Symptomatology

The dystonic syndrome is not a sudden fact but rather a phenomena similar to the iceberg; the peak of the problem surges to the surface after an unconscious period of gestation. Normally those who come to me looking for help are mistaken when saying that almost all of a sudden they felt something that prevented them from playing the instrument as usual. This stands to reason given their confusion.

In fact, all mental responses are the product of the daily assessments we make with regard to the end result of our practice on the instrument. The conclusions or judgements we acquire from these repetitions become a subconscious automatism that is activated without our permission. Once the reaction starts we can do nothing, and our will power will not be able to stop it. The only thing we can do is to modify the information that triggers the automatism.

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For all we can see the peak of the iceberg there is a much bigger mass of ice below the surface – connected to this peak but not visible. In the same way the conscious and subconscious cannot exist separately and it would be a huge mistake not to study them as two parts of a whole. If we study them separately the conclusions will take us nowhere.

It stands to reason then that emotional assessments on our work condition our progress; in the same way that an emotion can make us go red or grow pale or even activate a heart attack. Other type of emotions correctly associated to our work will never bother our natural muscular activity. Therefore the symptom is just a symptom which reveals an internal conflict.