Musicians' Wellness Centre

Musicians' Wellness Centre The Musicians' Wellness Centre, housed at the University of Ottawa, aims to educate, conduct research, and provide treatment related to musicians’ wellness.

We're moving! We are so excited to share with you, the launch of the first ever Music and Health Research Institute (MHR...
09/23/2021

We're moving!
We are so excited to share with you, the launch of the first ever Music and Health Research Institute (MHRI)! Want to know more about the MHRI - check out the social media info linked below. If you'd like to continue supporting us, please feel free to follow us, like our page, or retweet our post to help us spread the word! Excited and hope to see you all there!

Twitter :
https://twitter.com/music_health_

Facebook :
https://www.facebook.com/MusicHealthResearchInstitute/


Instagram
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We're moving!
We are so excited to share with you, the launch of the first ever Music and Health Research Institute (MHRI)! Want to know more about the MHRI - check out the social media info linked below. If you'd like to continue supporting us, please feel free to follow us, like our page, or retweet our post to help us spread the word! Excited and hope to see you all there!

Twitter :
https://twitter.com/music_health_

Facebook :
https://www.facebook.com/MusicHealthResearchInstitute/


Instagram
www.instagram.com/music_health_/

Hi everyone! We are at the halfway mark in our free virtual yoga class series! Weren’t able to join in on one before?? T...
01/21/2021

Hi everyone! We are at the halfway mark in our free virtual yoga class series! Weren’t able to join in on one before?? That’s okay! Sign up for Saturday January 23rd is still open! It takes less than 3 minutes to register and this class can be the perfect addition to your Saturday schedule to keep you healthy and active 😁 So sign up and share with friends !!

Also a huge thank you to up and coming artist (Instagram handle: @urappuchithii) for creating this graphic!

Google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYAdULkIKnfpHEEaMQDaqrc2koXBwkK9knKVKgCQ1pThnd2g/viewform

Hi everyone! We are at the halfway mark in our free virtual yoga class series! Weren’t able to join in on one before?? That’s okay! Sign up for Saturday January 23rd is still open! It takes less than 3 minutes to register and this class can be the perfect addition to your Saturday schedule to keep you healthy and active 😁 So sign up and share with friends !!

Also a huge thank you to up and coming artist (Instagram handle: @urappuchithii) for creating this graphic!

Google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYAdULkIKnfpHEEaMQDaqrc2koXBwkK9knKVKgCQ1pThnd2g/viewform

On behalf of the MWC, we would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! May 2021 bring everyone well wishes, happine...
01/01/2021

On behalf of the MWC, we would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! May 2021 bring everyone well wishes, happiness, new opportunities and good health! Cheers 😁

On behalf of the MWC, we would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! May 2021 bring everyone well wishes, happiness, new opportunities and good health! Cheers 😁

Hello! This is just a reminder that sign-up for free yoga lessons is still open! With a variety of time slots to choose ...
12/31/2020

Hello! This is just a reminder that sign-up for free yoga lessons is still open! With a variety of time slots to choose from, feel free to select whichever works best for you. Lessons are for the entire month of January and start on January 5th. Any questions? Feel free to send us a message! Please share this post, or send the link to family and friends who would like to participate. Thank you!
https://forms.gle/g1Md1ULA1a1mWvX46

Hello! This is just a reminder that sign-up for free yoga lessons is still open! With a variety of time slots to choose from, feel free to select whichever works best for you. Lessons are for the entire month of January and start on January 5th. Any questions? Feel free to send us a message! Please share this post, or send the link to family and friends who would like to participate. Thank you!
https://forms.gle/g1Md1ULA1a1mWvX46

12/02/2020
Free Virtual Yoga Lessons

Hello, we hope this message finds you well! MWC has some exciting news which we hope will bring you some excitement in the new year. Given that it's been a little over a year now since the MWC's grand opening, we would like to thank you for your support. To celebrate we will be hosting FREE virtual yoga classes in January 2021 and all are welcome. To sign up simply click on the google form link attached below and you're good to go! But of course, we would love to share this opportunity with everyone, so if you could like this post and share we would greatly appreciate it! Thank you for your continued support 😃
https://forms.gle/NggYmrF5BSExzP64A

Feeling stressed and tense? Our Feldenkrais Practitioner, Jillian Beacon will be offering free online group sessions thi...
09/24/2020

Feeling stressed and tense? Our Feldenkrais Practitioner, Jillian Beacon will be offering free online group sessions this Fall! Come join us every Friday to catch up and do some Awareness through Movement! Email Jillian at [email protected] to get the link/password.

