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Like many people, I'm moved by music. Allowing the full physical freedom of that movement however, eluded me when I was in the role of performer. I didn't remember what it was like to feel really good in my body when playing. I couldn't realise the physical experience of it being just as fun to move to play and make sound to a beat as it is to dance or skip, run, skate or swim.

 

Throughout my years as a music student I'd been taught to listen attentively to the pitch, the dynamics, the articulation, the tone and texture of the sound. I didn't realise there were equivalent experiences available in my physiology. I wasn't feeling the possibilities of, say, lightness, ease, vibrancy, expansiveness or any of the other moods or tones of the music in my own physicality. It was as if I had become deaf to my body when I was playing.

 

Body Mapping teaches you the art of movement in music. You learn the practicalities of how your bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, fascia and physics itself all work together to support you and allow you to play. The purpose in studying your own anatomy is to bring that information to life in your playing. It is to explore the relationships of parts to whole, to gain experience of those relationships, to integrate them into and connect deeply with your physicality in music making.

 

Coming to know your true movement design and functioning - it's as if YOU finally come into focus in the scene and truly 'arrive' in the music. Being fully and viscerally present in the performance allows for a resolution of many difficulties and discomforts and you can realise your potential. The process helps you to excel and the joy and excitement of playing music is free to return.

 

Click for more on the science of body maps and about the  Alexander Technique.