Many musicians deal with chronic pain and injury throughout their careers – and some have their careers ended by it. Body Mapping teaches musicians how to move according to the true design of the body to prevent and recover from performance-related pain and injury. This practice is valuable for musicians and music teachers at all stages of their musical lives – it is never too early, or too late, to begin.
Body mapping is a self-directed study, but students often benefit from a series of one-on-one lessons in which they work to identify “mis-mappings” – the very common instances where a musician’s mental map of their body doesn’t match reality. Through movement explorations and practice, Body Mapping students re-map their understanding of their own body and those of their students, leading to increased ease of playing and reduced risk of injury.
As a licensed Body Mapping Educator, Lauren trained extensively with Jennifer Johnson, an internationally recognized leader in the field, and now teaches Body Mapping in group and private sessions, both in-person and online. Most recently Lauren co-taught Body Mapping to undergraduate and graduate students at the Memorial University School of Music with her colleague Gabriela Sanchez, and has taught a Body Mapping course to children at the Suzuki Talent Education Program of St. John’s, NL.
A great introduction to Body Mapping is the “What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body” course. This is an in-depth introduction to body mapping concepts and an excellent jumping-off point for private lessons or personal study.
Next Course: June 21st – 25th, 2021, 3:30 – 5:00* NDT (2:00 – 3:30* EDT) on Zoom. Register here: https://forms.gle/czLRV2VoWjXNEecT7.
*Some days may go to 5:30 (4:00 EDT) depending on numbers of masterclass participants