Experiencing Kathleen Riley’s Optimal Performance biofeedback workshop was a mind-opening and mind-blowing experience. Kathleen brings her expertise in physiology, biomechanics and intentionality to harness the effects of anxiety/stress and increase ease and flow in playing. She demonstrated how, what appeared to be, simple changes to alignment along with an understanding of which muscles need to fire.
Bringing visual clarity through the biofeedback lines shown on the screen along with two video camera windows, showing angles of your body that you cannot see as you play, was amazing. Kathleen’s expertise and passionate success in teaching optimal communication of one’s intentions through music is truly beyond words.
Seeing and experiencing the biofeedback completely flipped what I thought was going on with my posture. It gave me insightful information that has really enhanced the quality and freedom of my movement. Kathleen’s guidance and expert coaching allowed me to create changes in how I’m using my muscles. This began to relieve the pain in my knee and increase my mobility. It was a wonderful experience! I look forward to more.
I had the opportunity recently to do a biofeedback session with Kathleen Riley. I’ve heard about and known about biofeedback for years but have never actually experienced it. Kathleen attached sensors to my arms and shoulders to monitor muscle activity as I played the frame drum. I watched the video camera windows and muscle tension graphs on the screen in real time. Kathleen helped me understand where I was holding the tension in my muscles and adjusted my body alignment with the instrument to reduce the muscle firing.
It was amazing to see what was happening and then learn how to optimize the muscles needed. This allowed me to experiment and optimize my alignment, creating greater range of motion and flow in performance. This is something that can benefit everyone.
Kathleen is truly multidimensional. She not only understands the complexities of elite performers (and is one herself) but fully understands the underlying physiology which is so relevant in resolving the psychophysiological issues of stress and anxiety. Her ability to integrate new technology into the diagnosis and treatment of various disorders of performance in whatever we do, makes her truly one of a kind. There are few who understand so well, and integrate these two completely different areas of study, and without the knowledge of both, it is difficult to aid people afflicted with stress and chronic pain. Her knowledge of biofeedback and its role in teaching, training, assessment and treatment is second to none.
As a professional theater musician with focal hand dystonia, I am forever grateful for Kathleen Riley and her expertise with biofeedback. I worked with Kathleen for over 4 years after having been diagnosed with dystonia. Her powerful work with Biofeedback helped me control my anxiety, regain technical control and keep the dystonia at a manageable distance.
Kathleen Riley’s work and research with Biofeedback is invaluable for coaching performers to manage stress and achieve and maintain optimal performance. Her expertise with biofeedback brings a deeper awareness of what we do and how we do it as musicians.
Kathleen has given me tools to manage my stress and given me more confidence that really work! Her coaching with the Heartmath techniques has provided me with powerful tools that I use in the moment to identify my stress and emotions associated with it and immediately shift my response to stress. Working with the Inner Balance app and bluetooth sensor, I get immediate biofeedback. I’ve learned how to shift the heart rhythm signals from those of stress to those of balance, and my scores are continuing to improve. This allows me to be much more productive and focused both at work and in my personal life. Her coaching has taught me how to respond to stress, anxiety in every situation in the most efficient and effective way. I have more energy and get better sleep. I highly recommend that you contact Kathleen to learn how you can do this too!
Kathleen has helped me so much in learning how to identify my stress and manage my response to it through the Heartmath techniques. I’ve learned the importance of identifying the emotions associated with stress and their impact upon our physiology. Kathleen has given me tools for life to shift in the moment from stress and overwhelm to be focused and respond to stress in an effective way. I enjoy working with the HeartMath app on my phone and blue tooth sensor, because “seeing is believing.” Seeing the heart rate signals that show I am stressed helps me quickly make the emotional shift through heart focused breathing to optimize myself in the moment.