Recommendations

Angela is really gentle and effective. She has an intuitive understanding of where your body is at on the day, and works with you from that point. I found the session completely changed both my posture and mindset for the better. Kirsty Swift

Soprano Opera Singer

I very much enjoy my sessions with Angela. They give me the opportunity and permission to focus on the moment (free from the lengthy “to-do” lists in my head), and enable me to find physical balance and ease of movement. Every lesson gives me something new to think about in my daily life, whether professionally in my performing and teaching, or simply when going for a run or standing at the sink doing the washing up. It’s a constant learning process, but one which has been, and continues to be, of huge benefit to me as a singer and teacher, and in maintaining my personal and physical wellbeing for the years to come. Jennifer Snapes

Soprano Singer

My experience of working with Angela was quite profound as the prevailing outcome was rather unexpected. I had some experience of Alexander Technique from my studies at the Royal College of Music, but a number of years had passed and I felt the need to refresh my memory.

Immediately after my 30-minute session, I felt ‘balanced’; relaxed yet aware – and slightly light-headed. This I considered to be a normal response, yet I found my hearing had vastly improved! Everything felt at least 10x louder than earlier that morning.

I gave a singing lesson soon afterwards and it felt wonderful – both listening and demonstrating. I hadn’t thought that I was holding much tension, but Angela seemed to release some sort of ‘blockage’ in an incredibly short space of time.

Unsurprisingly, all my pupils that day received strong recommendations of the benefits of Alexander Technique.

I wish I could work with Angela on a more regular basis, only time prevents me from doing so. Greg Hallam

Choral Director and Singing Teacher

Alexander Technique lessons with Angela have proved to be something special. It is difficult to quantify the benefits I have felt, but they include a heightened awareness of how my body functions, with massive improvements in use and release from deeply ingrained habits. I always leave our sessions with a feeling of calm elation and improved energy and this sense endures. Angela is a great communicator, both with the words she uses and with her touch – she seems to speak directly to your muscles and bones, encouraging them to relax and release into where nature intended. Eileen Pinkarchevski

Singing Teacher/Music Theatre and Opera Director

My sessions learning the Alexander Technique with Angela have had a profound impact. When we started I was having lower back pain and, most importantly, issues with RSI not just in my wrist but all the way up my arm to my shoulder which was effecting my performance at work. I am lucky enough to have a job that I love and the thought that I may have to stop doing it was causing allot of worry and stress.

After our first session together a lot of that worry was dispelled. I think this was in part from hearing Angela’s own story, of how she found, and eventually became a practitioner, of Alexander Technique which was oddly similar to my own experience of RSI in the shoulder affecting my work.

Ever since we began I have been acutely aware of my posture when both standing, sitting and lying down. As our sessions continued that awareness solidified and became something of an obsession.

A year on I rarely suffer from RSI or back pain and when I do I have the tools to help myself.

To say semi -supine saved my life could be an exaggeration sure, but it’s not far from the truth! I try to do it a few times a week and it’s my first stop whenever discomfort creeps back.

I am very glad that I already had some experience with Tai chi and Yoga as I think this helped me get to grips with Alexander Technique’s more basic but fundamental elements. Breathing, relaxing and focusing on/isolating and sending messages to muscles and joints.

I remember Angela talking to me as we mapped the body. She would tell me to focus on my hips and try to relax them. Let the joint come loose. I remember how good it felt doing it and feeling the benefit. It was so empowering to learn that I can send messages directly to joints to help relax them.

This was what I had needed. The tools to make myself better. Thanks Angela.

Kevin Watt

Tools Technician, Media Molecule - the work involves developing tools for video games using gesture-based input devices (PlayStation 4 controllers)

Over the last 4 to 5 years, I had noticed I was holding a lot of tension in both my left shoulder and back whilst playing. Along with poor posture, this would often result in back pain and tension after a gig, and was starting to affect my playing. I also noticed how this tension was restricting my technique, I was not as free and fluid as I could be. After some research into the Alexander Technique, I contacted Angela to try out a session. Within the first lesson, I got some great insights into why I was holding myself in this way, and how to go about releasing the old habits. I completed a series of lessons over several weeks with Angela, practicing the exercises daily, and the results have been amazing. I’ve finally released the tension around my shoulder (after 5 years!) and feel I can stand, walk, sit and play with a free and natural posture that encourages fluidity, musicality and expression.

Angela is a great teacher, and I would happily recommend her to anyone who might benefit from this work. Stuart Picton

Pianist and Singer