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What is Body Mapping?

Alexander Technique teacher Barbara Conable spent many years working with musicians in pain. What she noticed through this work was that almost all of their discomforts came from a lack of understanding of how to use their bodies. She realized that if we know how our bodies are actually constructed, we can move with ease, allowing our muscles to function in the way they were designed. She devised the term Body Mapping to describe this idea.

Body Mapping is based on the premise that we each have a subconscious map in our minds that guides our movement. When that map is incorrect, our movements reflect that inaccuracy. When we learn through the study of our own anatomy, and we learn to develop awareness of movement or lack of movement using our kinesthetic sense, we can uncover ease and freedom in all of our activities.

The Andover Educators is “a not for profit organization of music educators committed to saving, securing, and enhancing musical careers by providing accurate information about the body in movement.” We are trained to teach Body Mapping and to train others.

As a licensed Andover Educator, Jill Dreeben offers to:

  • Teach the course “What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body”
  • Present professional development workshops for musicians and music educators
  • Work with bands, orchestras, choruses or teaching studios on a group level
  • Work one on one with individual musicians
  • Upcoming Body Mapping Workshops

    Body Mapping: Changing How You Move and Feel with Jill Dreeben

    Come learn how to move with ease!
    This course is offered by Arlington Community Education.
    Class begins on April 9, 2014 7-9 pm and will go for five consecutive Wednesdays.

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    Testimonial

    "I have worked with Jill over the last year and am completely impressed with the body mapping concept and with Jill's ability to teach it. I am a violinist, and have found a great deal of freedom in my playing that I didn't have before. Jill has an amazing ability to observe my playing and analyze what is going on. She has gotten immediate results for me right during the lessons. I have already recommended her to many of my string playing friends and I recommend her to anyone who wants to not have to work so hard to do their jobs, whatever they may be."

    ~ Beth Welty


    2014-03-18T13:21:42+00:00
    "I have worked with Jill over the last year and am completely impressed with the body mapping concept and with Jill's ability to teach it. I am a violinist, and have found a great deal of freedom in my playing that I didn't have before. Jill has an amazing ability to observe my playing and analyze what is going on. She has gotten immediate results for me right during the lessons. I have already recommended her to many of my string playing friends and I recommend her to anyone who wants to not have to work so hard to do their jobs, whatever they may be." ~ Beth Welty