Hello, musician! Or, if you’re not a musician, I’m sure you love music. In which case, we will still get on famously.
If you’d like to skip right to contacting me, you can do so in several ways:
You can phone me in Washington, DC at 202.441.2868 or email me at diana.rumrill (at) harmoniousbodies.com.
The best way, though, is to use the form below to email me. I’ll get back to you within a day.
Still here? Great!
Who am I?
I’m a physical therapist, Alexander technique teacher, and musician who plays various instruments and sings. I work with musicians who are looking for a whole body approach to ease, pain relief, and making music with their whole selves. I believe in unhurried, individual attention. I believe in empowering you to help yourself feel better. And I believe your music making can be a catalyst for a new level of health.
As a PT, a science nerd, and an Alexander teacher, as well as a lifelong student and performer of many instruments, I can observe you in a way that’s more than what your music teacher and more than your sports injury focused physical therapist can do. Remember Venn diagrams?
As you can see, I’ve spent a good deal of time not fitting into a single group of people. Me spending a lot of time explaining my unusual combo to colleagues = your total bonus!
What I’d like to say to all musicians:
I totally and completely respect all that music means and is to you. I understand. I know that others, maybe your healthcare practitioners, may think this is a hobby or a side venture or something that you can replace. I absolutely get it that this IS you. And I also know that recovery can be a difficult process. It can sometimes be convoluted, with ups and downs and false starts and a lot of inner discovery. It can be painful to let go of old habits that served you in the past, but no longer serve you well. But I am here to tell you, whether or not we work together, that you ARE a musician. Whether or not you are injured, whether or not you are a professional, wherever you are in your learning process or healing process, it is something you are that can never be changed. It chose you. So know this – that you are not a machine that plays one instrument. You are a beautiful multifaceted musician in your inner landscape.
The bullet point version of my qualifications:
- Master’s of Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut; 12 years of experience as a physical therapist with clients in every stage of recovery from hospital to outpatient clinics
- Graduate of the Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique
- Continuing education in musicians’ topics, pelvic and spinal muscle energy, hand therapy, postural restoration, spinal stabilization, running and much more
- Studies in voice and music education at the University of Hartford
- Voice study with Kathryn Armour, Jerry Pruett and Laural Workman
- Violin study with Anne McIntosh and Laurel Thurman
- Composition study with Frances McKay
- Completed Wellcoaches health professional wellness coaching program
- Private violin teacher for all ages
- I love acappella music, and have been a part of many, many groups. One of which inspired the name of my business!
- I am inordinately happy that I can be my own group now with this looper app on the IPhone. (No, they didn’t even pay me.)
- I have completed three marathons, two half marathons, and I DNF’d (did not finish) the UK Ironman. I’ve stopped training for the time being, but I enjoyed being a tortoise amongst hares.