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Newsletter Number 4 - May 1999



1999 Annual General Meeting Minutes
Elke Dunlop and the Feldenkrais Method
Arts Access column
Preview and Book Review - Elizabeth Andrews lecture

NZSO Health & Safety Library
How to Advertise in this Newsletter
Database of members
Contact AMANZ



Elke Dunlop and The Feldenkrais Method

"Nothing is permanent about our behaviour patterns except our belief that they are so." (Moshe Feldenkrais)

About the Feldenkrais Method:
Moshe Feldenkrais, a nuclear physicist and black belt in judo, spent nearly 40 years researching the mind/body/environment integration. Using movement as his tool he developed a step-by-step process involving hundreds of lessons designed to improve our awareness and self-image. This method is a unique form of sensory motor learning. It is based on the idea that learning comes from within and is not simply a process of imitating what others do. Its success lies in the ability to access the nervous system to organise movement with less stress on the body.

About Elke:
Elke Dunlop M.N.Z.F.G; Dip. I.Y.T.A., has been involved in movement education for many years and gives workshops throughout New Zealand. She has been involved in Yoga Teacher training programmes and for some years worked in back and sports rehabilitation, biofeedback and other relaxation techniques. She currently lives in Wellington and runs several Awareness Through Movement classes, some of which are combined with Yoga. Her special interests lie in helping to rehabilitate people with back, OOS and postural difficulties, both in group work and in private lessons. Elke comments:
"What fascinates me about the work is its playful approach, which can help anyone to learn to function in a more fluid, less resistant manner."

Elke runs Awareness Through Movement lessons at the Buddhist Centre, 64 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington. These are group lessons which use gentle, exploratory movement sequences specifically designed to give each person more understanding of themselves. The next block of 9-weeks lessons begins April 26th, with the class schedule as follows:
Monday 26th April 6pm-7.15pm
Monday 26th April 7.45-9pm
Tuesday 27th April 9.30am-10.45am
Tuesday 27th April 6pm-7.15pm
Tuesday 27th April (back & OOS) 7.45pm-8.45pm
Thursday 29th April 9.30am-10.45am
Thursday 29th April 6pm-7.15pm

Students choose which time is most convenient for them. The 9-week course is $90.

Functional Integration lessons are also available. These are individual lessons and are available by appointment at: Suite 308, Harbour City Tower, 29 Brandon Street, Wellington. This is a more intensive aspect of the work in which the practitioner communicates opportunity for change in another person's body organisation through gentle and specific guided movements.

Any inquiries regarding Elke and her work should be directed to:
Elke Dunlop
PO Box 28 089
ph. 934 9005; mobile: 021 655 992

Feldenkrais Winter School
Experience the cumulative effect of a week of movement exploration!


5TH-9TH JULY 1999
MORNING GROUP 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
"The body reflects the attitude of the mind. Improve the function of the body and you must improve the state of the mind." - Moshe Feldenkrais

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Members Database

We will be sending out a database sheet of members' contact details with our next newsletter.

Please send any corrections or objections to us by the end of March.

We are pleased to offer this means of promoting our members' skills and services.

Subscription renewals were also due by the end of March. Complete the membership form clearly and tick the Renewals box. Don't forget to include a cheque and fill out details as you wish them to appear on the database sheet.

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(This will be a regular feature of Arts Medicine Aotearoa/NZ newsletters from now on.)

Recent examples of activities include:

  • The employment of Aidan McLean as Arts Access Aotearoa's International Year of Older Persons (IYOP) Co-ordinator. IYOP initiatives with an arts focus are being encouraged by Aidan, who is working with rest homes and agencies providing services to older adults. Artists in residences programmes, oral history projects with local schools, dance and music projects involving local artists are being developed. One idea which has come to fruition involves musicians touring rest homes, there will be more on this "Ambassadors of Music" project in the next column.
  • Support for the establishment of a "Creative Space in the Manawatu. "Verve" Art Studio is now open for people using local mental health services. The studio is already producing some works for sale and is keen to develop relationships with the regions artists, galleries and exhibition spaces.
  • The setting up of an art exhibition in Wellington's Mayoral Chambers to support a "Celebration of Disability" day, in which the council and residents with disabilities were able to discuss issues of concern. The artworks in the display came from IHC Jessie Street Artbase and Pablos Art Studio and Gallery.
  • Facilitating a workshop for Kapiti Coast youth to enable them to identify existing community art options, identify gaps in arts provision and develop an action plan to work towards the setting up of a youth art space. The Kapiti Coast District Council and local artists are supportive of the youth and talks are progressing over a suitable venue to accommodate visual, music and performing arts.
  • The development of a publication highlighting positive arts initiatives for people with disabilities. A creative writing project for women with disabilities in Porirua and Karen Calder, a sculptor from Christchurch are among those profiled. This publication will be available late June 1999 and is part of a series of publications produced by the Trust. Other titles in the series are "Arts Solutions For Social Problems", "Creative Spaces" and "The Arts and Health Partnership".

