Treating Dancers & Musicians: beyond “where” into the power of “why?”


Let’s get down to the “why”, not just the “where!”

This week kicked off with a two hour online “”Power Talk”” for Smart Education, based in Belgium, where they invited me to speak about application of JEMS® principles to performing artists.

The title was Treating Dancers and Musicians: Beyond “Where” into the Power of “Why”.

It was so enjoyable to see some familiar JEMS® faces but also to introduce JEMS® to our clinical colleagues in Belgium. JEMS® has so much to offer the special and specialised people who dance or play, so after we had recognised the dimensions of the need, and got over the “”overuse”” non-diagnosis, we got straight into case studies to introduce the principles and process that JEMS® practitioners are so familiar with.

If you missed it but would like to see it, it is available on demand by clicking here.

Working with musicians and dancers is a privilege and a challenge. As clinicians, it is easy to make assumptions about the understanding and body connection that these performing artists might have, but in fact, they find their way around their barriers and blocks to arrive at unsustainable movement solutions just like anyone else. When we zoom out from the area of pain and consider the individual as a whole,  appreciating the interplay between mind, emotions and movement strategies, we can help these extraordinary human beings to find greater ease, efficiency and effectiveness in their performing bodies.

In this PowerTalk, we explored the JEMS® approach to analysis and treatment, in the first half with musicians and the second half with dancers, using case examples to provide context to investigate the key question “Why is this structure under pressure?”.

Using simple principles, we discovered how holding this question in our minds can switch our brains from the convergent thinking that we use to identify the source of the pain for diagnosis, to identifying how the way a person is using themselves is showing up as pain or dysfunction. Only then can we find our way towards a more sustainable, comfortable strategy, which often brings about an improvement in performance as a bonus!

By the end of this PowerTalk attendees should:

  • Understand how simple global principles can provide insights which lead to highly individualised, function relevant assessment and treatment.
  • Recognise that the principles discussed are applicable to any patient in the general population.
  • Have a collection of techniques or that they can apply immediately in their own clinical settings.
  • Have a sense of the experiences in their own body.

This event took place online, on Tuesday, November 21, 7pm – 9pm (CET) / 6pm – 8pm (GMT and UTC)

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