I’ve had the dream of creating a musicians’ wellness promotion and injury management program—a holistic therapeutic resource center of sorts—for several years now. I’ve long envisioned creating an atmosphere where it is not only okay, but more importantly encouraged, to openly talk about injury management and prevention as it relates to music performance. A program that strives to find the best ergonomic “fit” between the performer and their instrument…and an environment where musicians get the individualized attention and care they need and deserve. Resonance Wellness is the manifestation of this dream.
So…why “resonance”? Strictly speaking, resonance refers to the quality in a sound of being deep, full, and reverberating or the reinforcement or prolongation of sound by reflection from a surface or by the synchronous vibration of a neighboring object*. On a metaphorical level, I think resonance symbolizes the epitome of a synergistic relationship between the performer and their instrument. When there is resonance between the musician and their instrument—unhindered by unnecessary stress, tension, or pain—there is a certain ease of playing that allows the player’s spirit and passion to really shine through. This harmony between musician and instrument—working in synchrony—in turn yields resonance in playing.
There’s something powerful, something truly moving and deeply stirring about resonance of sound and the beauty of music. At Resonance Wellness, I hope to provide a meaningful resource for musicians and educators alike to keep the creation of that music as harmonious as possible.
*The Oxford Dictionary
Allison Shearer, mot, otr/l, cht
Allison is a flutist, occupational therapist/certified hand therapist, and founder of Resonance Wellness. When she's not treating--or playing--you can usually find Allison out for a run, sitting by the river with her dog, Lacey, or curled up with a cup of tea, a good book, and her cat, Willow.