We are all born with an intuitive and accurate map of our bodies which allows us to move in a balanced way. This intuitive map slowly disappears as we begin to imitate those around us. This change in perception often leads to unhealthy habits, which later becomes the leading cause of pain and injuries.
Musicians move for a living. Body Mapping, a term created by William and Barbara Conable, is the process of constructively applying an understanding of ones anatomy to improve how we move both as musicians and in everyday life. With an accurate understanding of the size, structure and function of our bony structure through skeletal models, pictures, and guided touch, one can learn how to move in a balanced way. This knowledge allows one to move with integrity, minimal muscular effort, and with ease, which in turn improves ones tone, musicality, and decreases the chance of injury.
A licensed Andover Educator, I have worked closely with Andover Educator and Alexander Technique teacher Laury Christie of Columbia SC, and was a student of Jennifer Johnson of St. John's Newfoundland, Andover Educator trainer and author of "What Every Violinist Needs to Know About the Body." In addition to helping me with my own playing, I have found my Body Mapping studies very helpful in identifying the underlining problems of my students' technical difficulties. I have also gained new approaches and tools to teaching and reinforcing the fundamentals of violin playing.