An Alexander Technique Approach to Focal Dystonia
This ebook incorporates changes in beliefs and the Alexander Technique principles of good posture and great technique to help the performer with focal dystonia get out of trouble. It is the intention of this ebook to help the performer with focal dystonia find a personal technique and posture on the instrument that allows you to find the most mechanically advantageous way to play and to heal your focal dystonia. This ebook is filled with concepts that will help you explore what you’ve been doing technically, posturally, and attitudinally on your instrument that has caused focal dystonia, so that your instrument is easier to play and kinder to the body. The topics are: What the Alexander Technique Offers Performers with Focal Dystonia; Posture: Sitting and Standing; Torso, Shoulders, and Breathing; Head, Neck, and Instrument; Pure Observation; Direction (how to be fully upright); Inhibition and Focal Dystonia (letting go of bad habits); Accuracy; Arms Move the Hands; Slow and Fast Playing, Fragments and Focal Dystonia; When You’re not Doing Something, Don’t Continue to Do It; The Reasons Why Performer Resist Releasing Poor Physical Habits; and As a Gift.
Ethan Kind is a former concert guitarist who used the Alexander Technique to heal carpal tunnel pain in his left wrist and never had physical problems on the guitar again. He has also been an athlete all of his life. Please contact Mr. Kind if you have any questions about this ebook, suggestions that would make this ebook clearer and more expansive, or suggestions for other ebooks that you would like to see him write about. Mr. Kind can be reached at www.ethankind.com and [email protected]
This book is 61 pages