Yeu-Meng is a qualified Feldenkrais practitioner and classical concert pianist. Her musical career was threatened by debilitating chronic pain and fibromyalgia caused by hypermobile syndrome. Through the Feldenkrais Method, she was able to manage her condition totally drug-free and has now returned to playing the piano as well as working as a Feldenkrais practitioner. She is passionate about empowering people, giving them tools to help themselves and encouraging positive change from within.
After trying all sorts of therapies to deal with her chronic pain condition, Yeu-Meng attended a Feldenkrais workshop on the recommendation of a friend. After the workshop, she managed to walk for the first time without pain. The situation was not a quick fix but provided a light at the end of the tunnel. Inspired by the effects of the work, she signed up for a few individual sessions and then decided to enroll for the four-year professional training.
The Feldenkrais Method can be experienced in classes as well as in one-to-one sessions. Yeu-Meng teaches weekly Feldenkrais classes in London, monthly workshops in South Essex and has private clients in both locations. Her clientele includes people suffering from chronic pain, anxiety and depression, and people with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and motor neuron disease. She also works with musicians, actors, dancers and sports people to help them improve their performance.
Yeu-Meng is currently the only Feldenkrais Guild UK (FGUK) registered practitioner in Essex.
What are your qualifications?
I am a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (GCFP) and a member of the Feldenkrais Guild UK (FGUK).
Why do people come to you?
As the work deals with the whole person, I get people from all walks of life attending my clinic. Quite often, they come to me as a last resort when they have tried everything else for their condition / ailment, whether it is pain, anxiety or limited mobility due to an accident or neurological condition. They have often been suffering for a long time and have been searching for answers and solutions; they are often amazed that something this gentle can work so effectively. Musicians, dancers, actors and sports people also come to improve their performance and mindset.
Do you have any specialisms?
My clients range from children to elderly people. In addition to working with the situations mentioned above, I have used the Feldenkrais Method to help people with autism and cerebral palsy.
What are the typical complaints your treatments can help with?
The mind and body are not separate entities – the Feldenkrais Method uses movement to access the brain and therefore can help with many human conditions. Some people who do not suffer any particular ailment come to classes to prolong the health of their joints and retain or even improve their general mobility into old age.
What complaints can you help with that many people find surprising?
The Feldenkrais Method has helped people who have suffered a stroke to regain physical function. The body mindfulness and visualisation technique that the work uses helps the brain to regrow new neural pathways – the science of neuroplasticity is now well researched and documented.
People also come to me because they have pain or restriction in their movement. When they become more connected and their breathing and movement improves, not only do these aches disappear but they find themselves much lighter emotionally and report improved sleeping patterns. Some people even experience creative outbursts – one woman found herself drawing spontaneously after a 20-year gap! When we remove the physical ‘blockages’, emotional and creative freedom often follows suit.
Can you tell us a surprising fact about The Feldenkrais Method?
Dame Judi Dench once said how well she felt after a session and was amazed at how effective it was in spite of the lightness of the practitioner’s touch. Sometimes people are so used to ‘no pain, no gain’ they are surprised to find that ‘less is more’. It really is an experience of a total mind-body union.