Posts Tagged ‘Autogenic Training’

Workshop: An Introduction to Autogenic Mindful Relaxation for Performing Artists

Friday, March 11th, 2016

On Saturday 7 May, Giovanna Reitano will hold a workshop suitable for all performers who are interested in learning mind-body relaxation skills.

Date: Saturday 7 May 2016, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Venue: St Michael & All Angels, Bath Road, London, W4 1TT

Fee: £35

Info: This workshop gives an insight on Autogenic Training, and on how autogenic practice can be used for self-awareness and exploration, and as a tool to reduce performance-related distress or symptoms. The workshop is designed for performers who are interested in learning mind-body relaxation skills for self-development, and to enhance their performance.

Workshop Leader: Giovanna Reitano, Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Autogenic Trainer with background in Music Performance and Applied Theatre. Giovanna’s work with performers focuses on the use of relaxation techniques to prevent and reduce performance-related stress.

Booking: Please note that the booking deadline is 18th March. For more information and for bookings, please email Giovanna, who is organising this event as an independent practitioner – autogenic-training@musarteandmore.com

Research: Feeling Nervous in Performance

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Are you a performer? Have you experienced performance anxiety?

Has a particular approach helped you? Would you like to share this experience in an informal 90-minute focus group session and be part of the research into a new article on what feeling nervous entails and how this can be managed through various somatic-based methods?

Somatic means ‘of the body’ and examples of these techniques include Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique and Autogenic Training.

Researcher, Robert Vesty is a lecturer in Theatre Arts at Middlesex University. He is interested in meeting and talking to performers who have experienced performance anxiety and tried an approach to managing this. He is interested in a range of experience, however ‘mild’ or ‘acute’ the effects, and a range of approaches, especially somatic approaches such as the Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique, and Meditation but also other approaches such as CBT or psychotherapy.

Robert has a background in acting and dance, and continues to perform. He is currently training to be a Feldenkrais practitioner, and is also conducting wider research into what position fear, anxiety and nervousness play in some improvisatory performance practices.

If you are interested in participating you can contact Robert directly by emailing r.vesty@mdx.ac.uk.

You do not need to be have been a BAPAM client. The study offers a chance to find out more about a variety of interesting approaches to managing nervousness and performance anxiety, and enhancing performance practice. All group members will also be offered the chance to attend a free Feldenkrais (ATM) class at the Chisenhale Dance Space in east London. The focus-group session is provisionally scheduled for the first/second week of October and will take place at Middlesex University, Hendon campus.

Your participation is voluntary and confidential, unless you choose to be credited in the article which may be published in a special Feldenkrais focused edition of Theatre, Dance & Performance Training in 2015

Note: this research project is undertaken with Research Ethics Committee approval from Middlesex University.   

Autogenic Training Course with Giovanna Reitano

Monday, December 17th, 2012

This course is provided independently by Giovanna Reitano, an AT practitioner with a background in the performing arts (music, drama and storytelling), and a member of the British Autogenic Society and the BAPAM Directory of Performing Arts Medicine Practitioners.

To find out more and for bookings, please contact Giovanna directly at autogenic-training@musarteandmore.com.

Enhancing Performance with Autogenic Training

Autogenic Training (AT) is a simple relaxation technique and alternative therapy which helps to reduce stress and stress-related conditions, enhance performance, and general well-being.

The seven weeks AT sessions/course helps to:

Bring the body and mind into a state of awake relaxation at will, for example also before or after a performance.

Reduce stress symptoms such as anxiety, stage fright, panic attacks, muscular and emotional tension, headaches and migraines, tiredness, sleeplessness.

Improve focus, concentration and creativity.

Enhance performance and self-esteem.

Develop a calmer attitude to stressful situations.

Venue: The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), Totara Park House, 4th Floor, 34–36 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8HR.

Cost: A course of 7 weekly sessions costs £185.

BAPAM Newsletter April 2012

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Our April 2012 Newsletter is now available to download in pdf format here:

BAPAM Newsletter April 2012

 

BAPAM Training Day May 19 – Key Psychological Issues

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

BAPAM training events provide an in-depth look at some of the key areas of Performing Arts Medicine and unique insights into aspects of performers’ health and wellbeing. Our May 2012 event focuses on the psychological issues encountered by performing artists.

Performing artists work in a highly competitive industry and are driven to achieve perfect results. Stress and anxiety are often in the background when performers present with physical symptoms. In addition, the psychological impact of an injury affecting performance can be tough to deal with. All health care practitioners working with actors, dancers, musicians, singers and other artists will find something here to apply in their practice.

