It was so exciting to watch an adult flute student integrate new movement ideas in his playing yesterday afternoon. Changes to sound, technique, comfort and expression all resulted from clarifying his conception of how the body is designed to move. We updated his body map with this new information, and restrictive tension released that allowed him to move air through his flute with ease. It was thrilling to hear his flute tone suddenly ring out in an expressive phrase. WOW!
This reminded me again that we have the capacity to learn throughout life. At any age we can learn to play the flute more beautifully, move more fluidly, even learn a brand new skill. This is why I love what I do. Virtually every day I learn something new about movement or my own potential, or I assist someone else in discovering that they too can learn to move more fluidly, play more beautifully, more comfortably. We are so lucky to be able to enjoy the gift of learning throughout life. The next time you think you are too old to move with poise and ease, redirect your focus. Learn about the body’s design for movement, find the movement within yourself (often,) and be aware of yourself from the inside using the kinesthetic sense throughout the day. Your body will thank you and your flute playing too!
Move well & never stop learning!