Haptotherapy for musicians

The meaning of resonare is:       

to resound / to vibrate / to resonate

As a musician your job is to make sound – literally - with your voice or instrument. The more you are connected to your instrument and your body, the better you will sound and resonate and reach and touch other people. Which to me is the reason of making music in the first place.

Being a professional musician myself I made a fascinating discovery during my training as a haptotherapist:

The more I became connected with my own body –with all its inner and outer movements (physical and emotional) – the more I was able to connect to everyone around me. It is a feeling inside your body that radiates and connects with your surrounding. Giving you the feeling of “flow” when being on stage and making music. Being in the moment.

As a haptotherapist I am specialized in objectively observing the (non-verbal) movements, postures and actions and reactions of my clients. Giving feedback about these observations offers fascinating insights in the way you have learned to operate, move and interact since the day you were born.

Every one of us has developed his/her own individual patterns. Some patterns are more practical and useful than others.

What you can expect from haptotherapy:

  • Learning to listen to your inner voice (I also call it the brain in the stomach). We like to think that we decide everything with our brain. However, it seems that our body reacts before the brain can get into action. Our body instantly reacts in a movement towards or backwards to the situation or person. Becoming aware of that inner movement will make your life much simpler.
  • Becoming aware of how and why we unconsciously stop ourselves from taking the next step
  • Being more present in daily life or on stage.
  • Learning to feel, accept and set your own boundaries; you will preempt the feeling of being overburdened (burned-out) by saying “no” or stepping back just before the moment something or somebody tends to overrule you. This happens a lot to musicians, working crazy hours, being underpaid and dealing with a lot of stress.

In my practice I can give you many more examples about how your body language speaks and reveals what moves, stops, excites and activates you from inside.

What distinguishes haptotherapy from all other therapies?

We connect through touch, which in turn helps you to connect with your own body, your feelings and emotions and eventual blocks on a much deeper level than through talking.

From the earliest stage in our life we experience interaction and contact through sound and touch. We carry imprints of this first interactions with us, which influences us unconsciously throughout our lives.

“Touch itself appears to stimulate our bodies to react in very specific ways. The right kind can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol levels, stimulate the hippocampus (an area of the brain that is central to memory), and drive the release of a host of hormones and neuropeptides that have been linked to positive and uplifting emotions. The physical effects of touch are far-reaching.

The more we learn about touch, the more we realize how central it is in all aspects of our lives—cognitive, emotional, developmental, behavioural—from womb into old age. It’s no surprise that a single touch can affect us in multiple, powerful, ways.” Maria Konnikova, 'The Power of Touch', The New Yorker, March 4, 2015

In haptotherapy you will experience how touching affects you; how you interact and react differently depending on which part of your body the contact is made.

In practice this means you will sit or lay down on a treatment table whilst the therapist will make contact with you through touch. The way you react to that touch gives a lot of information about how you react to interactions and situations in daily life.

Each part in our body carries its own memories and imprints. Some parts may feel cold, stiff or raw while other parts in our body feel more warm, alive and responding. Haptonomic affective touch can help you to make contact with the parts in your body that respond less, that feel more neglected or less accepted.

In addition to working on the treatment table a haptotherapist offers a wide variety of practical exercises in which you can experience your primary way of (inter)acting in daily life.

Last but not least we can investigate the way you influence yourself through your own personal thinking patterns, fixed ideas and norms and values.

If you are interested you are most welcome to make a first informal appointment in my practice in Amsterdam Oost- free of charge.

Students from Dutch Conservatories receive a significant reduction per session.