In the last 6 months or so, the musician’s wellness movement has seemed to explode! Whether these people have always been there or things are just now starting to catch fire I don’t know, but I can tell you I am super happy to see this FINALLY happening. When I first got injured….nay, all three times I was injured, performance injuries were not talked about and you were expected to figure out how to take care of your body in silence lest you be perceived as an inferior musician. Admit you hurt and your injury was viewed as negligence, a mistake, practically a mark on your character and with the classical music world as incredibly cut throat as it is – someone who DIDN’T have any injuries or problems (or didn’t talk about them) was more than willing to take your place.
That being said – there was little to no guidance given in the realm of physical preparation, conditioning, etc. when it comes to the musician. Somehow, you’re just supposed to know how to stay healthy, and if you get injured, well, you shouldn’t have done that – why didn’t you stick to “running” or “yoga” since those are “safe” for musicians.
In what other profession is this the norm? Expected to hone your craft, on a physical level, to an elite status, hours a day, decades at a time WITH NO GUIDANCE and if you mess up you’re NOT GOOD AT WHAT YOU DO?????
Does that mentality make anyone else want to pull their hair out???
Thankfully, enough of us realized the sheer lunacy of this mentality and are taking our careers and our health back, determined to be a resource.
Meet Corpsonore: Madeline Stewart and Hannah Murray, two musicians who decided to branch out from their classical roots and pair up to bring helpful healthy resources to the musical community. You can read their bios here.
They found me on Instagram and asked if I would like to not only write a guest article for them, but to be on their podcast? Of course I said yes! The article is out but the podcast might be a bit since Madeline is about to have a baby!
You can read my article here where I talk about Debunking Weightlifting Myths for the Musician (ANOTHER soap box) , but I urge you to take a look around their website and see what all the offer. A quick run-down of new musician resources follows, but posts on each are forthcoming.
Big things are in the works here at Music Strong, and your support including so many people seeking me out just confirms: This is NEEDED. Stay tuned for more good things!
Recent podcasts: their info on the left, link to our podcast on the right
The Rock Doctor : Lifting Up the Music World with Music Strong
The Conditioned Musician : The Musician’s Trainer
The Fit Musician: Podcast interview out around Oct. 6 – subscribe/download here