Hi Ronjazz good to hear of your progress.
FD is such a deeply personal thing, especially finding our way out of it. If someone with FD is moving forward then they must be doing something right. I have a few questions about your post, these aren't meant to sound critical but I'd be interested in your thoughts. I have had several sessions with Jerald too, BTW.
ronjazz wrote:Interesting, Kate, I study body-mapping with Jerald Harscher, mostly by Skype but also an occasional face-to-face, and in two full years of regular sessions, I have been pronounced cured of the dystonia, and I am currently well into retraining.
-What do you mean by you have been 'pronounced cured'? It sounds like some kind of independent assessment but if so what and by whom?
-Following on from that, you go on to say you now well into retraining, which I find confusing. If you are cured why are you retraining?
The way I have see it is that the only successful way to recover from FD and move freely again is by retraining, in other words retraining is
the route to recovery and re-establishing normal movement - yet it sounds like you are saying you recovered and then retraining is like a subsequent step?
ronjazz wrote:Also, I have observed many fine players resting their a fingers very lightly on the 1st string when doing rapid pim or pmi figures on the inner strings, this has been another cool discovery, which I have extended to resting my little finger on the 1st string while playing pima and its combinations on the inner strings. Resting very lightly, I emphasize, really just touching.
I used to do something similar and I can see why it helps with early retraining as any tactile point of reference for the fingers is going to help address the confusion in the nervous system when you have various unintended finger contractions. There is an interesting and detailed post from a pianist on the web who devised his own retraining routine (and fully recovered) which involved keeping non playing fingers touching the keys.
I went from the approach you describe to touching down a finger very lightly and removing it prior to playing, say, a specific arpeggio pattern and then eventually learning to play that pattern freely.
The issues I would have with the approach you describe in the long run are-
(i) Firstly that anchoring A, however lightly, inhibits flexion of M and anchoring C inhibits flexion of A.
(ii) Secondly, whilst it may help initially, it could become a crutch and if you are playing on the top strings you cannot do it.
(iii) Thirdly, FD is such a messy condition - the plasticity that gets us the condition is the same plasticity that enables our recovery which is the same plasticity that might cause a recurrence of symptoms in some form. I have always likened the process of recovery to squeezing the air out of an inflatable bed, as you focus on one area and push out the air, pretty soon a bubble pops up somewhere else. I'd be concerned where that planting might lead.