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Musicians’ Wellness Centre Fair: Session 2. Masterclass, Patricia Palmer

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A Masterclass for Musicians - With A Twist, Patricia Palmer, Physiotherapist

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Maybe it's a nagging ache in your thumbs, every time you practice. Perhaps there have been long rehearsals for that crucial recital, and now you notice stabbing pains in your shoulders. Or you find yourself struggling with hands that have become increasingly clumsy, or numb. It may be that you are even waking up at night with pain in your arms, or your back, or your neck. Well, it's just a part of being a serious musician, right? And after all, you can't stop practicing - there's too much at stake, and music is your very life!

Even recently, the medical and public perception is that musicians are doing what they love to do and therefore should put up with their pain and dysfunction. Like athletes, musicians perform for the public; and like professional athletes, they can lose their jobs if they don’t perform. But only athletes work with physicians and physiotherapists almost daily. Treating a professional or an amateur musician is synonymous with treating an elite athlete. Injuries are not uncommon and can be devastating for the musician as an individual - and for the orchestral team.

Pat Palmer, Physiotherapist to the NACO musicians since 1998, will teach a masterclass with a twist! Pat will watch performers play, assessing their ergonomics and biomechanics, giving advice that will be helpful in making them play effortlessly and painlessly!

Workshop will be offered in English.

To learn more about Patricia Palmer, please visit: http://www.phyzio.biz/patriciaPalmer.php

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