Pilates for Musicians


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MusciansMusicians should think of themselves as athletes. The tendons and muscles used in performance are put under constant stress in a high-pressure environment. For the orchestra or chamber musician, most performances consist of nearly two hours of continuous playing. These demands are intensified in solo performances.

In addition, playing most instruments requires asymmetrical stances. Think of the violinist, cellist, harpist or flutist. All of these players make compromises to adjust to the physical dimensions of their instrument and to playing it.

To maintain a high performance level, musicians need a program that can correct muscle imbalances, strengthen essential core and stabilizer muscles and prevent the repetitive strain injuries that plague musicians. Pilates is a great tool for musicians. A Pilates conditioning program includes exercises to restore trunk and pelvic stability, flexibility, muscle balance, strength, endurance and efficient breathing patterns. Every one of these helps every musician play a longer repertoire with less fatigue.

Benefits of the Pilates for Musicians Conditioning Program

  • Improves instrumental performance
  • Prolongs your playing career
  • Builds core strength
  • Improves breath control
  • Restores natural posture, allowing more efficient use of trunk and upper extremities
  • Increases playing endurance through trunk and shoulder stability
  • Alleviates pain and tension by improving posture and spinal alignment
  • Reduces risk of repetitive strain injuries by creating functional muscle balance

Mary's Pilates for Musicians Conditioning Program

Our Pilates for Musicians Conditioning Program begins with an individualized session to assess your movement, including postural alignment, flexibility, muscle tension, trunk muscle endurance and pelvic stability, as well as to evaluate any injuries, performance goals or other special considerations.

It includes intense core training to help improve breath control and trunk muscle stability and endurance. Other exercises improve posture through spinal alignment and to reduce the risk of repetitive strain injury through relief of tight muscles and muscle imbalances. Specific Pilates exercises can also be used to help musicians recover more quickly from injury.