Hi everybody! I hope you're all having a great summer break so far. This month's post will be focused around ways to relieve and prevent pain and injury during intensive summer festivals. My most recent instagram post (@playingwithoutpain) featured some TSA-friendly items you can pack in your suitcase on your way to summer festivals that are good tools to help reduce and relieve pain before and after long rehearsals, but I wanted to ask you all a bit about your experiences with pain during summer festivals as well.
Let me know in the comments below what types of summer festivals you typically attend or plan to attend (orchestral, instrument-specific workshops, masterclasses, instrument-specific intensives, etc.), whether your pain (if you experience any) tends to worsen or improve during these summer festivals, and any tips or tricks you would like to share to prevent and relieve pain that are manageable and simple enough to incorporate into your daily festival routine. Summer festivals are a great way to maintain your "chops" in between periods of rest and meet/play with new people, but they can sometimes take a great toll on your body. If you are currently treating an injury or hoping to prevent a future injury this summer, check out my latest posts on social media for some quick tips and tricks that have helped me a great deal.
I'm looking forward to hearing about your experiences in the comments!