Improve Your Use of Your Legs to Improve the Use of Your Arms!
As musicians, we rarely think about how we use our lower bodies, specifically our hip, knee and ankle joints, Even those of us who do use our legs to contact our instrument, such as harp, drum set and other percussion instruments, cello, piano or bass, tend to think more about what our upper body, eyes and ears are doing. This makes a certain amount of sense since we don’t play any of these instruments with our toes; however, there are muscular connections between our legs and our arms. Playing any instrument is a whole body experience and we can improve our performance by improving the use of our whole self.
This participatory workshop will explore the joints of our legs, discuss some of the muscles involved, and highlight connections between our arms and legs. Improved leg use leads to freer, easier and more effective breathing, a reduction of tension across the back and more fluid, easier, and effective arm movement. Much of the workshop time we be spent with gentle exploration of muscles on the back of our legs, torso and neck while lying on the floor. If you’re looking for an activity that will get you moving, challenge your thinking, provide some stress relief in addition to a much needed break from studying for exams, then this workshop is for you!
Participants should wear loose clothing suitable for doing some work on the floor. Some of these explorations require bare feet. Do bring your instrument, a yoga mat (bath towel would be fine) and an open mind!