Musicians’ Wellness Centre Drop-In Group

When: 1:00 pm-2:15 pm EST, Fridays (Starts September 18, 2020)
Where: Online, Zoom
Hosted by: Jillian Beacon, pianist and Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner
What: This is a drop-in group designed to offer a community of support for musicians’ wellness at the University of Ottawa and the greater community. Covid-19 has brought about a heightened anxiety, uncertainty for the future, and lack of social connection. Musicians and students are facing particular stressors related to their studies and careers which may further exacerbate these issues. Each week the group will have a chance to catch up with one another and share experiences and resources for managing personal wellness. We will also do a weekly Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement session to help reduce anxiety and find a sense of centre, calm, and resiliency in our minds and bodies.
Cost: Free
How to access: Email Jillian at [email protected] to receive the link and password for the group.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Musicians' Wellness Centre is hosting a special Free Stretch Band Yoga class via Zoom with Michael Fahey, Yoga Instr...
06/26/2020

The Musicians' Wellness Centre is hosting a special Free Stretch Band Yoga class via Zoom with Michael Fahey, Yoga Instructor! Michael is one of the MWC's incredible teachers, with 30 years of experience teaching yoga, and he has very generously offered to share his skills with us in this one hour class! To join, RSVP to [email protected] by June 27th. Looking forward to seeing you there!

How are you coping in these uncertain times?Here's a coping calendar with daily tasks that can help you!
04/30/2020

How are you coping in these uncertain times?
Here's a coping calendar with daily tasks that can help you!

'Thoughts for musicians #7Emotional swingsAs musicians our hearts are often on our sleeves, fully on display to the publ...
04/17/2020

'Thoughts for musicians #7
Emotional swings

As musicians our hearts are often on our sleeves, fully on display to the public when we perform. Even the most introverted of us can show deep emotion in our art, though we may be quiet or shy people when off stage.

After a great performance we can experience a high of joy mixed with adrenaline. After that high a low often follows, sometimes similar to the low after a less than optimal performance.

This is often the life of an artist, up and down. I think that these depths of emotion can enrich our art, I know they did for me.

In this time of pandemic, many us are in one of those lows at least some of the time. We grieve our lost performances, juries, and graduation ceremonies, as well as the missed camaraderie of our colleagues and mentors.

A quote by the great Count Basie had a huge impact on me and I want to share it as it relates to a time like this; "You must learn to deal with the valleys in life because the hills take care of themselves." ( paraphrased ) Basie apparently said this to his young protégé Quincy Jones when Jones asked him how he dealt with the horrible realities of segregation during one of Basie's band's tours in the American South.

Sage advice. We are in a valley now. We will climb out of it but we do not know when that will happen at this point, which can add to our stress and sense of loss.

Know that this will end some day and try to climb that hill slowly, one day at a time. You may be physically alone, but your colleagues are climbing it with you.' - Carolyn Christie

#musicianinquarantine #music #musicstudent #emotionalswing

'Thoughts for Musicians: JoyI am borrowing from my niece Dr. Sommer Christie's recent post.Terry Orlick, a pivotal figur...
04/16/2020

'Thoughts for Musicians: Joy

I am borrowing from my niece Dr. Sommer Christie's recent post.

Terry Orlick, a pivotal figure in Canadian sports psychology, spoke of the importance of "calling highlights" in daily life.

The idea is to identify even the tiniest events in your daily life that give you happiness. For example, while on the phone with my husband a few minutes ago, which is a joy in itself, I saw a robin in the park across the street, the first one I have seen this spring. A small thing, but it made me happy, therefore a highlight.

