Jan Kahanek Writing @unsplashI went to Emma because I realised that my body was standing between me and the music; playing was rapidly becoming an uncomfortable chore.

Her sessions have turned my playing around. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Emma is patient and thoughtful, and the results were immediate—always gratifying—and, more importantly, lasting.

As an unexpected bonus the lingering back pain I’ve suffered since breaking my collar bone several years ago has completely disappeared.

Belinda Paul, oboist.   

I went to Emma’s From the Feet Up workshop and it was superb. Emma walked the small group through exercises aimed at increasing awareness of our feet, focusing on the way we stand on them and on the current and potential flexibility and range of movement in each part of our feet.

The size of the group allowed for personalised feedback and Emma also recorded the session so that we could listen again and follow the exercises at home. It was amazing to see what is possible to do with just your toes! For days later I was walking around as if on a cloud.  I can definitely say it made me more conscious of how I walk and of moving in a safer way.

Thank you Emma! – Helena Suarez, Pilates Teacher

“I had very little idea of what to expect from the workshop Emma was running but I knew I needed to pay more attention to my joints and to my feet.

The day was beautifully paced and it was fascinating to focus on my feet in such detail and to really notice how I was using them, where I placed my weight, just noticing brought to my awareness that I could change this in small increments.

The best and most unexpected gift was the work on my hip. It aches from time to time and after the workshop ached a lot. This ache gradually went leaving it feeling better and more supple than it has for a long time.
I will definitely be looking to do more so I can look after my body and joints in such a gentle and effective way.

Emma was extremely kind and patient throughout. Also very knowledgeable and generous. It was a really excellent day.”- Christine Johnson-Marshall

“I came to see Emma after many years of troubles with my shoulders (mainly supraspinatus tendonitis), related to playing and posture in general.

The way I dealt with it until I met Emma, was going to different therapeutic massages, but I reached a point where I knew I needed to change my approach and tackle the problem from the root, not the symptoms.

Going to one-to-one sessions with Emma was the right thing for me, and I was amazed by how just after the first session my arms and back felt so different. It was like all the joints (specially shoulder/neck) were in the right place, arms nicely hanging on the sides of my body (instead of forward) and I felt refreshed and extremely present. I don’t know yet how and why it works, but I have never been so aware of my body (and being a musician myself, I thought I had a good sense of it).

I want my body to work at its best and I look forward to continue working with her!”  – Patricia Reinoso, violist.

“I have had the pleasure of having a number of Feldenkrais lessons with Emma.
When I started the lessons with Emma I had recently recovered from a frozen shoulder. I was still feeling pains in my neck after using the computer. so I asked Emma to observe how I was sitting at my desk and using the computer, to see what I could do to improve:
Emma suggested that I sit on a higher stool so that I don’t have to lift my shoulders when typing; and that I put my computer on a stand so I don’t have to bend my neck to look at the screen.
She also suggested that I get a pair of spectacles tailor made for the distance between my eyes and the computer rather than using my usual varifocal glasses which forced me to immobilise my head in order to focus on the screen. All of these were contributing to my neck and shoulder problems.
We then had a series of Feldenkrais lessons, including working on the flexibility of the spine and hips whilst sitting.  I have been comfortable ever since!” – Nicolette Moonen, Violinist, teacher at RAM 

‘I had Alexander Technique lessons while I was a student and these would leave me feeling “magically transformed” whereas my Feldenkrais sessions with Emma gave me things to think about and to experiment with—a more interactive and conscious experience. Emma said she could feel the sound of the cello through my body when I played, like a tuning fork, and when she made some subtle movements to my spine to release areas of tightness, the sound of my cello increased as my body vibrated even more freely.’ I still connect with the feeling of fluidity I gained in those few lessons with Emma.
Sarah McMahon, Cellist.  

I’m a professional jazz and gospel singer. I approached Emma for help because I was struggling with bad posture, life-long bad habits and physical tension when singing; my vocal technique was suffering and I couldn’t hit the high notes with confidence. The one-to-one lessons were brilliant and I quickly became aware of what Emma called the “obscure obvious” – things I do with my body that I had never noticed before. For example, we noticed that I was not releasing enough tummy muscles when inhaling. Even this single observation has made a massive difference to my technique and my ability to sing the way I want to sing. I’d also recommend the group classes as a really useful way of regularly keeping up your personal Feldenkrais practice. Emma is an excellent communicator – down-to-earth and understanding – and I feel in very safe hands with her, not least because I know that she is a performing musician herself, so she is “one of us”.

A.B.,  Jazz/Gospel singer.