The Functional Musician Components
One of the goals of the programming is to benefit your life, in and outside of the gym. Functional strength training involves training groups of movements and muscles, in order to improve your strength, balance, and coordination. The idea is that every exercise chosen will improve your posture and your ability to perform general, day-to-day activities.
Within the musician lifestyle, unideal physical demands are placed upon us constantly, causing stress to our joints that lead to tension, pain, postural imbalances, and chronic injury in our bodies. Mobility is one of the secrets to a life of performing longevity. Not only will it prevent injury, but by striving for structural balance, you will be able to keep your joints, posture, and body as healthy and functional as possible.
As musicians, nutrition is often under-looked, but plays a huge role in the amount of mental and physical energy we have, how we feel, and how we perform. I help clients learn about nutrition in an innovative way - rather than give them a specific "cookie cutter" customized meal plan, I help integrate sustainable nutrition habits into their life. Implementing change and developing new habits takes time, so every two weeks a new habit is introduced. Over the course of time, clients will be able to reach their nutrition goals and most importantly, keep and build upon the progress that have they have taken the time to develop. In other words - become their own teacher!
Maintaining our bodies and our minds takes time and dedication outside our daily obligations. Lack of movement and poor postural habits can lead to stiffness, aches and pains, or consistent body tension. If those signs are ignored, they can lead to a performance related injury. Overstimulating the mind during periods of prolonged stress and constant mental focus can lead to physical and mental fatigue or worst case scenario - burnout. With my clients, I teach effective rest and recovery habits and techniques they can apply throughout their life, to prevent injury, and most importantly, feel physically and mentally strong and at ease.
"As a musician, I understand the importance of daily practice, improvement, and performance in our lives. Many musicians today struggle with health sustainability, or achieving consistent growth and performance over the long term. This is a typical outcome of unideal habits, which can include poor nutrition, lack of body awareness, lack of recovery habits, or the lack of proper training to counter the body stresses induced during our daily obligations and practice. Some warning signs to look out for include - mental fogginess, fatigue, numbness, tingling, pain, limited range of motion, emotional fatigue, or postural imbalances, such as the shoulders rounding forward. The most common spots of pain or tension include the neck, upper shoulders, and lower back.
These symptoms, again induced by our daily habits, may appear insignificant at first, but over time, can develop into serious performance related injuries that can not only cause pain or time away from the instrument, but have career ending implications.
As musicians, we need include functional training and sustainable nutrition habits into our lives in order to function well, move well, and more importantly, live healthy. If we are healthy, our body and mind are performing together efficiently, effectively, and at its peak. This is why I believe in approaching health and wellness from a holistic perspective . By combining functional strength training, daily mobility, and nutrition habits, we create the perfect compliment to our music lives; one that promotes sustainability, functionality, and a greater quality of life."