Your Body Matters
As a musician, your own body is the ultimate intrument you 'play'. Your ability to perform at your best relates, not least, to your ability to move and co-ordinate your body with freedom and ease. Stress creates tension, and tension restricts the flowing movement which is essential for great technique and musical expression.
You may be familiar with the aches and pain of tight muscles, in the neck or shoulders, the back, the jaw and head, the wrists or arms. Stress factors may include incorrect posture, diet, over-control, anxiety or other psychological influences. Habitual tension in practice can also result in injury or repetitive strain. Your lifestyle may also be affecting your energy levels, co-ordination, ability to relax or concentrate.
More than the sum of the parts
- Emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts
- Relating to the medical consideration of the complete person, physically and psychologically
- Holistic medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body
As a musician, your state of wellness on a physical, emotional and psychological level will influence the way you practice and perform, whether you perform publicly, for friends and family or play an instrument just for your own enjoyment. And whether you are aware of it, or not. If you want to improve your technique or performance it is essential to develop an holistic awareness of what is happening when you practice or perform in order to gain insight into how different factors affect your performance for the better, or worse.
Stress and the Body
Signs and symptoms
'Wellness is the natural state of the body.'