Musician’s Health

       In my experience, I have found musicians to belong to two categories: the health freak and the self-destructive…the first one would never touch a mojito with a ten foot pole, and is always at the gym doing Yoga or Pilates, while the second one is pretty much drunk by the second song. I am not here to preach, but it is quite obvious that a good balance of mind/body is a winning combination to make you a better musician…so there you go a few links for exercises and general health facts to avoid the most recurring music related problems.

www.musiced.about.com/od/beginnersguide/a/injuries.htm a good article on types of injuries and how to avoid them.

www.handfootcare.com/hand_warmup.htm very graphic page on small but great exercises to warm up your hands and keep them in tip top shape.

www.musicianshealth.com/stretches.htm some more exercises.

www.hhsbands.com/forms/breathingexercise.pdf#search='exercises for musicians' some good stuff on breathing and more.

www.alexandercenter.com/pa/ Alexander technique for musicians

www.japanshakuhachi.com/handcareformusic.html Tips on how to care for your hands, a valuable asset for every musician.

www.hearnet.com/ Great resource for earplugs, tinnitus remedies and more.

exercise.about.com/library/bltravelworkout.htm some easy exercises to do when you are traveling and have no equipment.

www.dontlosethemusic.com/home/ great website on noise level awareness.

www.hear-the-world.com/  another website about hearing awareness backed up by some impressive names.

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