Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

Body Mapping

Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

Body Mapping

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In the last journal, I talked about synergy - working together - and its energizing effect. While work and professional commitments placed demands on my attention during the summer months, I had the opportunity to take part in a synergistic event in the form of a body mapping session, offered in St. John's during the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCO).

By definition, body mapping is "a somatic (mind-body) discipline based upon the scientific fact that the brain contains neural maps of bodily functions and structures that govern our body usage. [It] is essentially an analytical process - i.e., it is a way to examine our parts in detail" (Heather Buchanan). In other words, outlines or images of one's various body parts and how they work, independently and together, are embedded on the brain. A neural map charted by one's daily operations. Yet, how these parts will operate and interact in the future can be impacted via conscious thought. Thinking about how the body parts could and/or should interact and operate is the cornerstone towards making a change a reality; new neural pathways are created through conscious thought.

The principles of body mapping are reflected in the Alexander technique, which approaches anatomy from the 'inside out' and uses this anatomical knowledge to gain anatomical wisdom. Alexander's work proposes that if one wants to make a change, one needs to rethink what one is doing.

In effect, the CMEA/ACME has engaged in its own body mapping exercise through its re-visioning efforts over the past year - making changes by rethinking what we are doing. …

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