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Geez, the tension is back . . .

Posted by bj on Sunday, November 22, 2009

Today I'm all wired up. My shoulders and BOTH upper arms are knotted with tension. Kneading into those muscles via self massage brings yelps of pain.

What happened?

I played for around an hour and a half last night, didn't start anything brand new, just worked on a couple tunes I had learned recently toward the end of my playing time. Earlier playing time was taken up with playing stuff on the playlist that hadn't been played in awhile, all stuff I knew pretty well. I felt relaxed, and I was playing pretty well and easily, no strain. And considering the time I usually put in (and the time I put in at fiddle hell last weekend!) an hour and a half is a piece of cake.

My left arm especially has a line of pain running vertically along the inside of the bicep. Both shoulders are really tight. I'm also feeling some tightness in my mid back around my shoulder blades.

I've been playing my usual very short tune or two practices all day, and none of it feels good. I hurt.

I think I'll keep my playing time short tonight. Which sucks.

I've also felt tired and run down all day . . . hmm. Maybe it's got nothing to do with the fiddle.

7 comments on “Geez, the tension is back . . .”

M-D Says:
Sunday, November 22, 2009 @3:51:26 PM

We're in the midst of some interesting energies, so. . . .

Mandogryl Says:
Sunday, November 22, 2009 @4:40:36 PM

COuld it be the flu? Your comment on feeling tired and run down came to mind.
Maybe you are run down from some other tension............
It has nothing to do with the fiddle, I'd say.
When I experience an "off" day like that, but really, really want to play, I just stick to super easy stuff.
Just to have the fiddle in my hands feels good.
I hope you feel better soon!!

bj Says:
Sunday, November 22, 2009 @5:16:11 PM

Interesting energies? I tend to be sensitive to that kinda thing . . .

Stephanie, I'm disgustingly healthy, and though I can't rule the flu out, I've been supplementing my diet in such a way that it would be highly unlikely for me to come down sick, even if exposed. Though yes, in thinking back, last weekend I was at the Stagecoach Inn with a few hundred other people. Exposure to some sort of bug was very likely.

autumnstrings Says:
Sunday, November 22, 2009 @10:03:47 PM

That sucks BJ. I have days like that. I take a hot bath, have a drink and start again. If it doesn't stop I just wait till the next day, my body tells me when it's not a good day to play.

Andah1andah2 Says:
Monday, November 23, 2009 @6:34:59 PM

I get that knot in the mid back around the right blade from bowing. That's the big suckaroo. I agree with Autumn, what helps for me is time and some booze. Good fer what ails ya.

bj Says:
Monday, November 23, 2009 @6:43:42 PM

Well, the hot shower last night helped.

ScotFiddler Says:
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @9:59:22 PM

I understand the tension issues. Truly!

As for your comment: "I think I'll keep my playing time short tonight. Which sucks." I have to say my opinion is that No, it doesn't suck. It is what your body is telling you to do. NOT listening to your body sucks. A break is a positive experience - you can heal, you can think about what you'll work on next time you play, you can tend to other things that you enjoy doing. Be well!

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