MWF Saturday Session Descriptions

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Injury & Anxiety: Mental Health Session-Charl Watson
Suffering from a career ending or threatening injury can leave one searching for answers beyond relief of just the physical pain. LPC, Charl Watson will discuss solutions for those dealing with the stress and anxiety associated with life altering injuries and performing.

Pedagogy and Practice Tips for Managing Injuries and Recovery-Dr. Artina McCain
Recovering and rebuilding after injury can be just as difficult as finding a solution. How much should I practice? What are the best technical studies or repertoire choices? This session will discuss ways to rebuild post injury as well as healthy solutions to prevent injuries for performers, students and teachers. 

MAT Masterclass Demonstration-Jean Gabbay from MAT Austin
Participants will be selected to experience a trial treatment session with MAT Austin. For those interested this is a wonderful way to be exposed to what an MAT session feels like. Participants will be tested for range of motion on a massage table. Audience members will get a first hand look into how muscular dysfunction can cause pain in performance or practice. If interested in being a volunteer, please register below. Space is limited. All MWF registered participants may observe the class. 

Yoga for Musicians: Resonance & Strength through Breath & Alignment-Seetha and Cristina from Fit 7 Studios

This guided class will flow through a unique series of yoga poses especially tailored for musicians. We will explore musical expression through dynamic form and movement. Co-presented with Cristina Fritz of 7 Fit Studios Austin.  Participants should bring yoga mat.

Schedule (subject to change)

Saturday, September 26th
Steinway Hall Austin, TX

10 am- Registration, Light Breakfast
10:15 am-10:30 am Opening Session
10:30-11:20 Mental Health and Coping Strategies,
Charl Watson, LPC-S 
11:30-12:15 Pedagogy and Practice Tips for Managing Injuries
Dr. Artina McCain

12:15-1:15 Lunch on your own

1:20-2:15 MAT Masterclass and Demonstration w/Jean Gabbay from MAT Austin
2:30-3:50 Yoga for Musicians w/Seetha Shivaswamy and Christina Fritz from 7 Fit Studios ($10/Limit 12 bring mat)

Charl Watson, LPC

I have been a mental health provider over 20 years, and have successfully counseled adolescents, adults, and couples. I am state board approved as a supervisor for LPC interns. My doctoral clinical training allows me to provide both therapy services and psychological assessment, as needed, for clients. I believe counseling is a collaborative process. Clients should expect their opinions to be important, and trust that their counselor is both skilled and caring. I think it is vital to provide a safe and supportive environment to discuss concerns. 

I provide both short-term, solution focused counseling, as well as long-term psychotherapy that allows for in-depth exploration. I work with a variety of individuals struggling with life stressors and situational demands, as well as those who have more chronic anxiety and depression, and serious mental health concerns. 

Although clients of different faiths regularly seek counseling with me, individuals of Christian faith often specifically request their Christian faith be a central part of their counseling. I am a member of Christian Counselors of Texas.

Jean Gabbay, MAT Master Specialist

Jean Gabbay began her exercise career studying ballet at the University of Texas at Austin. While studying dance, she taught aerobics and other movement classes at Ballet Austin, Austin on Tap and with the University's continuing education program. She formed the Pratt Institute Aerobics Workshop in Brooklyn, NY and continued to teach movement classes in New York for six years before returning to Austin. She has studied under Eric Ferguson of Muscle Activation of Austin for three years. Jean became a certified Muscle Activation Techniques specialist in July 2011 and recently received her MAT Masters certification.

Seetha Shivaswamy