What is your studio practice like?

Hey Maker,

Do your hands or body ache after a long day of making?

As an Artist, I understand the physical toll that an active studio practice can take on the body. Our hands are accustomed to working meticulously through repetitive tasks throughout the day. Take a moment to consider which parts of your process are the most repetitive.

It’s no secret that that engaging in the same action over and over again makes it more likely that you will develop a repetitive strain injury. The good news is that this outcome is not inevitable. Learning more about your most important tool, your body, can be incredibly empowering.

Over the years, I’ve experienced my own share of aches and pains as a result of making my artwork. I remember feeling tension in my elbow and being concerned that I was developing a repetitive strain injury. If I were to lose a lot of mobility in my hands and forearms, I would no longer be able to make my work. Fortunately, I noticed the issue early, acknowledged that the actions I was taking were not sustainable, and committed to making some very important changes.

I began using my background as a Licensed Massage Therapist and RYT 500 Alignment-Based Yoga Instructor to carefully evaluate and refine my studio habits. I felt a shift after incorporating specific stretching, strengthening, and massage techniques into my daily routine on a steady basis. I also felt motivated to share everything I was learning throughout the process.

I believe that you deserve to feel great in your body, whether you spend hours working at a computer, hammering in your studio, throwing at the wheel, knitting, painting, or writing. Developing a conscious studio practice will give you the leverage you need to pursue your creative vision on every level.

Wouldn’t it be nice to work with someone individually to learn new ways to improve your studio practice? Did you know that I offer a Remote 1:1 Package?

This package allows us to have a more in-depth conversation about your studio practices. You can show me the way that you do things. I will evaluate and deconstruct your movements and processes in the studio and discuss ways to create more longevity in your body. I will help you learn a collection of individualized techniques and strategies that you can use to create a daily routine that supports and sustains your body!

Additionally, I will demonstrate specific tools and techniques that you can incorporate into your daily routine. You will learn valuable information about studio ergonomics and ways to set up your space for a lasting practice. The session will include a mix of background information, such as how knots develop in the body, and practical instruction, such as different ways to increase blood flow, circulation, and flexibility. These techniques are designed to help boost energy levels, alleviate pain, reduce the risk of injury, and improve posture. You will gain a deeper understanding of your body and new ideas about how to enhance your creative practice.

This package includes:

  • Remote 1:1 Session: 75 Minutes

  • Follow-up Call: 30 Minutes

  • Complete Wellness Kit: Hit the Spot Neck Massager, Bonger, Harmony Roller, Rist Roller, Acupressure Ring, Foam Massage Ball, Carrying Case, Wellness for Makers Guide to Hands, Wrists, and Forearms (digital download)

  • Self-Care Checklist

  • Additional Resources based on your needs and interests.

Package Price: $279

Payment Plans available upon request.

If you’re ready to give your tired hands and body a break, this package is a great way to get started! I would love the opportunity to work with you.

xo,

Missy