As a synonym of intense use of the body, instrumental practice has many consequences in the musician's life. For this reason, optimising the body's capacity to the maximum is necessary; which is possible only by acquiring a right posture. Mentioned as a reference in a previous article about technique, Hara: The Vital Center Of Man, by the German psychotherapist Karlfried Graf Dürckheim, is a major help in building this posture.
Lise Enochsson: In my past three articles in this series on Instrumental Technique, we've covered breathing, posture, balance and symmetry. Starting with these three building blocks is essential before moving on to more instrument-specific exercises. And mind you, even if you choose to not do any other exercise (such as working on your back and shoulders - forthcoming), deepening your practise of free breathing and aligned posture together with being utterly familiar with your balance will benefit you greatly.