The young person casually walking with his dad and little sister around my neighbourhood in one of those 8 foot inflatable dinosaur costumes yesterday was a delightful highlight.

My friend Reisa just sent me a photo of the "Seder in a Box" she just received on her doorstep. Wonderful on so many levels - good heavens the name alone is brilliant and the concept of sharing joy behind the initiative is heart warming.

The idea is to recognize the things in your daily life that are positive. By counting them consciously, sometimes bad times can seem a little bit brighter. Sharing your highlights, like the photo my friend sent me, can add to your own joy.

How many highlights can you call during your day?' -Carolyn Christie

#mwc #quarantine #joy #musician #music student

'Thoughts for musicians: InspirationMany of my colleagues, clients, and students have told me they seem to have no inspi...
04/15/2020

'Thoughts for musicians: Inspiration

Many of my colleagues, clients, and students have told me they seem to have no inspiration to practice these days. I want to recommend a short series I just watched on Netflix, "The English Game", a chronicle of the infancy of soccer. Watch to end end to witness an astonishing story of pure love for the art of playing soccer, so translatable to performing artists.
Look for ways that you could channel the love you have for your art into action. Start small, but put that instrument to your lips, bow to the string, hands on your mallets, keys or harp strings even just for 5 minutes.

Try to play simply for the joy of it until you feel like practicing again.' - Carolyn Christie

#musician #musicstudent #inspiration #covid19

Thoughts for musicians: Concentration/goal-settingMany musicians have told me that they are unable to concentrate these ...
04/14/2020

Thoughts for musicians: Concentration/goal-setting

Many musicians have told me that they are unable to concentrate these days when they try to practice. Once agin, these issues and potential solutions for them are highly individual, but here are a couple of things to try:

1) Set shorter practice time goals. Do you think you can focus for 5 minutes? Try that, then add another 5 minutes, etc..
Think small for a while. It can be overwhelming to think, "I have to practice for 4 hours" but manageable to think, "I can do 5 minutes."

2) Set tighter practice goals for these shorter periods. Try to focus on only one defined element at a time ( i.e.: only rhythm, only intonation etc.. )

3) Try keeping a log of your practicing, either in detail or very general ( whatever works best for you ). Attempt to increase your practice day just a little bit either daily or weekly.

4) Take practicing one day at a time. It sounds trite but it is so true, especially these days. Had a bad day yesterday? Try again today.

5) What time of day do you do your best work? Is it possible to plan to practice for 5 minutes then, to get back into the game.

Once again, think about what inspires you to play your instrument.
-What was the last concert you attended that made you run to the practice room, happy to practice? Can you find either the pieces or the performers online and listen to them?
-does a walk or run outside help you to be inspired?

Is it hard to see playing music as important these days, as first responders and essential service people risk their lives on the front lines?
My guess is that it is artists who keep these amazingly brave people sane when the world is upside down. Be proud of what you do because it is also an essential service.' - Carolyn Christie

#ottawamusician #musicstudent #mwc #covid19 #quarantine #concentration

'Thoughts for arts administrators (and performers too): MotivationIt is the arts administrators who do all the painstaki...
04/13/2020

'Thoughts for arts administrators (and performers too): Motivation

It is the arts administrators who do all the painstaking work behind the scenes so we performers can do what we love - perform.
Administrators, like performers, have had their concerts cancelled and are working in isolation at home. Just as tough for an administrator as for a performer.
Maybe it is hard for you to get into your work these days. With concerts cancelled in the near future, the short term time pressure is different and the future somewhat murky.
In my post directed at music students I did not include the role of inspiration in motivation.
What originally inspired you to get into arts admin? Was it the joy of seeing your hard work realized on stage? Was it the pleasure of a job well done? Paying the rent? ( same for performers on occasion, nothing judgemental here! ).
What could motivate you now? ( see my other post )
When I was performing I would draw inspiration from the importance of doing a good job for my colleagues, serving the composer's vision, things like that. When motivation was very low, I would listen to music to become inspired; kd lang, Maria Callas, and Dolly Parton were the most uplifting for me, although a Pahud or Baxtresser recording was also fabulous.
Think outside the box here. Watching my former OSM admin colleague dance online ( you know who you are! ) is a great example of this.
Above all, be kind to yourself these days as you adjust to life as we never expected it to be. And, thanks so much for all you do for us performers.' - Carolyn Christie