For further information on Arts Access Aotearoa:
PO Box 9828, Wellington, telephone 04-384-1113, fax 04-384-1119 or e-mail

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For details about the ELIZABETH ANDREWS Lecture follow this link

Hospital Audiences, Inc
Hospital Audiences, Inc (mentioned in our last newsletter) is a very vibrant New York based organisation which among its activities includes approximately 2500 live performances each year in health and human service facilities. A Joint Adventure Downunder with The Foundation for Hospital Art & The Friendship Force. June 23, Wed. Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand, Tour Auckland, spend night in hotel.
June 24, Thurs. Depart via train for Wellington to meet host families.
June 25, Fri. Tour Wellington area
June 26, Sat. Tour Wellington area
June 27, Sun. PaintFest in hospital 1 to 5pm
June 28, Mon. Tour Wellington area
June 29, Tues. Tour Wellington area

You can contact HAI at 220 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036, (212) 575 7676, Fax (212) 575 7669, TTY (212) 575 7673 or

The New Zealand Association of Teachers of Singing (NEWZATS) Wellington Branch hosted an evening for Arts Medicine Aotearoa/NZ at which Alison Bagnall - Speech Pathologist, Voice Specialist, Certified Voicecraft Practitioner, Feldenkrais Practitioner and Churchill Fellow - was guest speaker, on April 26th. Details of the evening, held at the St. Johns Centre, Karori, were given in the last newsletter and in the following newsletter (August) we will have a review of this exciting seminar.

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The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra health & safety library has a wide range of books, articles and videos on health issues affecting musicians. A sample is listed below. These resources may only be borrowed by NZSO employees, but they are listed here to make people aware of their existence. Further information about them can be obtained by contacting the NZSO Health & Safety Committee: PO Box 6640 Wellington tel: 04-385 1735 fax: 04-384 2824 e-mail:

The Athletic Musician, Physiotherapy for musicians, B Paull & C Harrison Covers: anatomy for musicians; ergonomics of playing, including posture, chairs, stands, cases; exercise, warm-ups/downs; surviving rehearsals and concerts; work environment.

The Musician's Hand, A clinical Guide - I Winspur, C Parry, c 1998 Most up to date. Covers all manner of conditions of the hand and their treatments. Numerous graphic photos of hands before and after operations(!) Text is technical, yet very thorough.

Musicians and the Prevention of Hearing Loss, Marshall Chasin, c 1996 Covers: factors affecting hearing loss; acoustic principles; physics of musical instruments; hearing protection; room acoustics; clinical and environmental strategies.

Health and the Musician, from International Conference held in York, England, March 1997 A complete collection of papers presented at the Conference, contained in the huge red folder. Topics: musculoskeletal problems; psychology, stage fright and performance anxiety; lifestyles and sociology; helping the musician: clinics world wide; dystonia symposium; upper limb pain symposium; ENT, ophthalmic and dental problems.

Healthy Practice for Musicians, Elizabeth Andrews, 1998. An ex-London freelancer writing about a big range of stress factors for musicians. Very easy to read. Covers: eyes and ears; stress; stage fright; surviving on tour(!); posture; mid-concert self-help; how the limbs work; injury reversal.

The Musician's Survival Manual, a guide to preventing and treating injuries in instrumentalists - R Norris c 1993. A very accessibly written description of numerous overuse injuries experienced by musicians. Also contains photos and diagrams. Covers: overuse injuries; problems in neck region; thoracic outlet syndrome; back and seating problems; cubital tunnel syndrome; carpal tunnel syndrome; De Quervain's disease; "Lazy Finger" syndrome.

Video : Therapeutic Exercises for Musicians, based on R Norris. 57 min video of warm-ups and stretches for musicians, narrated and demonstrated by Richard Norris. List of RSI/OOS-related web sites Musicians and Keyboard Clinic (London) Article on RSI. No diagrams but useful general advice. The appendix Reducing hand-use and avoiding pain is good, practical, helpful suggestions for day to day living, e.g. in kitchen, in bathroom, clothing and lifting.

The Anatomy Book for Musicians: A Guide to understanding Performance related Muscle Pain Weiss, S.L., Muscle Dynamics, Illinois, USA, 1996. A clear and concise guide to the various muscles of the body involved in playing musical instruments. Each muscle gets its own diagram, together with a description of its action, relevant musical instruments, symptoms of overuse or trigger points, causes and self-help tips.

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AMANZ has received a letter from Ken Cooke, the director of a Masters Degree in Arts Administration course at the Whitecliffe College of Art and Design and also the co-ordinator of Toi Ora Live Art, a charitable trust art school run for consumers of mental health services. He is organising a conference about art and health to be held at the college on Saturday 22nd May 1999, with the aims of: * creating a forum to debate key art/health issues * helping to build the art/health community * finding common goals for workers from disparate art/health sectors * introducing Whitecliffe as an interested party to members of the art/health movement Ken Cooke would like to contact members of AMANZ interested to be involved in the conference; unfortunately we did not receive any contact details for Ken, so if anyone can help us out, we'd be much appreciative!

Correspondence has also been received from Mary-Anne T Reid, a Massage Therapist at the Central City Massage Clinic, Wellington. She says: "It has recently been pointed out to me that the Performing Arts arena does not have, that I am aware of, a Massage Therapist dedicated to their specialty. I would like to offer my skills and services as a qualified Massage Therapist to this exciting and often exacting area." Mary-Anne can be reached at the Central City Massage Clinic by phoning 499 9798, or mobile 025 242 7594. Clinic hours are 8am - 7.30pm Monday to Thursday; Friday 8am - 6pm. Weekend by appointment.

Jeremy Segal in Illinois, USA, writes:
I am a pulmonary physician researcher interested in finding out more about how lung function and disease affects musicians - especially brass/wind instrumentalists and singers. Do you know if there are any books or articles that may help. Also, can you help me contact experts in the field. Sincerely, Jeremy Segal, MBBCh, 109 North Kenilworth, Oakpark, IL 60301, USA, Tel; 708 358-1305

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