For the complete
chapter on mind/body
from The Balanced
Embouchure, click here.
Helping others battle the demons of embouchure is a challenge. Resistance to change - even positive change - is
often a major roadblock, as the mind is a powerful thing. Prior conditioning and beliefs about embouchure can be
tricky to bypass and overcome.
But as I have discovered, giving advice to others about health is far trickier, and is frequently met by the most
extreme skepticism. In many cases, chronic sufferers have been conditioned to believe that a cure is
all-but-impossible, and that managing symptoms is the only course available.
To my surprise, it doesn't even matter if a student has been previously helped by BE. Suppose the same student
also has a chronic physical condition, such as asthma. If I mention that - similar to BE - there is better a way to
overcome and cure the condition, it's as if I went a bridge too far. I have to begin all over again convincing the
student that I know what I'm talking about.
The bottom line is, I don't make claims without first doing research and obtaining evidence. My primary desire is
to help others cut through old programming and find real answers. If the information of this page seems unusual to
you, that may be a good thing. Following the same old path will generate the same old results.
In fact, that's exactly how the brain works. More about that in a moment.
Cause and Effect
As it was with BE, this page is about a deeper look at the relationship between cause and effect. Common health
conditions, as labeled by the medical community, are frequently only a side effect of a hidden, more primary
cause. Further, when you make a correction at the level of the primary cause, the side effects typically disappear.
In the case of our sample trio of conditions - asthma, Bell's Palsy, focal dystonia - what is the cause? Ask a
medical doctor. He will say, "We don't know the answer to that yet." The best he can offer is symptom
management, in the hopes that somehow the body eventually heals itself. Of course, from his frame of reference,
that means drugs, which not only don't ever cure anything, but actually lead to the creation of more problems. As
the old alternative health saying goes, "the body is not crying out for more drugs."
The Unbalanced Brain
My day job is still trumpet teaching. However, an increasing amount of my time is spent investigating the brain.
Without question, the activity of the mind/brain is directly cause-connected to our quality of life. My interest is in
discovering practical ways to alter brain activity which directly result in positive, measurable change. This is not as
lofty or technical as it sounds. As it turns out, a high percentage of chronic health issues actually stem from the
negative mental environment created by a single, correctable brain condition - hyperpolarity of brain functioning.
Note: Hyperpolarity of brain functioning is not taught in medical schools. Nor will you find it in any medical
literature. In short, it is not recognized as a medically treatable condition. So, the advice I give you regarding
hyperpolarity can in no way ever be misconstrued as "medical advice." This is as close as I get to offering a
To be continued...
Brass Players Fight Back: A Single Approach to
Solving Common Negative Physical Conditions
(i.e. Asthma, Bell's Palsy, Focal Dystonia)
This part of the website is to provide information for musicians
who suffer from physical conditions, especially those symptoms
known as asthma, Bell's Palsy, and focal dystonia. For some
readers, the solution that I'm offering will sound too good to be
true. They may even get angry, convinced that no single process
can solve such seemingly different conditions.
I've been down this road before...