I work mainly with three groups:
People aged around 40 to 60, who have suddenly realised they can’t do important things they’ve taken for granted. Time has caught up with them, and they need to change. It may be that they can’t run any more, they can’t sit comfortably for long periods, or they suffer from chronic musculo-skeletal pain which doctors have not been able to help them with.
Older people, say in their 70’s onwards, who want to age gracefully and retain agility and confidence as they grow older. They may need help with their balance, or getting up from a chair comfortably, or perhaps finding ways to sit on the ground with ease so they can play with their grandchildren.
Adults of any age who have experienced trauma, who may not have any specific physical symptoms. They may want to ground themselves better, and occupy the here and now more often; to find a way out of habitual action patterns; or find a way to release tension which they hold habitually as a result of traumatic experiences.
In my 20's I moved into the challenging – if fascinating – world of NHS management. Too challenging, in fact! My anxieties and stress often manifested themselves in a physical way – I began to suffer from chronic head and backaches. I needed to change. After attending a Theatre de Complicite workshop (ran by Annabel Arden), which used some Feldenkrais, I was hooked!
I then enrolled on the Feldenkrais training in London led by Elizabeth Beringer and Scott Clark, an exhilarating and life-changing experience. And after 9 years of teaching, I feel very grateful that my journey has led me here. I particularly enjoy being able to combine teaching in groups with individual work, and the opportunity to bring – what is often – a very different approach to the issues and challenges facing my clients.
Apart from family life which, takes up much of my time outside work, I love open-water swimming and like running in the woods near Frome.