Profiting from a foot massage: this is how!
A conscious activity while practising can be combined with a pleasant relaxation at the same time. An effective way to relax while exercising is to use small textured massage rollers: while you are playing, the rollers massage the soles of your feet by moving your legs back and forth. This can be practiced sitting with one or two rollers and standing with one. Basically, it can be done "just like that", that is, regardless of specific projects: Take two rollers and move them back and forth independently of a meter. However, it is advisable to consciously incorporate this relaxation into the concentrated practice and take many advantages with you:
- rhythm stability,
- internalizing rhythm,
- internalizing musically phrases,
This is a way you can start
In this short >>Video<< Wei shows, how advanced players can benefit from using textured massage rollers: phrasing is combined with rhythmic stability and the playing flow.
Guiding the rollers
Right from the start ...
Laura can be seen here in her first viola lessons: from the beginning she learns the coordination between the bow hand, the grasping hand and the feet.
We have observed with several children and adolescents that they can concentrate much better and, above all, longer with the rollers. Some of them were simply "physically active" and others were diagnosed with ADHD. This also made it possible for some of them to play together with others at a high level in a chamber music ensemble, which probably wouldn’t have been possible without.