Posts Tagged ‘Relaxation’

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

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

 

Hypnosis Unit UK CPD Introductory Course

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Performing Arts Medicine practitioners, are you interested in the possible applications of hypnosis in your own profession?

Hypnosis Unit UK provide an Introductory Course in Applied Hypnosis. The next course takes place on Saturday 28th April 2012, at UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences.

Further information (pdf)

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.