I began my musical studies as a French Horn player and later developed a love for singing. Whilst training as a primary school teacher specialising in music education my focus on singing led to me to develop more awareness of my own postural alignment issues. To address these I began to take Alexander Technique lessons. I continued my singing studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning several prizes and then the National Opera Studio but these postural issues persisted. I suspected that these habitual patterns had developed as a young child, sitting slightly twisted, poking my head forwards whilst holding a very heavy instrument. Over the following years, whilst performing and beginning to teach singing, I continued to develop my interest in and knowledge of important bodywork practices including Tai Chi, Shiatsu, Pilates and Rolfing. I saw osteopaths, acupuncturists and chiropractors, all of which helped to some extent.
As I started to focus more on my singing teaching it was becoming increasingly evident that I needed to be in a position to help my students to address their own alignment issues.
In 2010 I met Feldenkrais Practitioner, Günther Bisges whilst taking part in a breathing workshop with the author of Anatomy Trains, Tom Meyers. I had been interested in finding out more about the Feldenkrais Method for a while having read ‘Singing with your whole self’ by Nelson and Blade-Zeller, finding it very much in line with my own thinking, but never pursued it. This was my opportunity as Günther had an up and coming workshop with the title ‘Exploring the Shoulder-neck-girdle’. This was my first experience of Awareness Through Movement and it very quickly became apparent to me that this was powerful and intriguing stuff. At the end of the day my sternum had found a new place to be at rest and was where many singing teachers and coaches had told me it ought to be, that ‘noble’ sternum and open chest, a concept I knew intellectually but not internalised as part of my self-image. When I had tried to do as I was asked in the past it had just given me back ache… My body, by exploring odd tiny movements, lying in some extraordinary positions had discovered something new. I now know that it was my nervous system doing the learning. Following this I attended regular ATM classes with Günther and Scott Clark at Feldenkrais London and learnt that there was to be a training in London starting in the Autumn of 2011. With very little Feldenkrais knowledge I jumped in an applied and here I am in the Autumn of 2015 as a qualified practitioner entering into a new chapter of my life.