by Erin Finkelstein, GCFP I was diagnosed with Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder while studying the clarinet during my sophomore year at the University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music. I felt radiating pain whenever I played my instrument and feared that my future as a musician would be compromised. Wind instrumentalists, violinists, violists, and singers produce sound or hold their instrument by using their jaw and face. TMJ disorder is a common injury for musicians and can be debilitating for professionals.
Ira Feinstein: When you first heard about “Feldenkrais,” was it the man or the method? Janet Loops: Actually, it was both. My husband, Lester Loops, and I had gone to a party at Marty Weiner's house (Marty was also in the San Francisco training. He passed away in 2011.) Josef DellaGrotte was there and he told us about Moshe and a workshop he was teaching in Berkeley that we might be interested in observing. So, my husband and I went to Berkeley and sat in the back and watched him teach an ATM® lesson to a group of people. IF: You didn't participate in the lesson? JL: No, he wouldn't let us. There were a number of us there just observing.
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