BAPAM training events may be used as part of your CPD portfolio.

The programme for the day covers:

  • Diagnosis
  • Depression/bipolar
  • Anxiety
  • Career choices and development
  • Performance coaching
  • Autogenic Training
  • Role play as a therapeutic tool
  • Screening tools for psychological problems

Click here for the detailed programme

The cost of the day is £65 (Students £35).

Venue: University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT – Closest tube: Warren Street. We will update with the exact room numbers/campus directions as soon as we have confirmation from UCL.

To book your place or for more information please email Office and Clinics Manager, Clare Hicks, via clare@bapam.org.uk

Autogenic Training Sessions with Giovanna Reitano

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Giovanna Reitano is starting a series of AT classes at BAPAM in London. She sent us the following information about the course, which is tailored specifically for actors, dancers, musicians, singers and all other performing artists:

Enhance your Performance with Autogenic Training

. Learn to Cope with Stress & Relax

. Relieve Muscular & Emotional Tensions

. Reduce Performance Anxiety

. Enhance Concentration & Self Confidence

. Feel Positive & Energized

Autogenic Training Sessions and Courses

The autogenic sessions aim to give artists, professionals and students, the skills for enhancing their performance using their artistic craft in the most effective way.  AT helps to prevent and reduce performance anxiety and stress-related discomforts. It also enhances mental clarity, concentration and self-confidence.

The course consists of learning and practicing the autogenic standard exercises which allow the release of physical and emotional tension. By stimulating the body’s self-regulatory system AT fosters a progressive muscular and mental relaxation and supports the healthy functioning of the body’s systems, such as the circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal and metabolic.

The autogenic practice allows you to bring your body into a state of ‘awake’ relaxation whenever and wherever needed.  In this way your body becomes more energized and you can use physical and mental energy in the most effective way.

By the end of the course you will have developed a calmer attitude when dealing with the negative effects of stress; learned to feel more in control and present – relaxed but awake; as well as focused and energised before, during and after a performance. Individual or small group sessions are available.

Please, read more on AT at www.musarteandmore.com

With: Giovanna Reitano

Date:  Individual sessions are by appointment.

Small groups sessions: Evenings (Monday-Thursday) 5:30-6:30 or 6:30-7:30

AT Courses start the first week of each month and include 6 sessions (on weekly basis).

The cost for the 6 week AT course is of £ 140 (£ 110 for students).

Venue: BAPAM

To book an Autogenic Training session or a 6 week course with Giovanna please contact Clare at Bapam: clare@bapam.org.uk

Tel. 020 7404 8444 (Monday-Friday 9 am – 5pm)

Autogenic Training – an Introduction for Performing Artists

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Autogenic Training (also called Autogenic Therapy) is a relaxation technique that can help improve stress management and increase wellbeing. Individuals learn the technique over a course of (usually 8 – 10) classes. It is a complementary therapy that is sometimes used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment for a variety of health problems, especially where stress is involved.

At our clinics, BAPAM doctors give medical advice to many performers with musculoskeletal injuries (temporarily) preventing their ability to pursue their careers/education. In addition to the physical problem, there is a psychological impact. Being injured is stressful! AT is one way of reducing the stress and tension which can exacerbate the effects of physical injury.

AT can be particularly useful for all forms of anxiety, including performance anxiety (stage fright), and panic attacks. The relaxed state induced by autogenic exercises restores regular heartbeats, normal breathing patterns, and increases concentration clarity and alertness. People report feeling more confident and energised.

Tammy Mindell, an Autogenic Therapist listed on BAPAM’s directory of practitioners, says, ‘a semi-professional singer learnt AT for other stress related issues. As an unexpected bonus, she found her singing greatly improved. She became less anxious about good performance, allowing herself to be good enough. The results meant that rather than over breathing and pushing the sound, I could relax and allow and enjoy a much easier and better quality performance’.

In some cases, advanced autogenic techniques may be used as a form of psychotherapy.

Useful links:

The British Autogenic Society is the professional and regulatory body for Autogenic Therapists in the UK. Their web site contains a wealth of further information about autogenic training.

Autogenic Therapists on the BAPAM Directory of Practitioners:

Tammy Mindel: www.autogenictraininglondon.co.uk
Giovanna Reitano: www.musarteandmore.com
Catalina Botello: www.autogenic-therapy.net

If you are worried about a medical problem, including anxiety or another psychological problem, you should consult your GP. If you are a performing artist and the problem is work-related you may also seek advice from a BAPAM GP at one of our free clinics.