Do you come up with 3 main excuses why you should live with pain?
"Don't have enough time"
Are you time poor? The hectic demands of being a musician don’t leave much time for mastering your main instrument; you body. Rediscover ease may be able to help.
"Hey, pain stays a secret among musicians"
Keeping pain a secret keeps the gigs coming in, right? The statistics are staggering! Don’t become another over injured musician who has to put an end to a career they’ve worked a life time on. Finding true support is a wholistic business, and Rediscover ease offers a constructive solution.
"I've got good posture, but nothing seems to work"
Does your “good posture” fall apart as soon as you pick up your instrument to practice of perform? Rediscover ease offers movement, posture and body awareness education that doesn’t cut a whole person into bits and parts.
There is plenty of great advice about how you should improve your string playing posture, but how do you know if you’re doing what you think you’re doing?
Depending upon the piece you are playing, a string players motion of the bow crossing the strings can be short and rapid movement, or long and exaggerated. Many violinists are at risk of developing issues with muscle and nerve discomfort in either their bowing hand or violin cradling shoulder.
This can be due to the fact that the movements and positions that are necessary for supporting a string instrument are not naturally ergonomic for the body. An example of stress that is placed on musicians’ bodies is illustrated by a violinist playing one of Handel’s Messiah movements; the violinist bows 740 times in 2 minutes. Below are some of the more common conditions that afflict violinists.
The advice for avoiding injury and pain patterns is seemingly intelligent and rational. Except that ‘standing up straight’ and ‘holding your head up high’ are actually undefinable if we don’t know what they refer to.
With Rediscover Ease pain solutions for musicians you’ll get:
There is no use just ‘fixing’ your posture into something that can’t have mobility and dynamism
You have spend your entire life perfecting your art and you need to avoid jeopardising your career with the risk of debilitating injury and pain patterns.
Some of the more common conditions that are common causes of pain and injury in string players are:
The neck and shoulder pain that is caused by excessive tension, can lead to spinal conditions. This is often due to inadequate or improperly fitted chin and shoulder rests and lack of proper movement and body awareness. An excessively high elbow on the bowing arm will lead to a predisposition toward right shoulder problems, as the tendons in the right shoulder get impinged between the arm bone and the shoulder bone. This is also true of the cervical (neck) spine. The unsupported and tilted position of the neck leads to excessive force being borne by the spine. Chronic strain and spine impingement can be the results. Read more about how movement mastery can help musicians.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is brought on when the median nerve in the wrist is under perpetual pressure. This can result in a tingling sensation or numbness in the fingers. Similarly, there are more than 100 different conditions that are classified as CTS and can have a debilitating effect on an orchestral string player’s wellbeing and livelihood. Read more about CTS conditions.
Chronic overuse syndrom
The bowing arm and the fretting hand are both susceptible to developing overuse injuries. Bowing hand injuries usually manifest from pushing too firmly on the strings. Even pressing down 20-30% harder than necessary on the strings may result in an overuse injury. In fact, tendinitis in the left forearm, especially the extensor muscles (the back of the forearm) is the most common injury. Read more about chronic overuse syndrome in musicians.
Rediscover ease can help you avoid or recover from patterns of pain and movement compensation.
Movement mastery highlights 3 fundamental. These 3 essentials can help you improve your overall movement skills level because they drive to the core of intelligent movement behaviour.
Intelligent and effortless movement and support in your body is a moment by moment affair. Movement mastery gives you the tools to improve how to expand your attention a in timely way; both in your mental and physical behaviour.
Ever wonder why the general advice on posture and body mechanics are either too complicated or too simplistic? With the movement mastery approach, you gain the tools of reasoning in a relational way about the what and how of posture, movement and body awareness. It’s the direction or your practice that leads to improvements, and not just mindless repetition.
The most practical part of learning movement mastery is the emphasis on tangible ways to actually perceive what you are doing in relation to what you think you are doing. The distinction is vast, essential, and leads to freeing up your movement and your artist expressiveness.
Your body shouldn’t become a mystery to you, but when pain sets in this can become an unwelcome reality
Like music itself, the living human body is a complex system. When pain and discomfort starts to drive our attention, patterns of compensation take over. Getting to know the real possibilities of your body is a process much like learning to play music.