• Alternate lighter and heavier days.
  • Schedule a lighter practice week once a month.
  • Remember to cool down – it speeds recovery by 50%.
  • Practice playing slowly in your head.
  • Take enough breaks.
  • Remember to drink plenty of water.
  • Find a method of practicing that suits you.
  • Make sure you set intermediate goals and stay motivated.
  • Recognise physical and psychological overexertion.
  • React to aches and pains with the correct self-treatment.
  • Seek expert help in good time.

La dolce vita


Erja Joukamo-Ampuja and Jouko Heiskanen