I’m Rachael and I’m a professional opera singer, singing teacher and vocal massage therapist. My clients come to me to help them find relief from vocal tension, headaches, migraines, jaw grinding and tension, neck pain, anxiety and stress.
Here are some testimonials of how clients feel after a session with me:
“I could feel years of tension melting from my neck”.
“My jaw doesn’t click anymore!”.
“My voice just soared out after the vocal massage with no tension- I couldn’t believe it!
“I want to stay here forever- that was the most relaxing massage I’ve ever had”.
“My head finally feels clear of pain and brain fog”.
“If I win Lotto you’d get all my money as I’d come here every day!”
What sort of massage do I use?
I give the kind of massage I would like to receive myself -a session that most importantly reduces pain. A session that increases freedom of movement and balance within my body, and a session where I feel deeply relaxed, nurtured and cared for.
I use a combination of gentle myofascial release, remedial massage and trigger point therapy. It is slow, targeted massage moving deeper into the fascia and muscles as the body lets me. I don’t believe in forcing the body or painful treatments- I have the luxury of at least an hour to go at the body’s pace. I’m not cramming clients into short blocks of time as I want you to have time to let go and rest.
Do I massage other parts of the body?
Whilst I specialise in head and neck tension and pain, I treat the entire body to promote the best possible posture, a low abdominal breath and reduce the amount of pain and discomfort you may be feeling. Your first session will begin with a postural assessment to look at the whole structure and other factors that may be contributing to your pain.
Why don’t you come and try a session of my unique style of massage?
Click on the book now button and come for a session!
I look forward to meeting you.
Reduces tension from the muscles surrounding your larynx, tongue, jaw, throat and mouth. Helps promote a free, buoyant posture for best breath support of your voice.
Pain relief from neck tension, headaches, stress, whiplash injuries and jaw dysfunction with sessions combining advanced massage and myofascial techniques.
Reclaim your voice! Individual and group classes where you learn how to master your breath, sound your voice and express the real you.
I started seeing Rachael at Vocal Ease Massage over a year ago and have continued with regular massages because of her attention to detail and because she caters each massage so well to the particular problem I am having that week. We have spanned everything from neck muscle soreness to hamstring tension and from stress to the particular problems associated with pregnancy. Each time I walk away feeling like I have been listened to and genuinely cared for.
I have been treated by Rachael Cunningham for some months, and she has been instrumental in helping me in recovering from illness. As an opera singer recovering from bowel cancer surgery and chemotherapy, I have found that stresses and tensions normally associated with performing, have been harder to deal with, and the methods adopted by Rachael have been of significant benefit to me and I wholeheartedly recommend her.
Performing can be stressful at the best of times. The strain put not only on the voice but also the body and your emotions can be draining. Rachael helped me through what has been one of the most stressful periods of my personal and professional life. Coming back to performing after major vocal surgery and my husbands illness, I was, predictably, uptight. The most wonderful thing about Rachael is that she listens. She has 'been there, done that' and comes at things from a performers perspective. I feel happy to recommend her to performers and non performers alike.Mezzo Soprano
I cannot recommend Rachael and Vocalease Massage highly enough. A career as an opera singer often involves long days and high levels of stress, and a massage with Rachael is like an oasis in the middle of whatever crazy stage world I'm living in. Not only is she an expert in many different forms of traditional massage, but she also has intimate knowledge of the vocal mechanism - throat, larynx, neck, etc - which allows her to focus on specific areas of tension which can cause issues for singers. It is an essential part of my job to have relaxed, supple muscles, so that they can perform their job properly in supporting my voice, and my sessions at Vocalease are an invaluable part of this. Rachael's calm, warm demeanour puts you at ease instantly, and her commitment and passion for her work and obvious dedication to her clients has led to me trusting her absolutely and recommending her to others without reserve.
Every time I come back to Australia I immediately contact Rachael for a treatment! Her work helps me find that total and complete relaxation of the muscles involved in the production of the sound that all of us singers try to achieve through the singing technique! I believe that only a massage therapist who is also a professional singer, like Rachel is, can know and solve the tension problems related to our activity. Too bad I can't bring her to Europe!!!
We put our bodies under a lot of stress as performers. Long operas, long rehearsals and very physically demanding roles can leave you exhausted and finding it hard to sing. Regular massage is a wonderful way to keep healthy and look after a tired voice. As a singer herself Rachael is completely in tune with what a performance schedule is like and she really understands the body. She can tell exactly where the stress is in your body and help straightaway. I know there are performances I wouldn't have been able to get through had I not been working with Rachael. She's amazing!
Rachael is absolutely fantastic! She always restores my centre and not only lengthens and releases all neck, diaphragm, ribs and vocal muscles, but leaves me re-grounded and balanced. Perfect for centering before auditions, performance or restoration after a long run. Truly, Vocalease is perfect for a wholistic approach to performance and life.
I have just received the most wonderful therapy treatment from Rachael Cunningham. She treated me with a tailor-made blend of her therapeutic gifts, to help me release my stiff hip and sciatica pain and at the same time gently and kindly helped me release some old emotional stuff that I was still holding onto. The treatment was amazing! She created a warm and safe space for healing to take place and intuitively chose a number of techniques to deliver a deeply relaxing and profoundly healing experience. I totally and most highly recommend her.Dru Yoga Teacher, Cheltenham
Rachael is a truly gifted therapist. After just one session I felt a profound healing shift. I was able to release stagnant and negative energy from deep within and was then free to embrace myself wholly. I highly recommend a healing with Rachael.
What Ghandi was to Hinduism, what Federer is to a racquet, Rachael Cunningham is to myofascial body massage. She is the perfect example of vocation and practice in harmony. A truly life-enriching healer.