Through her business, MoveWell, Kimberly Clark is dedicated to empowering musicians to gain freedom and ease in their playing and to avoid injury through movement education for musicians. Musicians all over the world suffer from limitations in their playing. It could be a harpist who can’t reach all of the strings comfortably or a flutist who can’t articulate notes quickly. It could be a vocalist who cannot sing long phrases or a pianist whose back aches. Limitations like these can interfere with the quality of music making. In many cases these issues can keep us from reaching our full potential; for others it can be injurious and career ending.
Alexander Technique and Body Mapping are two somatic (of the body) teachings that can help individuals better sense their movement and the quality of their movement. We learn to identify when our movement feels balanced vs. unbalanced, fluid vs. tight, easy vs. effortful, etc. The two studies are similar in many respects but also have some differences.