2019/05/13

Hello Internet;

After puppet school for three weeks and Dramafest for 6 days, my back was killing me. At first, I chalked it up to the change in beds and all the standing at the festival. Today, I gave in and let my partner book me into a masseuse. I'm sure he was getting tired of my whining. The masseuse worked through my body and kneaded the tension out of my back.

We talked through what was affecting where. Lifting the puppets put tension in my neck, and more noticeably on my left side because I am right hand dominant. I had tension in my shoulders from stress and posture and in my lower back from lifting things.

Generally, I just try to get work done. I stretch before rehearsals but I rarely stretch before lifting sets. I guess I'm getting older and my body can't do what it could years ago. That's something I need to accept. My body is my tool for work, and I need to take care of it more.

Laura-Beth Bird

Laura-Beth Bird

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/04/04

Hello Internet;

My body is my tool for work. I practice my voice, my stance, and my breath constantly. I wake up and do tongue twisters some days just to stretch it out (three brown bears is a favorite). Yet, there's something I have been struggling with lately, my own flexibility.

It really hit home watching the athletes at the pole sport championships. It’s been a joke between myself and my partner now for the last year. He is incredibly flexible, and I can't get my leg straight (damage from cheerleading).

Laura-Beth Bird

Laura-Beth Bird

I want to push my body further. I am physically strong, but not remotely graceful or fluid. I'm heading off to Mermaid in a few weeks and I feel like this may hinder my puppetry ability. Puppeteering is a lot like dancing, moving with connectivity, constantly flowing.

This means I have two weeks to get the dust off these muscles and use my body for more than just lifting 4X8’s in and out of a truck. I’m going to get this started with YouTube yoga.

-Laura-Beth Bird