Bodywork

THE BODY - YOUR PRIMARY INSTRUMENT

We all walk around in this amazing and wondrous contraption called "a body", which can be used in such a variety of ways, some of which might seem to border on magic.

For musicians; no matter what instrument you play: your primary "instrument" is your body and learning to understand it and how you can make it work at its optimal capacity is vital knowledge.

As a bodyworker and a musician I offer lessons and training in Timani and Nutritious Movement™.

 

 

TIMANI

- Getting the body to comply with your musical intention

Playing any instrument is a physical  activity, and although we might have a very mental and emotional approach to our work as musicians, a major challenge is always getting the body to comply with our musical intentions.  

As a musician you need the stamina, endurance and stability to hold a relatively static position for several hours each day in the practice room, in a studio or on stage. Simultaneously, while holding this position, you need certain parts of your body to be able to move with a great amount of flexibility and rapidity of movement. This calls for a very detailed and specific kind of coordination between the mobilizing and stabilizing structures of the body. Accessing and mastering this coordination is something that can be trained and which, when mastered, gives us a powerful tool both as teachers and as musicians. Through this training the body becomes an ally as supposed to an adversary which for unclear reasons seems to act against us, blocking our attempts to make music as we wish to.

Timani is a supplement to traditional music instruction and education and was developed by the Norwegian pianist Tina Margareta Nilssen. The method consists of practical movement analysis based on biomechanics and theory of anatomy and neurology, as well as physical exercises which are done with and without instrument.

The goal of Timani is to give the student or musician a general knowledge of the most optimal physical coordination to be used during playing in order to achieve a greater technical mastery, increased control of timbre and sound and to prevent or alleviate pain, tension and strain injuries caused by playing.

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO..

-Improve your sound, increase your stamina and tap into more of your musical potential?

-prevent or alleviate pain, reoccurring tensions or discomforts related to playing your instrument?

- To find out if stage fright and nerves are all "in your head" or if they might be a result of the ways you use your body when playing?

- Get more knowledge about what actually happens underneath your skin when you play?

- Learn how to access a full and natural breath without compromising other parts of your technique?

- Learn how to analyse and evaluate the way your students move when playing in order to better understand how to help them develop their technique in the best way?

SOME TESTIMONIALS FROM TIMANI COURSE PARTICIPANTS

"During the course I had the chance to play for Miriam. She helped me find a posture that gave me a freedom in my hands that I have never experienced before. The sound was also full and warm without a lot of effort. I realized that maybe playing the viola is not so hard after all."

- Marina Stelina Siani, Viola student. Royal Danish Academy of Music

 

Learn about the anatomy, exercises to use muscles you don’t know you have.

- Summer, oboe student at the Royal College of Music

 

Life changing and mind opening! Would absolutely recommend to friends and family, musicians or not!

- Maria Gïlicel, violin student at the Royal College of Music

 

Eye-opening! I’m even more curious now and I am looking forward to learn more.

- Jonna Järvitalo, flute student at the Royal College of Music

 

Timani is just what you need to bring your musicianship to the next level: It allows you to gain full control of that perfect machine that we use to express ourselves: our body.

- Pierpaolo Casamassima, violin student at Royal College of Music

 

Unmissable for musicians who want to learn more about themselves for their career.

- Christopher Quaid, violin student at the Royal College of Music

 

This method is the answer to enjoying music and discovering your potential as a musician and person.

- Sarah Daramy-Williams, violin student at the Royal College of Music

 

Life changing and mind opening! Would absolutely recommend to friends and family, musicians or not!

- Maria Gïlicel, violin student at the Royal College of Music

 

SOME RELEVANT BLOG POSTS FROM MY BLOG..

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I teach at my home studio at Holmlia. 

Nordåssløyfa 10, 1251 Oslo

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NUTRITIOUS MOVEMENT

- Movement nutrients for your body

Both Timani and Nutritious Movement™ involves a deeper understanding of the coordination needed in order to use the body in a way that supports it rather than strains it in a negative way.

Nutritious Movement™ is a whole-body movement program developed by the american biomechanist Katy Bowman. In this program the general term "movement" is put into a broader perspective.

The body is to a large degree self-regulating: an optimal use will bring optimal health. However, in order to be self-regulating the body has certain mechanical requirements: it needs to be used according to how it was designed. 

Just like your body needs a big variety of dietary nutrients in order to stay healthy (vitamins, minerals and trace elements) it also needs its movement-nutrientsas in a varied and differentiated use of the whole body on a macro- and micro level.  

"You are how you move" so how about learning how to move in a way that restores, rather than strains the body, and maybe getting some insights into how your daily way of using your body might contribute in re-occurring health issues or, alternatively, might help to alleviate them.

Nutritious Movement™ is developed by biomechanist Katy Bowman, founder of Nutritious Movement in Ventura, USA.

For more information on her check out the website here.

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO..

-Learn how you can slow down or prevent common "age-related" ailments by becoming a more conscious daily mover?

-Find out if re-occurring tensions or aches are the result of ways in which you use your body on a daily basis?

- Learn about how increasing your interroception, your internal sensory awareness, might affect your mental and emotional state of mind?

- Learn about how changing the way you sit, stand and walk can affect chronic tension in the shoulders, arms and neck?

- Develop a biomechanical sense of movement which you can apply to whatever type of training or workout you are doing in order to better avoid strain injuries?

- Become more aware of your individual posture and how the way you carry yourself affects the tension pattern in your muscles as well as your metabolism, blood pressure and digestion?

SOME RELEVANT BLOG POSTS FROM MY BLOG..

WANT TO TRY IT?

I teach at my home studio at Holmlia. 

Nordåssløyfa 10, 1251 Oslo

SEND ME A WORD