I came to Feldenkrais at 30 after multiple leg injuries, back problems, scoliosis and depression had eaten away at my primal joy. I was also a physical theatre performer looking for an intelligent approach to movement. I wanted to avoid injury and maintain my ability to do what I wanted as I got older. After a few months of Feldenkrais lessons for myself, I knew I had to do the practitioner training.
I did this in Paris, where I was living, between 2003 and 2008. I hadn’t quite anticipated how rich the journey would be. Because Feldenkrais is not just great for refining and understanding movement, although I love how alive and free I feel after a lesson and enjoy walking down the road feeling weightless and bouncy! But Feldenkrais has also given me a more creative and positive approach to life. I have taken rewarding risks where previously I might not have dared.
I am passionate about sharing this work with other people. How can we all be more human? Feldenkrais has some brilliant tools to help.
I have been a performer and theatre-maker since 1995. I originally trained in theatre with Jacques Lecoq in Paris in the 1990s. I lived in Paris for 10 years and have also lived in Portugal and Tokyo.
I have taught drama and Feldenkrais, together and apart, in many universities including Cambridge, Kent and Queen Mary, and at East 15, Rose Bruford College and the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.
My solo show, Everything Must Go, with Beady Eye Theatre, toured nationally and internationally and won a Total Theatre Award and the Arches Brick in 2009/10. Cooking Ghosts also toured England in 2012/13.
I have recently completed a PhD at Royal Holloway University of London on Feldenkrais and puppetry. This research was supported by the AHRC.