FreeBody Freevoice Testimonials

Michael’s hands are magic. When I get off his table, I feel more alive, more grounded and free of so many of the mental and physical tensions that I walked in with. When we go to sing after a session of bodywork, Michael leads our session with curiosity, passion and patience. There hasn’t been a session I’ve had with him where we didn’t find a significant new sound or new way to make sound. He is a calm, kind man with tremendous knowledge across many disciplines and I’m lucky to have found him.

—Denis Lambert, Broadway performer (singer/dancer/actor)

 

I am continually astounded by the high level of skill that Michael maintains in multiple areas of expertise.  And the synergy among them has quite amazing effects.

The singer's instrument is the whole body and mind, and Michael's work addresses the whole.  As a body worker, he gently moves your body towards greater ease and mobility.  As an Alexander Technique teacher, he helps you maintain that ease and mobility by rediscovering your body's natural ability to be balanced, energetic, free and resilient.  As a voice teacher, he shows you how use this improved foundation to build your singing skills.

All of this happens in an atmosphere of happy exploration, in which the teacher-student relationship is positive, non-judgmental and supportive.  I always walk out of my time with Michael with a song in my heart and on my lips!

—Karen G. Krueger, classical choral singer

 

Working with Michael is hard to describe in words. It is a world that is created in the experience itself throughout each encounter. No one session is like the other. His approach is unique and integrates voice, bodywork, and mental work which together have so much value for me - not only for my singing - but for my overall well-being. There are many moments in the session that seem to "click" inside me, and which I can then reconnect to in life or when performing. It's like a deeper understanding of my own self. I know he is very skilled in each of the disciplines he works with, but in my opinion, the real essence of it all is Michael himself. His intelligence, sensitivity, and genuine presence. He is where the real magic comes from and that is what stays with me.

— Sharon Gesthalter, pop vocalist

 

In my work with Michael for the past three and a half years, I have found him to be a very gifted voice and Alexander teacher. Unlike many voice teachers who use a “one size fits all” approach, Michael is able to tune in continually to my specific vocal challenges and find a variety of creative and also practical ways to deal with them. He often uses a passage from a piece of music I am studying at the moment as the basis for a vocal exercise. He also seamlessly integrates the principles of the Alexander technique into our work.  In his hands-on bodywork, he also shows extraordinary sensitivity to what is happening to me physically so that when I get up from the table, I feel much more in balance. His positive approach has encouraged me to be open to using my voice and body in new and more effective ways.

—Sylvia Floyd, opera singer