Althea Chan, Professional Pianist
BA Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, MA Music, Cologne University of Music and Dance, Germany, Werner Richard-Dr. Carl Doerken Foundation Fellowship (2014-2016), Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now e.V. Köln Fellowship - 2016, Prize Winner, Steinway Prize (Classical) Düsseldorf, Germany - 2015, Prize Winner, Westdeutscher Rundfunk 3 (German National Radio) Open Audition - 2014
Althea is a professional musician and entrepreneur living in Hong Kong. She holds a degree in Music from Oberlin University.
As a musician, Althea had a lot of injuries and pain that gave her serious doubts about the quality of movement she was using to make music. In her professional work, she found a shocking number of people living with chronic pain in the modern world—many of whom believe their physical state to be a normal, even natural, part of living. Althea believed there to be a better way. In her own words: “Everyone, no matter their body shape or background, should be able to move freely and without pain. To do that, we must start with a better understanding of how our bodies work.”
Althea first learned about the Reembody Method while in Hong Kong. What spoke to her about the method was that it had a very clear concept of how the human body works as one unit, and it helped her understand her own body so much better. Growing up she never liked moving because she associated it with discomfort. The Reembody Method has taught her ways to change that: to connect with her body with less pain and fear. “[Reembody] makes moving so much more fun and interesting,” she says. “It definitely improved the quality of my life!”
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