24 May 1999
ELIZABETH ANDREWS (UK) BSc Hons, DC MMCA, LGSM, FRSA will be lecturing on HEALTHY PRACTICE for MUSICIANS on Monday 24 May, 7:30 p.m. in the Adam Concert Room, Victoria University of Wellington
She will discuss:
"Her advice is first-rate and comes from great, first-hand experience and much study and an all-encompassing mind." (Yehudi Menuhin)
Elizabeth Andrews (BSc Hons, DC MMCA, LGSM, FRSA) is a specialist chiropractor for musicians.
Her two careers have given her enormous insight into the needs of practising musicians, particularly their physical stresses and strains, and she is a firm believer in self-help and prevention.
As Elizabeth Polunin she began late on both piano and violin, she changed to viola at 17 and for five years was the only pupil of Peter Schidlof of the Amadeus Quartet. This led her to an ensemble with Jacqueline du PrT and Peter Thomas under William Pleeth. She then beame principal for Ballet Rambert and the Capriole Orchestra, and subsequently was offered the same position with Znrcher Kammerorkest. She played for Nederlands Kamerorkest for two years and in 1969 won the British Council Post-graduate one-year instrumental scholarship to the Moscow Conservatorium,where she studied with the violist of the Beethoven Quartet.
On her return she freelanced with most London chamber orchestras and West End shows, she taught violin and viola at various public schools and joined the resident quartet for Waltham Forest. She was a member of the London Bach Orchestra for 18 years.
Elizabeth Andrews has studied remedial and sports massage, reflexology, cranial osteopathy and Vega homeopathy, but her main interests lie with applied kinesiology and various types of chiropractic. She was invitied to be trackside therapist for the Nottingham six-day ultra marathon, after which she published Muscle management (Thorson/Harper Collins), and she has taken part in several exchange visits to Moscow, Kiev and St Petersburg to demonstrate applied kinesiology and chiropractic.
She has a BSc in chiropractic and psychology and was Chair of both the Post-graduate Continuing Development Committee and the McTimoney Chiropractic Association.
She has lectured extensively on chiropractic and applied kinesiology - ILEA, McTimoney Chiropractic College, trainee GPs at Hammersmith Hospital, London and various health hydros; on musicians' injuries, self-help and prevention at Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, Royal Society of Musicians, Incorporated Society of Musicians, Yehudi Menuhin School, Purcell School, Royal College of Music, European String Teachers' Association Summer School.
She has written articles for Journal of Alternative and Contemporary Medicine and with Anthea Courtenay is currently co-authoring 'The Essentials of McTimoney Chiropractic' for Harper Collins. She also currently writes a column on Self-Help for Musicians for Classical Music Magazine.
In her free time she enjoys gardening, walking and painting.
Ms Andrews' book HEALTHY PRACTICE FOR MUSICIANS, Rhinegold Publishing Limited
Reviews of "Healthy Practice for Musicians" by Elizabeth Andrews (BSc Hons, DC MMCA, LGSM, FRSA)
"This book will remain without doubt the reference book not
only for musicians but for people in general who have aches
and pains which may be tolerable or do not impede their daily
life but become intolerable when perfection and absolute
balance of mind and body, of limb, of ear and eye are
indispensable. I would give this book my full and heartfelt
endorsement as one of the most important gifts for all our
"The various sections are well laid out, highlighting every
imaginable problem and practical ways of dealing with them.
-- All in all this is a riveting book and has encouraged me to
begin Bates eye exercises!"
"The chapter on food and diet is a masterly decanting of
medical attitudes to nutrition. -- The two chapters on coping
with emotions make indispensable reading for musicians
with their clear advice on communication and relaxation. --
The information on the physical 'nitty-gritty' is remarkable.
-- It provides an excellent background for a specific text on
piano playing. -- All in all, an excellently written book with
clear, succinct sentences and a constant preoccupation with
applied scientific method."
"Elizabeth Andrews receommends that students learn about
themselves using the basics of anatomy, physiology,
ergonomics, nutrition, personal and group social skills so as
to, ' . . . prolong and glory in musical life.' She has handled
all of these in her book with knowledge, common sense and
"Her advice is first-rate and comes from great, first-hand
experience and much study and an all-encompassing mind."
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