Feldenkrais Guild UK — member profile




Jessica Beck

Feldenkrais Training: London 2015
Gong Bodywork, Tunstall Studios, 34-44 Tunstall Road, Brixton SW9 8DA
• 07855 953 749


Classes: Wednesday Evenings, 6.15pm - 7.15pm
Individual lessons: Gong Bodywork
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.
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.