Hello I’m Lucy Ascham. I live and work in south west Sheffield with my 7 year old son. I work from my home Studio in Armthorpe Road, Nether Green, S11.
I’m also available on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings at the Therapy Rooms, Sheffield, S7.
Every other Friday I am in Manchester working all day at Bodywise Natural Health Centre, 10 mins walk from Piccadilly Station.
I came to the Technique 28 years ago as a music student with stage fright. It was debilitating, scary and at times I felt helpless. Through regular lessons with third year trainee Teachers, qualified Teachers and Heads of Training, I overcame my stage fright and really enjoyed my performances and recitals to gain a 2:1 BA Hons Degree in Trumpet and Balinese Gamelan from Dartington College of Arts. My first teacher was Danny McGowan, Head of Training, Totnes.
For 10 years I worked in music administration for BBC Radio 3 Music, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic. I enjoyed supporting a wealth of fabulous concerts and the variety of exceptionally talented people I worked with. I learned a lot about working well under pressure, how to look after yourself for sustaining a healthy career and how stress can affect every aspect of your life.
In 2000 I undertook a career change and studied at Cumbria Alexander Training school, Fellside Kendal. I graduated in 2003 and am a Member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, M.STAT. Which means I have completed a full-time 3 year, 1600 hour training, at an approved training school. I have professional indemnity insurance, adhere to the codes and practices of the STAT Society. I have an Enhanced DBS Check and can work with vulnerable people and children.
I now sing for pleasure in various natural voice choirs in Sheffield. One song written by Gitika Partington is a particular favourite and voices some of the qualities of this Alexander work in my life:
I stand tall, watching everything that life gives to me.
I stand tall, my feet are rooted to the earth like a strong oak tree.
I stand tall, the wind blows, I stand tall.
I stand tall, my life flows, I stand tall.
I have a meditation practice with Sheffield Insight Meditation Group, and sometimes facilitate their Sitting Group. I have shared the benefits of the Alexander Technique on their 2016 three day silent New Year Retreat, supporting the 50 people to sit with more ease and comfort using these tools.
I regularly attend CPD events to enhance my learning and improve the work I share. Most recently a training day in London given on offering a 10 Week Foundation Skills training for Young Musicians. Get in touch with me if you would like this with a group of musicians you know, or lead, or teach.
For the last 2 years I have hosted CPD weekend workshops to my fellow AT colleagues, to provide a supportive and nourishing learning experience, Who’s Got Your Back? Weekend Refresher Workshops in Sheffield, https://lucyascham.com/programmes-for-at-teachers/.
I am Founder and Director of the Yorkshire AT Teachers’ Summer School since 2015. Offering a variety of sessions, support and learning for Teachers and committed practitioners in this wonderful work. My vision is to create and sustain a community of committed practitioners/teachers with mutual support, clarity of purpose and enhanced self-care techniques. When we work together we benefit from the wonderful hands on work we share with others. Nerissa Kisdon said “I long for this quality of touch. You have beautiful hands. This is wonderful work. I’m like the cat who got the cream!”
To take your next step, call Lucy on 07949 522 655, I look forward to talking with you and seeing how I can best help you reach your health goals.