Feldenkrais Guild UK — member profile

 


 

 

Jessica Beck

PhD
Feldenkrais Training: London 2015
 
Gong Bodywork, Tunstall Studios, 34-44 Tunstall Road, Brixton SW9 8DA
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• www.breathe-move-live.com

Classes: Wednesday Evenings, 6.15pm - 7.15pm
Individual lessons: Gong Bodywork
 
Practice:
I teach Awareness Through Movement classes, which are open to all, and see a small number of clients for Functional Integration. My current ATM class is a mixture of clients from the Gong Bodywork, Feldenkrais practitioners in training, and professional actors. Feldenkrais is beneficial to everyone, and everyone is welcome! No previous experience necessary.
 
Biography:
My name is Jessica Beck, and I started my career as a theatre director, wanting to deepen my understanding of emotion in actor training. My mentor Brian Astbury – and his Emotional Access Work – inspired me to embark on a P.h.D in Performance Practice at the University of Exeter with Phillip Zarrilli. My dissertation entitled "Directing Emotion: A Practice-based Investigation into the Challenge of Emotion in Western Performance" led me to investigate Susanna Bloch's Alba Emoting/BOS Method and introduced me to Moshe Feldenkrais and the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education.
 
​ I am now a guild certified Feldenkrais practitioner, master teacher of Alba Method (Alba Emoting Certification Level 5), and an Emotional Body Instructor. I'm a member of the Feldenkrais Guild UK, Alba Method Association (USA), and the Asociación Internacional de Profesionales Alba Emoting (AIPAE).
 
​ ​ I regularly teach workshops internationally, in California, North Carolina, and in the UK. I have taught somatic workshops for UK drama schools including: Rose Bruford College, Drama Studio London, and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. While I began my exploration of somatic education while focusing on actor training, I enjoy sharing this work with all walks of life, and the workshops are not limited to performers. I have taught this work to psychologists, coaches, engineers, firefighters, and many curious humans!
 
​ As a theatre artist I specialise in new writing, devised work and new musical theatre. For more information on my theatre work, go to www.jessicabeck.co.uk.