Testimonials from the attendees of the courses
“The course has seemed very interesting, practical and educational. Probably if we had warmed up before playing so many hours, today we would not have the problems that everyone has. Years ago warming up was doing scales, arpeggios, thirds, sixths, octaves and all kinds of Hanon exercises, in such a way that when you began to study the works your muscles were already tired. It should be a compulsory subject for all students not only in higher education, but also professional and compulsory for elementary teachers ”.
Mª Antonia Roncero Carrizosa Professor of musical language at the “Hermanos Berzosa” Conservatory of Cáceres
"It is really a great blessing to have someone like Professor Tomas Martín López to connect us with the deep and essential aspects of caring for the musician's body. In his courses Professor Tomás introduces us in a pleasant, pleasant and direct way to the knowledge of anatomy and is leading us to understand the radical importance of posture care for the musician. His experience in the subject allows him to show us, live and direct, the effects that neglecting the body produces in an activity as complex as music Likewise, it shows us how to begin to correct these effects from the knowledge of the appropriate postures and exercises and from the fact of assuming greater responsibility with oneself. I consider its contribution to the health of the musicians, both of the student in training, to be fundamental. as of the professional of music, because the more they take care of themselves, the more they lengthen the useful life of the basic instrument that is the body ".
Mauricio Quintero R. Professor of Posture and Movement for Musician Course (University of Antioquia-Medellín)
"A few years ago I suffered severe pain in my left arm caused by a left lateral epicondylitis or" tennis elbow. " My work as a cellist in the orchestra was seriously affected since this pain is very intense and annoying, even at night when I was sleeping. During a course of several days with Dr. Martin, he managed with his teachings to lead me on the path of full and total recovery, of which I can attest. Epicondylitis is a disease with a poor prognosis, but his warm-up exercises with friction before playing (which I recommend doing without fail), stretching, and especially trigger points and cryotherapy, were essential in my recovery. "
Olga Elena Correa Gómez Cellist of the National Orchestra of Colombia
"Yes it is I am very lucky to have a professional in the field of Osteopathy who understands the patient and approaches him by sharing his hobby and profession (music), it is even more fortunate to have courses and conferences within conservatories and schools, where the musician is made aware of the presumed risks of the daily practice of his profession. But I consider it even more important to publicize the prevention of these injuries, and instill in the musician the desire to care for and pamper his body as the first and main instrument. And now, if we take into account that the course teacher is not only a musician, but an osteopath and a conservatory teacher, the benefit for the student who reaches one of these courses is much greater ".
María Olivera Rodríguez. Horn player (Salamanca)
“When I heard about the Course" Ergonomics and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries "aimed at music professionals, I did not hesitate to do it; more when they told me that the speaker, in addition to being an osteopath, was a musician. I'm a pianist and I have bone, muscle and nerve problems, so it seemed like a great idea. And I was not wrong. The Course was very interesting, because of the topics that were discussed and the way they were presented. I ended up enthusiastic, but the enthusiasm was greater when I found that in addition to coming to me personally very well, due to the problems I mentioned above, I have been able to include some warm-up exercises, massages and stretching for my students. At first I thought that these exercises were going to be taken a little seriously, since there are students who, if they don't play, consider that they have no class and are wasting their time. However, they have considered it and they are the ones who ask me for the exercises because they are tense to play. It has also helped me personally to be more aware of the exercises that I must do daily to improve my musculoskeletal problems ”.
Mª Ángeles Pociello Ágreda Piano teacher at the Professional Conservatory of Huesca
"I find it very interesting what has been given in the course, and very useful, and not only at the level of musicians. Today there are many people with back problems. I think that in Secondary education in the Physical Education Subject this should be given; and / or given as a subject in music studies medium grade at least. "
Ana Isabel Castillo Martínez Piano teacher at the Professional Conservatory of Pamplona
"Although I was" passing through "at the Teruel conservatory, as soon as I saw the Ergonomics course I did not hesitate to sign up. I recommend everyone to sign up. It seems to me vital that activities and courses are scheduled that are directly related to our profession , and more in a field as little worked as this. You learn a lot and, not only now I am much more aware of what parts of my body are involved when playing the piano, but I feel much more capable of correcting incorrect postures in my students. I have been able to introduce all kinds of warm-up exercises in class that I know are going to be very beneficial for them because they are being so for me. "
Mª del Mar Rodríguez Piano teacher at the Professional Conservatory of Tarazona
"Looking for a bibliography on a correct placement on the violin, many times I have come across explanations that only referred to the sound, musicality, vibration of the strings, cleanliness of the articulation! But nothing about whether that gesture or posture is correct or natural for our body ! The musician on many occasions considers that this is not relevant and sacrifices his own health to achieve a brighter sound, therefore my reflection is that we must assume that this profession involves risks but we must assume that our body is the first instrument and that In addition to instrumental practice, it is necessary to have a specific warm-up, a reflection on our technique and placement, avoid tensions and include breaks in our study ".
Silvia Díaz Murcia Violin student at the Superior Conservatory of Music in Salamanca
"Completing the course has helped me to open my eyes and has helped me understand the importance of healthy habits. Since I started playing the trumpet I had never done a warm-up exercise, I didn't think it was necessary, but now I I realize that they are necessary, very beneficial and they are also a bet for the future. Nor did I notice my position at the time playing, many times I thought it was good and it was not. The professor of the Ergonomics subject has also played a very important role; that with his classes and his talks, he has helped me change the way I see all this ".
Alfonso Gómez-Escalonilla López Trumpet student at the Superior Conservatory of Music in Salamanca
"Performing physical conditioning exercises before and after playing should be as natural a routine for the musician as tuning the instrument. Also, if I have learned something with this subject, it is that acquiring the habit of warming up before playing and stretching after playing is the The best tool available to musicians to avoid injuries and perform at their best. The truth is that I have learned a lot in this subject, both in class and in my research to be able to carry out this work. The vast majority of musicians have never before talked about this, and if they did, we don't pay too much attention to it, because we think that since almost no one does it, it won't be something that important, but when you really pay attention to it and discover all the problems we can have, you realize how important it is. "
Jennifer Fernández Álvarez Oboe student at the Superior Conservatory of Music in Salamanca
"By doing the work of the subject of Ergonomics and injury prevention, I have realized the importance of warming up, especially facial warming because since I have practiced it, I have made an incredible change when it comes to playing the first note, my muscles are fully awake and ready to work, when I do it the technique is easier and together with the breathing exercises they make it look like another every morning when I start studying ".
Ruben Guadilla Perez Student of trumpet at the Superior Conservatory of Music in Salamanca