This interview is the first in a series of interviews I am doing in order to bring you healthful, creative, and interesting insights from my favorite artists, healthcare practitioners, and wellness junkies. It's fitting that a massage therapist kicks off this series, as massage is one of the first things I did to help support my healing when I was injured, and I still do it regularly to maintain a happy mind and body! I've been seeing Jason for over a year now and I consider his work a vital part of my artistic well-being. I'll let him fill in the rest...
1. What does health/healing mean to you? How does this apply to your work?: Health to me is continuing the state of "ease" instead of slipping in a state of "dis-ease".
Healing is the transition from a malfunctioning state to a more functioning state.
2. How did you come to your current work?: I have been doing massage most of my life, but I treated it mostly as a hobby until 2005. At which time I decided to make it my profession.
3. What is the main inspiration for your work?: Mostly people in pain or under stress are the inspiration for my work.
4. What are the most common issues you see with your musician patients? How do you support them in these challenges?: Depending on which musical instrument, posture, and frequency of practice; musicians can encounter problems like knots (constricted muscle tissue), adhesions (scar tissue developing in muscle tissue) or displaced tendons from highly dexterous and repetitive movements.
5. According to your expertise, what are some ways you think musicians should habitually support themselves and their health?: Stretching is the single best preventative measure. Basic range of motion only. You dont want to overstretch. It can cause a wobble in joints.
Avoid too many meals that come out of a clown head.
Moderate exercise is great but just remember every body part you have, has a genetic warranty.
Massage is fantastic for the body with benefits ranging from lowering blood pressure to stress/pain relief to helping lymph fluid flow.
6. Are there any products/books/techniques you would recommend to musicians seeking to improve their health to better play their instrument, as well as prevent injuries?: Yoga is very beneficial to the body but I dont recommend hot yoga.
Massage is usually helpful in fixing a lot of the common side effects of practicing musical instruments that are in many cases not avoidable.
In some cases even with proper body mechanics, it is difficult to avoid injury or repetitive motion damage.
7. What sustains and invigorates you as a healthcare practitioner? Favorite self-care practice?: Maintaining a regiment of stretching, health-minded eating, and trading massage with other LMTs.
8. Favorite food?: Too many to pick one above all else, but a spinach salad with blue berries, pecans, feta, and raspberry vinaigrette dressing is awesome.
9. What are you listening to right now?: the humming of a computer lol
10. How can we connect with you?: My practice is currently located at Artful Massage Therapy [in Tallahassee, Florida]. Best number for contact is: 863 944 4564. Email: LMT.Jasonowens@yahoo.com