Ralph Hadden has a lifetime’s experience of hands-on bodywork. As a child he gave massages to fellow family members. After a university degree majoring in Pure Mathematics he returned to the practice of massage, adding to his understanding with qualifications in Naturopathy and Acupuncture plus university studies of Life Sciences including Anatomy, Histology, Embryology, Physiology and Neuroanatomy. He also explored many body and movement therapies and acquired a black belt in Aikido. He was, for 20 years, the founder and director of The Melbourne School of Tactile Therapies, a school which pioneered the training of massage therapists in Australia.
He has been professionally practising body therapies since 1976, and teaching Feldenkrais since 1988. He brings his wealth of experience, skill and training to each consultation, combined with gentleness, care and compassion. In his spare time Ralph plays cricket, sings in choirs and enjoys 5Rhythms dance, reading, movies, cooking, time with friends and family, cryptic crosswords, bicycling and walking.
Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely the production of higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
Charles Darwin's concluding words in The Origin of Species (1859)