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Meet Rachel White Galvin of MindFelt Methods in Carpinteria

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel White Galvin.

Rachel, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a movement specialist, educator, and musician. I was born and raised in Oklahoma. In 2008, my husband and I packed up everything we owned and moved to California so that I could finish my Doctorate in Musical Arts in Viola Performance at UC Santa Barbara. I’ve performed in some awesome venues around the world with many equally as awesome performers. In addition to my life as a musician, I am also a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, former CrossFit Level 2 coach, as well as certified in numerous other movement methods, including USA Weightlifting, Foundation Training, and Functional Movement Screen.

To many, my background in both music performance and fitness seems rather unique and unrelated, but to me they are closely tied. Music is what introduced me to the world of fitness, in fact. I struggled for nearly 15 years with chronic repetitive stress pain related to playing the viola and violin. I sought countless medical and holistic practitioners for help. But, the answers I received varied from “that pain is normal” to “you need to stop playing” all the way to “how can playing an instrument cause pain?” As you can imagine, I was unsatisfied with these answers, so I ventured out to create my own path for healing through fitness, movement, and ultimately the Feldenkrais Method. I’m happy to say that I’ve been pain-free for five years, and now I help empower my clients to take control of their pain.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Looking back 20 years ago, I wanted to be a chamber musician and soloist. I had visions of myself touring the world performing to large audiences. While I’ve had those opportunities and enjoyed them immensely, my pain really held me back from being the kind of musician that I wanted to be. At a certain point, I made the decision to stop resisting and pushing through the pain. Instead, I consciously chose to allow my pain to become my teacher. Once I did that, the course of my life changed. I realized that performing was not where I was meant to be. I saw myself filling the void I myself encountered. My mission became supporting musicians on their own pain journeys and educating the public on the health issues that musicians face.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the MindFelt Methods story. Tell us more about the business.
I am the owner of MindFelt Methods LLC through which I help musicians who are struggling with playing-related injury perform pain-free. I offer online coaching, as well as in-person sessions at my studio in Carpinteria, CA. I work closely with my clients using movement lessons to improve coordination, mindset mentoring, and kettlebells for strength training.

People wonder why it’s so important to focus solely on musician’s health. I like to point out that music is everywhere. We enjoy it in the car, in the store, in the elevator, on TV, at the gas station, at the movies. We go to concerts. We see musicians playing on the streets. So then imagine, that 4 out of 5 of your favorite musicians of any style will experience an injury at some point during their careers. Most will keep playing, but continue to experience pain. Some will quit altogether. Very few will achieve full recovery.

Music is a part of our collective conscious and contributes greatly to our cultural mindset. Think of Kurt Cobain, Ludwig van Beethoven, Amy Winehouse, and the like. These people suffered from pain both mentally and physically, and we as a society glorify that. We are taught that pain is a necessary part of greatness; that you must sacrifice your well-being to create worthwhile art; and that the show must go on regardless of whether you as an artist can keep up. These ideas permeate our culture as a whole. And the only help that many musicians (and non-musicians) find is through self-medicating. My contribution to the world is helping everyone see that pain is not required to create meaningful performances.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I believe that luck plays a role in all our lives, but I also believe that mindset also plays a huge role in the trajectories of our lives. The subconscious mind is a powerful thing. If you believe in what you are doing and believe in your own success, then it will happen. The trick is that you really have to believe.

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