Benefits Of The Feldenkrais® Method For Flautists

learningCaryn Truppman was attracted to this system of exercise and guided movement by her own personal history of injury and recovery. She writes, "Flautists tend to concentrate attention on specific parts of their bodies, such as the hands or fingers and may be unaware of the rest of themselves. A Feldenkrais lesson is designed to shift attention between the body as a whole, and specific parts. For example, if a musician has pain in the back or shoulders when he/she raises the flute, we might extend awareness into the feet and explore balance. This lengthens the back, engages the abdominals, brings the weight forward and changes the habitual way of lifting the flute. Instead of continuing to recreate a pain pattern, one can create a new habit instead." Click to read her article ... and her example lesson.