After crippling back pain during her first pregnancy and unsuccessful back surgery, Esther Gokhale became intensely focused on finding the key to a pain-free body. Her studies at the Aplomb Institute in Paris and years of research in Burkina Faso, India and Portugal led to her develop the Gokhale Method. Gokhale continues to dedicate her life to posture therapy, helping people reclaim a pain-free life through implementing important physiological changes. Gokhale believes the root of a painful back, a painful body, postural dysfunctional and general feelings of discomfort are due to the fact we have lost sight of how to use our bodies. According to Gokhale the cause of such maladies is not due to the simple fact that we move less now than we ever have before, but rather it's the way we hold and position our bodies while undertaking such sedentary tasks that is creating the problem. While many of us slump our spines into a C-Shaped position, there is also a host of us that go the other way and arch up into a tense S shape, Gokhale aims to encourage her students and followers return their bodies to the natural stance, holding ourselves upright and relaxed in a tall J shape. The Gokhale Method teaches followers how posture is linked to any number of seemingly unrelated ailments, including disc degeneration, certain arthritic changes and even respiratory problems.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.