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Opinions about the book

"A wonderful book, very dynamic, easy to understand, which allows both the musician and the health professionals, to have a  closer look at this fascinating discipline that is music, and apart from internalizing the ergonomics of each instrument, raise  warm-up exercises, stretching and strengthening, touches on the topic of how to learn and study a melody, the states of demand of a musician, the level of stress they develop, for example when they connect with excessive competitiveness or over-practice These are points that many times we look at less, but that in essence are extremely relevant when it comes to conditioning a musician in a future injury. We are a whole and this book reaffirms my vision and clarifies many of my practices as a health professional. Very grateful to Tomás for this incredible material, and also to his collaborators for making the illustrations. "  

Francisca Bonilla Physiotherapist  -Chili

“Many musicians, when looking for a book that can help them to prevent injuries or improve their health, don't find information that addresses the specific problems they have with their musical instruments. They often complain that there is only general advice and much information about other instruments but not enough about their instrument. Musicians are right, as it is hard to find a book that addresses the problems related to a great number of instruments and that contains detailed and practical information about all of them. How to play without pain, “How to Play without Pain” (unfortunately the book is not translated in to English yet), addresses this problem very well and has one of the most extensive guides on postural issues for each instrument that one can find in the literature. In fact, chapters 2 and 3, those dedicated to posture improvement, are the core of the book. Hundreds of clear photos and more than 200 pages of explanations about incorrect and correct postural attitudes completely guide the reader. There are also practical tests that the musician can do by himor herself to identify the most common postural problems and advice to improve them. So, the stated purpose of this work, “the acquisition of good postural habits,” is clearly achieved in this book. ".


JAUME ROSSET-LLOBET, MD, PHD Institut de l'Art. Medicine & Physiology Terrassa (Barcelona), Spain

“Due to the large number of hours that musicians have to spend practicing with the instrument, our body can suffer significant injuries that force us to stop playing for a long period of time. That is why I would like to recommend a book that will help us prevent and solve these problems.  Thanks to all this, he also teaches the subject "Ergonomics and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries in musicians" at the Superior Conservatory, which I think is an essential training for every musician. All this work has crystallized in this book, which, in my opinion, is of great help to any musician who has in mind to dedicate himself body and soul to instrumental practice. The book is full of advice and actions aimed at avoiding, or where appropriate, minimizing the possible injuries that may occur, many of them due to bad postural habits ".

"Personally, I think it is essential that musicians have all this knowledge and that it be taught in conservatories because, as Tomás Martín says in his book," musicians are one of the groups with a greater probability of being injured during the exercise of their profession " , and therefore, it is in the hands of the musicians themselves to change this statement by carrying out healthy study sessions and transmitting to the students the importance of knowing our body when playing an instrument ”.


Núria Roig Dolzà

“With this complete manual you can learn to prevent these situations. This book is a guide in which there is no lack of detail. The language used and the hundreds of images and illustrations make it a very practical and easy-to-read book. In the words of the author himself, your body is your first instrument, and if you are determined to learn more about how to take care of it, without a doubt this guide will be essential for you ”.


Teresa González

“I have to say that it is a very complete book, very practical and tremendously necessary for all musicians. Very easy to visualize and understand. The people I have shown the book to have reacted with surprise and interest, as they had never imagined that a book like this could exist. Highly recommended for anyone who plays an instrument and wants to improve their postural hygiene and prevent possible musculoskeletal injuries. A must for all professional and semi-professional musicians who want to play pain-free for many years. Thanks Tomás! "


Haimar Arejita guitarist of the group "Gatibu"

" Every musician  I should have this great book "  


José Carlos Jurado Cobo- percussionist

"Essential manual for any instrumentalist (student or professional), where you can  find solutions to problems of muscular ailments or discomfort ".


David Lafuente-Violin Blog

"How to play without pain is a book written by a musician. Unlike other publications, it illustrates his explanations with photographs and not with drawings, so they are more realistic and clear. It is written with a very direct language, simplifying the concepts of physiotherapy so that any musician without training or idea of anatomy can easily understand it.


Marta Torres-Pianist

"My name is David Maimónides Martínez Sánchez and I am a double bass player. Generally speaking, I think it is a wonderful and essential book for all musicians who wish to develop their careers for many years. It contains an infinity of super useful information. Several things have been the most important to me. liked:


The warm-up without an instrument is something that nobody does and nobody teaches, and yet now it seems essential to me. If you haven't warmed up your muscles before starting to play, the risk of injury is clearly going to double or even triple.


Posture: if we have any pathology, we are sure that posturally we do something wrong. There are countless posture tips, but I would emphasize for my instrument and for me that it is good to align our wrist with the forearm. In addition, knowing how to sit and stand correctly is great so as not to overload our back, which in turn would overload the rest of the parts.


Eat well, do sports with your lower extremities and rest as recommended. Relax and enjoy. Your emotions can also relax or tense your body.


David Maimónedes Martínez Sanchez-Double Bass Player

"Highly recommended and useful for every musician! Entertaining, easy to understand. It has helped me a lot to improve my posture and correct bad postural habits."

"I have found it very instructive as well as useful! It is a book that every musician should include in his library. It has a very simple language and contains guidelines to prevent injuries as well as a possible solution when we believe that there may be injury. On the other hand, it has an internal division by instruments explaining what the correct posture would be. In short, highly recommended. "

“How to Play Without Pain is the type of book that many instrument teachers should follow with their students from the beginning, since in a more progressive line in relation to the health sciences, it focuses more on prevention than on treatment .


We are facing a professional with extensive experience who offers us a small part of his knowledge that barely fits in the almost four hundred pages that "How to play without pain" has. Tomás has no qualms about openly positioning himself on certain dilemmas present today in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and that, in my opinion, contributes truthfulness and credibility to his speech. Tomás Martín has a lot to say and he does so in a book that falls short to reflect the amount of information he has collected throughout his life and not only that, but also in the great research work that will undoubtedly have to be done. carry out in order to carry out a work of this magnitude.


If you are a musician, even if you know or think you know the anatomical principles of our body in relation to your instrument (s), do not forget to take a look at "How to play without pain" as it can broaden your vision and awareness of your body, as well as serving as a lifelong guide for you and other nearby musicians ”.


Leonardo Jul Camargo literary critic in

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