for Musician’s diagnosed with Musician's Dystonia (MD)
- While each person is different and there are certainly a lot of variables within the process of retraining, below is a basic outline of what has been the average experience.
Initial Consultation (usually via “Skype”): ( 2 1/2 hrs. US$180/hr.) = US$450
- The consultation serves to explain the causes of Musician's Dystonia and to reorient the individual towards healthy performance practices.
Intensive Retraining (in person): (3 - 5 days, 4 hrs./day, US$150/hr.) = US$1800 - $3000
- This is an intensive “hands on” retraining of the aberrant motor programming.
Follow-up Sessions (approximately 20 individual one-hour sessions, usually via “Skype”): US$150/hr with prescription, US$130/hr. without prescription (later sessions) = $2800-$3000
- For the most successful experience, excellent internet service and headphones will be beneficial.
The total cost for retraining sessions is approximately $6500. This does not include travel, housing, or meals during retraining. These are the sole responsibility of the client. There is currently no “contract” nor payment prior to services rendered.
Again, this is an approximate outline of successful retraining. MOST clients have spent LESS time with me than this timeline shows. However, it is my belief that players recover faster when carefully guided through the process. My definition of successful retraining is that the player performs without ANY dystonic symptoms and better (with more efficiency and ease) than they have ever performed prior to the onset of MD. A player can expect to experience continual improvement while still experiencing quite a LOT of ups and downs. Many clients will notice a “two steps forward, one step back” phenomenon especially in the early stages of retraining. This tends to diminish as the player gains more experience with efficiency. It is extremely rare that a player makes no progress or has relapses. I have assisted more than 600 players and this experience has certainly assisted in the shortening of the recovery process
The musician most likely to fully retrain:
- Has an understanding of the cause of their Musician's Dystonia.
- Has an understanding of their retraining process.
- Believes retraining is possible and has a positive attitude.
- Is not currently in another retraining program.
- Is not trying to combine various methodologies.
- Is able to question all “methodology” including that of MWNA.
- Takes personal responsibility for their retraining.
- Takes personal responsibility for their general wellness (physical, mental and intellectual).
- Has the time, energy and mental stamina to retrain (@ 1-2 hours per day)
- Does not have stressful performance obligations.
- Is able to consistently sustain their focus of attention on the solution.
- Reads suggested research articles.
- Applies the principles to other disciplines and activities.
- Has family’s, friends’, and teacher’s support and understanding.
- Works with an Alexander Technique Teacher (I will request that you do this).
- Did not utilize specific practice regimes such as Caruso, etc.… These “systems” make retraining more difficult.