Hey there everybody! I hope that 2014 is promising to be a great year already. I’m deep in the throes of physical therapy clients, daily violin practice, and getting out and walking despite the wet and gray weather (hopefully we’re now past the 6 degree days of early January!).
If you’re setting New Year’s resolutions for health, consider the small things that add up besides just being another body at the temporarily crowded gym. Go for a 15 minute walk before and after work, prop up your computer on some phone books and stand at your desk for a while (what else would you use them for?), sit on the floor and/or prop up on your stomach to read, practice a few yoga postures or Alexander Technique constructive rest for 15 minutes.
And best of all, something to look forward to for February and March – I’m offering two 4-week sessions of group Alexander Technique lessons through the Washington Conservatory of Music! Contact them by phone or email to register – it’ll be a fabulous way to spend the tail end of winter. Here’s the catalog details:
Alexander Technique for Musicians
Class 1: Tu, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Class 2: Tu, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Teacher: Diana Rumrill
Freedom of movement and efficient body position are critical to joyful music-making! Unlike a treatment or exercise program, the Alexander Technique is a hands-on educational process that is commonly offered as part of the curriculum at the world’s most esteemed music schools and is popular among actors, dancers, athletes and public speakers. In this four-week introductory session, Diana Rumrill (Alexander teacher, Licensed Physical Therapist and musician) will show you techniques to change habits that inhibit fluid movement and produce tension, distortion, or pain in your body. Benefits of the Alexander Technique include a deeper internal sense of your body in sitting and standing positions, regaining good posture, correct spinal alignment, calmer breathing, more energy, and freedom to express your music. Plan on plenty of “ah hahs” and laughter. Wear comfortable clothing. Non-musicians are welcome. 4 sessions. $120 (plus $15 registration fee to non-Conservatory students)