Discussion thread 6

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Do you have any differentiation in breathing instruction for a non wind player or is it all the same?

In coaching recovery from task specific focal dystonia, no differentiation is required, as the breath here is used as a tool to access a physical and mental relaxation response. All humans (again, in my experience) have this relaxation response hardwired into their nervous system. Accessing this response, in combination with gaining efficiency in playing technique, mental direction and emotions, is in my experience a powerful way of helping solve TSFD issues. I’m not so interested in the ‘musician’ or the technique required to play a particular instrument – all of the people I speak with already *know* how to play. There is a just a barrier with TSFD – a handbrake if you will. I use breathing (and other exercises) to allow the person to release the handbrake. In other words, the breathing I am referring to works on a deeper level than merely instrument specific technique – it is a level which is common for all human beings. I aim to help the *person* rather than the ‘musician’.

2 Responses to Discussion thread 6

  1. Sandy Rosenberg October 14, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

    What if the dystonia is in the breathing muscles. I have an uncontrollable vibrato which is interfering with my playing the bassoon. I believe that this is an instance of FTSD.

    • Anna Détári October 15, 2018 at 10:24 am #

      Dear Sandy, yes that is indeed a form of Task-Specific Focal Dystonia, and just like the other types, it can be solved. I sent you an e-mail with the details. Best, Anna

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