Conducting (Conductors) – A Diagnosis Is Not a Cure (Musicians)(Psychology)(Pain)(Strain)(Injuries)(Posture)(Alexander Technique)(Albuquerque)

by ethankind on February 20, 2014

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I’m the conductor’s last resort for so many conductors who have come to me as Alexander Technique clients. If I can’t help the conductor, he or she feels they must either conduct with pain and struggle for the rest their conducting lives or quit conducting.

I can’t count the number of conductors who have come to me after seeing doctors, physical therapists, and/or other bodyworkers. The conductor in the first Alexander Technique session may spend fifteen to thirty minutes giving me the complete list of all of the diagnoses of his or her physical problems when conducting.

What is usually said and implied is, “This is what has happened to my body, and this is why I’ll never be able to do what I want to do when I conduct, but I hope you can do something magical that will heal me.”

So, by the time the injured conductor has made it to me, usually he or she has tried medication for swelling or inflammation, has been told to stop conducting to heal, has been given exercises to strengthen “weak” muscles, has had surgery suggested, or has been told to look for some other career.

Obviously, if the conductor has found his or her way to me, then the conductor has a least a glimmer of hope that there is a healing solution out there that works.

SO, THE DIAGNOSES ARE PRESENTED TO ME AS THE PIECES OF A PUZZLE, AND THE CONDUCTOR HOPES THAT I AM “THE ONE” WITH THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM. THAT I AM “THE ONE” WHO CAN LOOK AT ALL OF THE DISPARATE PIECES OF THE PUZZLE, AND HELP THE CONDUCTOR REASSEMBLE HIM OR HERSELF IN WAY THAT MAKES CONDUCTING WORK.

In a way I can, but only once the conductor lets go of the belief that the DIAGNOSES ARE THE SOLUTION. What do I mean?

The diagnoses of physical problems of the conductor can cut two very different ways for the conductor. By the time many conductors come to me and give me his or her list of physical problems, they are saying to me please confirm that I am unhealable, so that I can get on with doing something else.

On the other hand many conductors who come to me, give me a list of physical problems and want me to do something magical to make things right. This is understandable, because almost all of the things offered out there for healing a conductor’s physical problems are passive/magical. What do I mean?

Surgery is the most obvious. Someone cuts you and repairs your body, and when you recover, you should be able to do what you want when you conduct. But what if you never could do what you wanted when you conducted?

This reminds me of the old joke where the patient asks the doctor at the end of the appointment if he’ll ever be able to conduct again. The doctor says yes, and the patient replies, “But I never conducted before.”

The closest thing out there in allopathic medicine to the Alexander Technique that has the conductor actually do something is physical therapy. Here’s why physical therapy rarely gets the conductor out of physical trouble.

The physical therapist has the conductor do general strengthening exercises to help the conductor. But these strengthening exercises don’t work, because they only increase strength and stamina in the most general sense, and don’t address the poor posture and elements of the conductor’s technique that cause the wear and tear and pain.

I want to return back to the title of this article. In its purest form the title restated says, “THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.” The problem is, “Are you stating the truth when you diagnose physical problems when conducting?”

A better question is, “Does a diagnosis, in and of itself, lead you to take the steps necessary to solve your postural and technique problems conducting that are damaging your body?” NO!

Here’s why. In many ways the diagnoses of your physical problems when conducting are only labeling, they may not be a call to action. It’s like being diagnosed with agoraphobia, fear of going outdoors, but never taking the steps literally to GO OUTDOORS.

If a conductor’s hands are diagnosed as hurting because of tendonitis in the elbows, how is this diagnosis going to make a difference, if the conductor doesn’t change a technique that causes tendonitis?

Let me state this much more clearly at the end of this article.

WE HAVE BEEN CONDITIONED IN TODAY’S WORLD TO FEEL AND BELIEVE THAT IF WE DIAGNOSE A PROBLEM, THEN THERE IS A SOLUTION THAT CAN BE DONE TO US TO HEAL US. THIS MEANS THAT WHEN A CONDUCTOR COMES TO ME TO STOP HURTING, HE OR SHE WANTS ME TO MAKE THEM MAGICALLY WELL OR TELL THEM IT IS TOO LATE.

In either case the diagnoses has been changed from a stating of the problem to being the actual solution itself. The diagnoses are ONLY a list of physical problems that is usually presented to the conductor as permanently debilitating or as a list of temporary physical problems.

IF YOU DON’T PURSUE A COURSE OF ACTION, and take a chance on a series of healing steps, then the diagnoses offer you nothing that tell you whether you can continue to conduct or should move on!

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