotional Gymnastics approach, since it  never ceases to demonstrate to me the extent of the possibilities we all have.