The Moving Brain

Welcome! If you’re suffering from pain, want to improve your posture, balance or flexibility, you’re in the right place. Or perhaps you simply want to learn more about yourself, and how you can move better.

We work with sensory-motor learning, using a mixture of hands-on manipulation, verbal direction to re-educate you and your nervous system.

The way we work is gentle, but profound. By teaching you to become more aware of your movement patterns and thinking habits, we create space for new learning.

Emma working with a violinist at the Music & Drama Educational Show in London (with background music)

By becoming more aware of what we are actually doing (rather than what we think we are doing), our brain makes new neural connections, and we can find new options, easier ways of moving. This improved kinaesthetic skill allows us to move in a way that causes less pain, feel better, and have greater efficiency of both movement and thought.

Movement is one of the seven processes of Life. By improving the quality of your movement, you improve the quality of your life.

Each step brings us closer to our potential. Using the way your brain learns, we help you learn new pathways of movement and thinking, so you can move and live with greater intention and vitality.

My particular speciality is with musicians and performers. Through the lens of movement, I teach how to improve stage presence, reduce anxiety, more ease in technique, and greater artistic freedom.

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What can you hope to get from coming to me?

  • Less Pain
  • Easier and more freedom of Movement
  • Improved posture, whether at the computer, standing, or walking
  • Reduction of anxiety, greater calm
  • More understanding of how you work and how you can use that to do what you want.
  • Help with back or shoulder pain, or RSI
  • Help with neurological conditions ie strokes, cerebral palsy, MS.
  • Improvement of performing skills, whether in music, drama, dance or sport.
  • Or if you simply want to regain and rediscover the flexibility of your youth.
Emma working with Lance Sargeant David Wong from the British Army Music core.

Individual Lessons

In One-to-one sessions we can quickly pinpoint specific issues, habits or behaviours that are holding you back, and offer options for improvement.

These lessons are hands-on, and we will observe your movement, and then move you with their hands – using gentle but profound movements, which can be astonishingly effective. Click here for more details.

Update: I am offering face-to-face lessons, with Covid-19 precautions in place. Click here for more details.

(picture: LS David Wong from the Army Music division having a session at the MusicDramaEducation Expo)

We make the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy elegant.

Moshe Feldenkrais

Group Classes

In a group session, we deconstruct the individual parts of more complex movements of our everyday life, to explore and improve them.

Lessons are taught through verbal instructions, creating a framework for the student to explore their movements at their own pace. More details and information? Go here

Each lesson is designed to work on different parts of the body, with emphasis on feeling and sensing what happens in the body as you move. This heightening of awareness allows you to feel how you could move more easily. The classes can be deeply relaxing and restorative.  

Feldenkrais: what is it?

The Feldenkrais Method is a way of improving our movement, by looking at the patterns of our habits, and examining how they help or hold us back in what we are doing or want to do.

Who is it for?

Feldenkrais is for everybody, of any age; and well suited to people suffering from on-going musculo-skeletal pain.  It also can work effectively for people with neurological conditions; those who have had strokes; or children with developmental challenges.

Whether you want to on the one hand be more comfortable working at your desk, bending down, playing with your children; or on the other, improve professional level performance of sports and Arts, Feldenkrais is an extraordinary tool.

What’s the idea behind Feldenkrais?

Feldenkrais – how does it work?

Scientists like Norman Doidge have shown that the brain is able to re-wire and constantly keep learning throughout life. (contrary to old ideas that we stop learning when we are adult). You can change how you think, move and rest at any age, if you understand how to ‘re-wire’ your nervous system.

Feldenkrais harnesses the brain’s ability to constantly evolve; using subtle movements to optimise brain connections with our skeleton, muscles and soft tissues. By this unique combining of explorative movement with learning a physical self-awareness you are able to develop an ability to enabling you to be and move ‘smart’, improving both posture, strength and flexibility in the way you move and live.  Feldenkrais is a educative method for self-directed neuroplasticity.

Emma Alter

Emma is a Feldenkrais teacher, and comes from a background as a professional classical musician. In 1999 she became involved with the Feldenkrais Method, leading to her training as a certified teacher in 2011-15.

She especially enjoys working with performers, children, athletes, and people of all ages and abilities to recapture pain free balance, movement, grace, and power. To find out more go here.

Listen to Emma talking about what brought her to Feldenkrais:

Feldenkrais is named after its inventor, Moshe Feldenkrais.

Interested, or have a question?