Musicians and Massage Therapy

http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/1518/Massage-For-Musicians 

Here is a link to an informative article concerning our much appreciated and revered population.  One of my favorite things is to attend live music.  Listening to music can be described in many ways; inspiring, relaxing, exciting, emotional.  I have felt all of these at different times.

As a massage therapist I also experience a live performance with a sense of wonder and curiosity as I watch the musicians, each with their different instrument, each with their own unique style and facial expressions.  I begin to think about how their playing affects their body.  Fingers, hands, arms shoulders and neck all seem to be very active contracting and holding positions and notes.  Flexing and extending so quickly at times our eyes can barely keep track of their movements.

One night of performing could leave a musician feeling achy, over years repetitive strain plays a part.  As the article discusses musicians are like athletes in their field of performance and feats.  Yet they are not thought of as being at risk of injury as a basketball player might be.  They also do not have the same support network.  Worst of all they are less likely to admit to injury or pain for fear of not being seen the same or hired for the next performance.

 

Portland Music and Your Body

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Summer in Portland, OR is abundant with live music.  We have a variety available in all four quadrants of our beautiful Rose City.  It’s an opportunity to explore the parks and venues you may not be familiar with.  Music in the parks is family friendly as well as dog friendly.  Plus it’s FREE to boot!

August is Washington Park’s Summer Festival.  Ten FREE performances in the Rose Garden!  I enjoyed seeing and hearing the talented works of Portland Gay Men’s Choir. For more information check out portlandoregon.gov or pdxpipeline.com

 

So if you haven’t gotten out there you have plenty more opportunities on the way.  August is usually our warmest weather month, make sure to enjoy it!

Music enters our ears, travels through the ear canals, passes over the cilia (sound receptors) and is passed to the brain.  These musical sounds trigger feelings and memories.  Our bodies have their own vibration and are affected by sound  as it resonates through us.  Musical vibration and sound help to bring our physical and emotional states into balance.  Studies have shown that music reduces stress and anxiety, increases feelings of happiness and promotes higher brain function, especially creative brain function.  Put that to use and learn some new dance moves!

 

KGW School Expo with East West College at Clackamas Town Center

 

 

 

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I had the opportunity to join my school, East West College of the Healing Arts, as an alumni for volunteer work.  We joined the KGW School Expo at Clackamas Town Center on Macy’s Home Court.  This was the inaugural event for the School Expo, it was an excellent turn out.  From all over Oregon, from preschool to college representatives from great schools came together to inform youth and their families about the many opportunities that are available to them.  There were also a lot of fun freebies passed out which everyone loves!

I offered free ten minute chair massage, first come first served.  It was quite a busy day with people signing up non stop to receive massage.  It was much needed by all.  Everyone was so appreciative for the work I did.  I was given many hugs and thanks in return.  For me seeing the relief and smile on their faces after the massage is my gift.  I hope those I worked on will be inspired to come and see me in my office for a full visit.  Also I wish for them to share with others the great benefits of massage so that we all can be more well and balanced in our lives.

Please enjoy the video and I hope to see you soon.

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