Workshop Information

 

 

 

• Body Mapping workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of your  participants. The minimum workshop duration is 11⁄2 hours, during which  time a basic overview of Body Mapping would be presented. 

• Organizations interested in covering a range of topics would need to  schedule 1 1⁄2 - 2 hours for each areas of interest.

• Body Mapping workshops can be taught to audiences of any size – from one  person to a large lecture hall. The style of delivery is tailored to the type  of venue and audience, i.e. conference interest session, teacher education  professional development, professional association lecture, etc. 

• All workshops are presented with PowerPoint slides, anatomical models,  anatomical charts, and practical demonstrations/modeling by the instructor.  A comprehensive listing of resources is also provided, including text books,  DVD’s, videos and other resources.


 

© Photo by David Witten, Montclair State University. 


WORKSHOP TOPICS

Introduction to Body Mapping Principles
Putting music training on a secure somatic foundation; training musicians’ movement  by cultivating an accurate and adequate body map; training sensory discernment and  responsiveness; training inclusive, fluid attention.

Core Balance
The spine (structure, function & size); “posture” vs “poise”; How should I sit?; How should  I stand?; the balance of the head on the spine; the balance of the head and thorax on the  lumbar vertebrae; the balance of the torso on the legs; balance at the knees; balance at the  ankles; balance on the arches of the feet; balance of the arm structure.

Mapping the Arm Structure
The four arm joints; the organization from the tip of the little finger to the tip of the  shoulder blade; support for arm movement by a dynamic, lengthening and gathering core.

The Structures and Movement of Breathing
Breathe with East! Confronting and eradicating the ‘great urban myths’ of breathing  by accurately mapping the structures and movement of breathing; the importance of a  dynamic lengthening and gathering core; defining ‘breath-support’?

Mapping the Legs
The three leg joints; the organization of the musculature; support for leg movement by  a dynamic, lengthening and gathering core; How am I walking?: the reflex that gives us a  spring in our step!

Body Mapping in Action!
Critiquing the practical applications of Body Mapping for musicians – individual  performance work with instructor and class critiquing (20-25 minutes per student each  day); focusing on the ‘how to?’ issues, i.e. using your nervous system to train or retrain  movement; how to cultivate sensory discernment and responsiveness in yourself and  others; how to train or retrain inclusive, fluid attention; what is ‘appropriate effort’?; Constructive Rest.