Feldenkrais Method™ specialist
You are your primary instrument. And whether your body is a Strad or a factory fiddle depends on how well you use your whole self!
I can help you with:
Performance Anxiety; Chronic pain; RSI; muscle-skeletal pain; Tension; Reducing stress; Posture; Restricted movement
Working with me you can discover:
Easier posture; more Freedom in your breathing, and your playing/singing. You’ll learn how to reduce excess muscular tension, and reduce or eliminate pain. I’ll teach you how your whole body supports your musical technique, which of your moving and thinking habits are holding you back, and to have a clearer line between your musical intention and it coming out of your instrument.
I am both a professional viola player with more than 20 years experience on the international stage, and Feldenkrais teacher, so I am uniquely placed to work with you to help you perform at your best.I have given workshops for the RCM, RNCM,RWCMD, RBC, ISM, and most recently the Sandhurst British Army Band. I am the Musicians Union’s in-house Feldenkrais teacher (now for three years).
You can work with me either online or in person (Covid-19 allowing). This allows me to make a bespoke series just for you, and you have my undivided attention. We’ll look together at which of your movement and thinking habits are holding you back, and explore new ways of moving more freely. This can be either online, or in person. Sessions are an hour, although your first will be a little longer, whilst we discuss what you are looking for, and how I can help.
The Feldenkrais Method® is a somatic educational method focusing on self-awareness and learning. It works through gentle movements, which can bring improved coordination and functioning. Its originator, Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), was an engineer, physicist, Judo master, and polymath.
"I had Alexander Technique lessons while I was a student and these would leave me feeling “magically transformed” whereas my Feldenkrais sessions with Emma gave me things to think about and to experiment with—a more interactive and conscious experience. Emma said she could feel the sound of the cello through my body when I played, like a tuning fork, and when she made some subtle movements to my spine to release areas of tightness, the sound of my cello increased as my body vibrated even more freely.’ I still connect with the feeling of fluidity I gained in those few lessons with Emma."
Sarah MacMahon Cellist. Callino Quartet