Feldenkrais Workshop with Emma Alter
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About the Event
The Feldenkrais Method® is a somatic educational method focusing on self-awareness and learning. It works through gentle movements, which can bring about improved coordination and functioning. It is named after its originator, Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), an engineer, physicist, Judo master, and polymath.
I went to Emma because I realised that my body was standing between me and the music; playing was rapidly becoming an uncomfortable chore.
Her sessions have turned my playing around. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Emma is patient and thoughtful, and the results were immediate—always gratifying—and, more importantly, lasting.
As an unexpected bonus the lingering back pain I’ve suffered since breaking my collar bone several years ago has completely disappeared.
Belinda Paul, oboist.
“I came to see Emma after many years of troubles with my shoulders (mainly supraspinatus tendonitis), related to playing and posture in general
The way I dealt with it until I met Emma, was going to different therapeutic massages, but I reached a point where I knew I needed to change my approach and tackle the problem from the root, not the symptoms.
I was amazed by how just after the first session my arms and back felt so different. It was like all the joints (specially shoulder/neck) were in the right place, arms nicely hanging on the sides of my body and I felt refreshed and extremely present. I don’t know how it works, but I have never been so aware of my body (and being a musician myself, I thought I had a good sense of it).” Patricia Reinoso, violist.
I’m a professional jazz and gospel singer. I approached Emma for help because I was struggling with bad posture, life-long bad habits and physical tension when singing; my vocal technique was suffering and I couldn’t hit the high notes with confidence. The one-to-one lessons were brilliant and I quickly became aware of what Emma called the “obscure obvious” – things I do with my body that I had never noticed before. For example, we noticed that I was not releasing enough tummy muscles when inhaling. Even this single observation has made a massive difference to my technique and my ability to sing the way I want to sing...Emma is an excellent communicator – down-to-earth and understanding – and I feel in very safe hands with her, not least because I know that she is a performing musician herself, so she is “one of us”. A.B., Jazz/Gospel singer
Many of the sessions have the feeling of a physical meditation, with Emma guiding me through a deepening awareness of my body. It has felt like a gradual softening, where there had been hard edges, tension and effortful-ness before. Into these has come an unexpected sense of the possibility of change: a physical manifestation of trust and kindness to myself. By listening in a patient and gentle way to the signs that the body offers, Emma has guided me towards a new relationship with my body.
As a practitioner, Emma is superb and I consider myself very lucky to have found her. I’ve changed the way I work on my playing as a result of this journey, and I can feel the effects of everything I have done with Emma permeating with gentleness and loving care into every corner of my life.
Caroline Welsh, Flautist.