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The Playing without Pain workshop is a one day presentation on the causes, prevention and management of musicians' injuries



Comments about the “Playing without Pain” workshop:

“Beautifully and clearly presented...I wish someone had reached me with your message when I was 20. I especially appreciate the exercises you demonstrated - I know they will make a difference to me”
Olga van Kranendonk,
Cellist, Tafelmusik

“This should be a mandatory course for all musicians, especially those involved in the teaching of our next generation of artists...Fabulous - Perhaps the most important information I've ever been given.”
B. Morrison, Pianist and Teacher

“...(Christine's) story is wonderfully inspirational...encouraging to see that there is real help now available to deal with these problems.”
Leslie Knowles, Violinist
Toronto Symphony Orchestra

“Full of information which was presented in a friendly and non-patronizing way...Thank you.”
Alys Hellewell, Violin Student,
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, U.K.

“A wonderful workshop - a huge amount of the material can be directly related to problems I see with my flute students on a daily basis.”
Margot Onodera, Flute Teacher/Performer
Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto

“Clear, interesting and professional presentation...Time flew by.”
W. M. Tavenier, Cellist,
Netherlands Ballet Orchestra

“..superbly done. Highly informative and very interesting...I would recommend this seminar for every musician...”
Sean Handcock, Clarinet Student,
University of Western Ontario

“...a practical workshop of inestimable value to students, teachers, and symphony musicians alike...preventative medicine at its best.”
Dr Robert Skelton, Professor of Violin,
University of Western Ontario

“I found the workshop fantastic - very clear.”
Brian Johnson, Freelance percussionist, Toronto

“What a terrific workshop you presented for us. We heard so many positive comments about it like - the “best ever!” Your approach was very clear, extremely well organized and informative for all.”
Muriel Bodley, Vice-President,
National String Orchestra Association, N.Y.

“Once again you have rewarded us with a most informative workshop that has stimulated our clinical enthusiasm.”
Sandra Bates, Physiotherapist,
Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Ontario

“One of the most informative and practical sessions I have over 30 years...As a non-musician, I had to attend a music clinic to learn how to sit at my desk/computer and alleviate my shoulder pain.”
Edward Eagan
NYSSMA Conference, Rochester, New York...

“ of the most valuable presentations we have ever had for our students...indispensable to anyone aspiring to play and teach a string instrument.”
Ralph Aldrich, Professor of Viola,
University of Western Ontario

“Thank you!! Medical school pays very little attention to occupational an amateur musician, I found the whole workshop very productive.”
Bronwen Gates, M.D.
(amateur flautist/violinist)

“Every orchestra and music school would benefit greatly from Barbara and Christine's workshop. This type of information should be offered as part of a musician's regular training. Thanks so much!”
Vern Griffiths, Principal Percussion,
Vancouver Symphony.

“Barbara was an inexhaustible fount of knowledge with a lovely, bizarre sense of humour. Christine is to be commended for her honesty and empathy and willingness to demonstrate helpful exercises.”
Richard Mingus, French Horn

A Letter from the Vancouver Symphony
March 2, 1999
To whom it may concern:

It is my sincere privilege to recommend the Stouffville Musicians' Clinic's “Playing without Pain” workshop. On February 3, 1999, Barbara Paull. M.C.S.P., M.C.P.A., and Christine Harrison, violinist, presented this full-day clinic to approximately 40 members of the Vancouver Symphony and administrative staff as well as several local physiotherapists. Christine's personal and moving account of her own injuries was a perfect introduction to Barbara's practical suggestions for injury prevention and therapy. Barbara and Christine's approach to the issue of injury, one which is highly emotional and sensitive for many musicians, left many who attended with a renewed sense of hope and inspiration. I have received nothing but thanks and positive feedback from the orchestra members who were in attendance. From an orchestra management perspective, I would greatly encourage other orchestras to utilize the wonderful resource of the Stouffville Musicians' Clinic. Musician's injuries affect the comfort and performance of the musician, as well as their psychological and emotional wellbeing. Management recognition and participation is the first step towards addressing an issue which has obvious implications on both the morale and artistic product of an orchestra.

With sincere thanks from the Vancouver Symphony,
Stephanie Mancktelow
Production Coordinator