Wendy Humphreys Tebbutt
After training at the Royal Manchester College of Music in the UK, I became an orchestral harpist with the Vancouver and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras. After winning the Metropolitan Opera Auditions for Western Canada and the TriBach Vocal competition, I moved to Toronto to sing professionally as in opera, oratorio, solo recitals, and chamber music across Canada and on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
In 1992, I began a career as a specialized (energy) kinesiology instructor and practitioner. I helped my students and musical colleagues with their performance anxiety, as well such issues as physical pain and coordination, stroke, and memory / learning challenges..
I use both movement based and kinesiology / muscle testing based prograames to work with…
– children with neurodevelopmental challenges (Autism Spectrum, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing & Developmental Delays, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia);
– adults and seniors dealing with neurodegenerative challenges (Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, MS, Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury); and
– people recovering from trauma (First Nations people challenged by the traumas they experienced in the Residential School system; victims of abuse; military, police, first responders, etc.)
I travel to teach classes and see private clients across Canada. I also work with clients via Skype, with clients as far away as Ethiopia and New Zealand.
My reason for being in the MKMMA programme is to find my Dharma, my life’s purpose. I know it’s important to focus on one area of expertise, and I’ve found this to be very challenging in other programmes. I’ve used my kinesiology with my singing students in Toronto and have seen them progress from being terrified of auditions before our kinesiology session to being offered a small comprimario role and understudy to the leading lady with one of Canada’s largest and prestigious theatre companies; or feeling they have no stamina to get through a competition, and going on to win the competition.
I am continually fascinated by the field of brain – body integration and I’m on a mission to educate the world about the importance of Integrating Childhood Reflexes, as unintegrated reflexes can re-emerge after trauma (such as the Fear/Paralysis Reflex), after a serious illness (or diagnosis), or as we reach our senior years. I love what I do – it’s my life’s work, not a job. I look forward to having everything sort itself out over the course of this wonderful MKMMA programme.