Body Mapping clarifies the “how” of music-making. Anatomical models and images illuminate the body’s amazing design for movement and support. Combining this information with movement exploration guides musicians to experience and fine-tune movement. Integrating this into playing reveals:
fluid, reliable technique
relief from discomfort
enhanced soft tissue healing
As limitation and tension disappears, artistic expression emerges.
Who benefits from Body Mapping?
Musicians who want more from their playing, more sound, more expression, more confidence.
Musicians with playing discomfort or injury.
Non-musicians who want to move with greater ease, poise and precision.
What is Body Mapping?
Body Mapping grew out of the Alexander Technique. Barbara Conable created the Body Mapping course, What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body, to empower musicians with the anatomical information that enables them to move beyond limitation and pain, and fully express musical ideas.
Body maps guide movement, they are mental images in the brain which reflect the structure, function and size of each part of the body. Body Mapping brings body maps to consciousness to enhance expression and performance. One method to uncover body maps is videoing playing. By muting the sound, playing movements become the focus. One sign of an inaccurate body map is awkward movement . Body Mapping provides the tools to update enhance coordination, expression and poise.
Lessons and workshops immerse musicians into the process of music-making, revealing movements and effort that breathes life into the music.
"It is breathtaking for me to witness how a subtle change in posture for example, almost effortlessly allows a performer to access the sound, coordination and breathing they truly want. This inspires my work."
I help clients access and experience powerful relationships within their body. For example, how the position of the legs affects technique or how the relationship of head and torso impacts breathing. As the “separate” body parts are mapped into a whole musician, sound, expression and technique are unleashed. These experiences inform practice and performance, offering solutions to technical, expressive and comfort challenges.