alexander technique & massage



Cambridge, Essex & Tokyo

(Alexander Technique teacher &  masseuse)

my theatre school was in the wild north island of Japan, in log cabins which we built ourselves in the mountains.

By day we worked on the local farms, by night we trained as actors.

We learned both the hard physical work of labouring in the fields and the expressive physical subtlty of dance, acting and stage fighting.

On graduating we made a touring theatre company, specializing in plays about nature, performing all over Japan and abroad.

I worked as an actress in Japan on stage, TV, film and radio for 11 years and taught relaxation and physical expression for actors.

I came to England with the support of the Japanese government to do workshops at RADA and took a one year course in European theatre at LAMDA. And I spent a further 11 years acting in the English language, making my home in the UK.

Increasingly I became interested in the holistic relationship of mind and body.

I trained in Swedish body, Indian head & aromatherapy massage (VTCT level 3 qualification) and hot & cold stone massage, pregnancy massage and baby massage in London, so I could combine the best of oriental and European massage to encourage relaxation and to revive mind and body.


As an actor I had benefited greatly from the Alexander Technique. Therefore I undertook a three year, full time training as a teacher of Alexander Technique at East Anglia Centre for Alexander Technique.

Now I am able to offer these complementary practices of massages and Alexander Technique either individually or in tandem.

I teach Alexander Technique in UK (at The Therapy Room Cambridge and my own 'sakura studio' in Ashdon , in private practice and groups when requested), and internationally in China (Shanghai Theatre Academy & Yunnan Arts University) and  Japan (United Performers' Studio, LesPro, Furano Group & private practice).


I am a member of the Scociety of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT)

and also of Alexander Technique Education (ATE).

I am certified to deliver the Alexander in Education Course (Primary School,

Secondary school and Teritary Levels).

I am fully insured and hold an Enhanced Certificate from the Disclosure and

Barring Service to work with children and vulnerable adults.

…growing up in Japan I was familiar from an early age with the traditional practice of family members or friends giving each other a short massage to enhance well being on a regular basis.

I began my working life after school as a social worker in Tokyo but I felt that there was an artistic and physical dimension lacking for me.

I began training as an actor in a unique natural environment –

Noriko Sakura

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