The transformation my body is undergoing through learning trapeze flying is amazing to me. Over the past 8 weeks I have learned to move in ways I never imagined or dreamed possible. Throughout this process I am aware of the possibility that I could be injured. I have taken steps to both tune into the messages my body offers in and out of class, and to map the movements I use. If a muscle or movement doesn’t feel good, I examine my movement, and notice how much effort I am exerting. Massage, heat and gentle movement are my tools to encourage muscular release and movement integration. So far so good!
This experience is a good reminder to use the same care for myself as I play. While flute playing movements are smaller and often more subtle, they too can lead to injury. Feelings of discomfort and awkwardness are a sign to inquire, tune into the quality of movement. With the same techniques described above, I care for myself and evaluate movement. Along with my new level of flexibility and self-awareness, this attention to myself has boosted virtually every aspect of my playing and teaching.
Warming up my body before I play, and taking regular playing breaks are essential. The same if true for time spent at the computer, in the kitchen or walking down the street. Tune into yourself, listen to the messages of your body, cultivate wellness.