#admin #arts #musician #ottawa #covid19

'Thoughts for music students: MotivationMost of my students have told me that their usually high levels of motivation to...
04/11/2020

'Thoughts for music students: Motivation
Most of my students have told me that their usually high levels of motivation to practice have disappeared. Students who normally enjoy practicing and stick to lofty practice goals just don't feel it right now.
Motivation is a very individual thing but here are a few ideas that you may find helpful.
Above all, remind yourself that we are not in normal times right now. Probably your recital or jury was postponed to the fall or cancelled outright, or maybe that summer event you worked so hard to get into has been cancelled. Without a clear upcoming performance, it can be pretty hard for many people to get focused and enjoy practising.
At best, try to remember what you used to find fun about practicing. What gave you pure joy when you played? Is there a new piece that you have been dying to get your hands on? With our goal events gone, what sort of repertoire would you simply enjoy working on? Try that.
No luck with that? Think about how much better we sound when we are in shape. The better we sound, the more fun practicing is. Start small; 5 minutes of practice then a break. Does that work? Add another 5 etc.. Be kind to yourself, these are not normal times.
No luck with that? How about a self-bribe? Practice well for 5 minutes then do something else you enjoy. Make cookies, walk outside, Zoom a friend - whatever. The key is to start small and increase the practice time a little.
A big issue may be that you are finding it hard to concentrate. More on that later this week. Remember - start small!' - Carolyn Christie

#covid19 #quarantine #musician

'Thoughts for music students:Almost all of the students I have ever had in my studio have seemed driven to levels of ver...
04/10/2020

'Thoughts for music students:
Almost all of the students I have ever had in my studio have seemed driven to levels of very high productivity, as I am myself. I think that we have to learn to let this go now, for the entire time of the self-isolation for sure. These are not normal times and even if we are lucky enough to have income and housing security, the stress of the unknown ( the length of time we will have to be isolated ) is enormous. As musicians, we are highly social creatures in that we all work in a group, except for some solo instruments like piano and organ. Do not undervalue the toll it takes on you to be isolated musically as a result of this mess. Keep reaching out and connecting online with your colleagues and keep an eye out for that one person who may be struggling. This teamwork you are investing in now with your peers is something you will look back at with great pride in the future. It is an essential service in itself as well as empowering for the individual.' - Carolyn Christie

#musician #covid19 #quarantine

Hello everyone!We hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. As we are currently in unprecedented times, we...
04/09/2020

Hello everyone!
We hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.

As we are currently in unprecedented times, we realize that it may be a difficult time for many people.

In the following days, we will be sharing some tips from our Mental Skills Coach, Carolyn Christie, to help musicians and performers during these times of social isolation.

Stay healthy!

#covid19

03/09/2020
Mindful in May

Venez à notre session gratuite de pleine conscience demain: de 11h à midi, PRZ 208

Come to our free mindfulness session tomorrow: 11AM to noon, PRZ 208

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In mindfulness meditation you’re training your mind to focus. Meditation isn’t about stopping your thoughts — that’s a myth. It’s about bringing your attention back every time your mind wanders off. Every time you bring your mind back to your focus, it’s like a mental dumbell lift for your mind.

In that process of bringing your mind back — to your breath, or to a sensation in your body, for example — you’re creating new neural pathways towards greater presence and greater focus, and in that: a greater capacity to be calm and aware and respond with wisdom. This is what meditation is about. ~ Dr Elise Bialylew

Join us for #mindfulinmay and get the knowledge and support you need to develop a meditation practice that will bring calmness, clarity and focus into your life.

Only THREE DAYS LEFT to sign up. REGISTER NOW or learn more at http://ow.ly/MJtn30aJO3e

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