If you struggle with tension, aches and pains when you play your instrument, or even just feel limited with your technique at your instrument, I urge you to explore Body Mapping! I’ll never forget the first time I had the privilege to sit in on a Body Mapping workshop, because it changed my life forever. I had aches in my neck and sharp pain in my wrist when I would practice during my early college years. Truth be told, I would have been happy to tolerate it if it meant I could sound good on my flute. I was a good flutist, but not as good as I wanted to be–I was severely limited in my expressive capabilities. I would have difficulties getting a big enough breath to play the long phrases that I wanted to play, my breathing was very noisy, my articulation was slow and muddy, my fingers never seemed to be able to move as fast as everyone else’s. Body Mapping provided me with clear, practical information about how my body moves to create music. I didn’t just get rid of the discomfort, I took my playing to the next level, I learned how to be my own best teacher, I found greater confidence and a calm that I had never experienced before. More than a decade later, I continue to use this information every day; not just to improve my flute playing, but to find greater enjoyment in all the crazy activities I fill my life with (even flying trapeze).
The next Body Mapping class in Boston is this Monday evening. The class will address noisy breathing, and flexibility of the tongue and embouchure. Registration is available online: http://flyingflutistas.com/workshops/#2
Be sure to bring your instrument. The Flying Flutistas look forward to seeing you there!