Read a brief summary of some of the cool and interesting topics presented at the Performing Arts Medicine Association Symposium this year. I had a blast learning and meeting new people working in the field of health and wellness (and rehab) for performers.
If you have been following along with us, you have probably noticed a trend: we talk about stress a lot and how to manage it. We have written blog posts about managing stress through nutrition, rest, and interviewed multiple guests on our podcast about their methods for handling it. As a professional musician, avoiding stress entirely is pretty much impossible. However, there are impactful and strategic ways you can prevent stress in other areas of your life to help balance it out. Keep reading to find out some of our tops tips.
My takeaway as a performer and teacher about how to cultivate grit in myself and others. I strongly recommend this book for everyone! It is amazing and inspiring.
Rest is an important component of any athletic training plan from amateur runners to Olympic competitors but it is rarely implemented as consistently in music. Rest doesn’t just mean taking a day off to do nothing, this post discusses some of the healthy activities and side effects of rest and recovery for musicians and draws on sources from the athletic world to explain why it is so important.
How to use the Pomodoro Technique to facilitate optimum performance in the practice room. A simple time management trick of working for 25 minutes, followed by a 5 minute break does wonders for physical and mental fatigue and wards off distraction and aches and pains especially when combined with stretching and movement.