Performers work hard, and we use our body to serve our art form.
Sometimes there are physical issues around playing we ignore.
These can inhibit performance, and after time, can lead to persistent injury, pain, frustration, and even cut careers short.
With my background as a professional classical musician, I bring a wealth of experience with me: from understanding how we were taught our instruments, to the pressures of standing in front of an audience and performing at the highest level. I understand the stresses and excitements of a performing and touring life, and am therefore in an excellent position to help with issues including:
- Improving posture
- restricted movement/ RSI
- chronic tension
- pain whilst playing or performing,
- Performance anxiety/Stage presence
- Improving your technique
- Freeing up artistic expression.
I work with musicians individually, or in group sessions.
I work with string players to look at set up, in conjunction with technique, and underlying habitual movement patterns.
I am able to make bespoke chinrests and help modify your own shoulder pads to make playing easier.
In a lesson, we will explore how your habits of movement can constrain your potential, both on and off the stage.
I use a process of organic learning, through moving and sensing, to help free up your habitual patterns. Our movement habits, embedded in our nervous system, often become outmoded or dysfunctional, creating unnecessary limitations.
With gentle movements we work out new patterns of thinking, moving, and feeling to emerge.
Please check out the StringMoves page for specialist string players’ workshops; the WellMusician page for my joint 2-4 day workshops with Anita and Niall for all musicians, and the workshops page for upcoming workshops elsewhere.