Jona Kerr

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Jona Beczkiewicz Kerr brings a unique combination of extensive knowledge and practice in the fitness and wellness industry, as well as nearly forty years of personal experience in the classical music field and the performing arts. A classically trained violinist from the age of five, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance with Masao Kawasaki at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and attended both the Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York as well as the prestigious, Aspen Music Festival and School.

Midway through her violin studies, Jona developed ulnar nerve syndrome in both elbows, requiring her to have surgery to transplant the nerves. It was at that time that she began to make some of the basic connections about the physical nature of performance and fitness. Through her own rehabilitation, and those of many whom she encountered along the way, she also realized how musicians were ineffectively dealing with their pain and injuries: quietly, often not seeking help, with few available resources and solutions to address their specific needs.

Having doubts as to her ability to remain in the music field as a performer after her surgeries, Jona decided to take an educational and professional detour, acquiring her master’s degree in arts administration from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She started her own arts management company before moving to Amsterdam for ten years with her husband, violinist Alexander Kerr. There, confronted with countless performers (world-renowned musicians and promising students), many of them struggling to deal with performance related pain from their years of music making, Jona decided to refocus her attention to her initial passion for music by helping artists learn to perform pain free.

Upon returning to the States, she immersed herself in the study of physiology, corrective exercise and fitness and began working to help musicians, opening Classically Trained Fitness and Wellness, LLC in Bloomington, IN. She works with patients and clients one-on-one at Bloomington Sports and Wellness under the guidance of Dr. Brian Murer, and in groups, including daily sessions with students at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is now in the beginning stages of forming an Institute with top medical professionals and specialists to clinically research performance related pain and injury in musicians and to develop instrument-specific protocols in prevention and treatment.

Jona holds multiple certifications from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) in personal training, group fitness and is an ACE Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant. In addition, she is certified in: ELDOA I, ELDOA II, Proprioception, Strength and Reinforcement, and Global Postural and Myofascial Stretching, by Dr. Guy Voyer, D.O., working towards certification as a SomaTrainer.

 



 

June 17, 2016

9:00 AM

Wellness Session: Fitness for Musicians / ELDOA


June 18, 2016

9:00 AM

Wellness Session: Fitness for Musicians / ELDOA


June 19, 2016

9:00 AM

Wellness Session: Fitness for Musicians / ELDOA


What is ELDOA?

Chronic aches and pains are all too common, particularly for life-long musicians who experience the effects of repetitive stress on a daily basis. But the benefits of ELDOA (Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation Osteo-Articulaire) can change all that says Jona Beczkiewicz Kerr, founder of the ELDOA Institute of Southern Indiana. Devised by French osteopath Guy Voyer, with whom Kerr was trained and certified, ELDOA are precise postures that “de-coapt” vertebrae or specific joints, providing pain relief and restoring balance to the body.

Some of the immediate and long-term benefits of ELDOA include: injury recovery and prevention, reduced joint inflammation, improved posture, improved recovery time for training, increased flexibility, improved muscle performance and tone, normalization of disc bulges, and reduced stress. 

“There is a posture for every segment of the spine and most joints,” Kerr says. “Dr. Voyer reminds us that a healthy body is an organized matrix of balanced tension. In order to reverse dysfunction, tension must be maintained throughout the body in the ELDOA postures. The ELDOA are intense, but everyone can do them.” In fact, she says, everyone should do ELDOA. “We repeatedly use the same set of body parts in our daily routines and jobs. Through repetitive stress, we become imbalanced and, over time, we are at risk for injury. ELDOA normalizes and rebalances the body through de-coaptation.”

Each posture, once attained, is held for just 60 seconds. “We try to exercise each level of the spine — the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar — in every session,” Kerr says. “And to achieve the most benefit, we encourage participants to ‘build their toolbox’ of postures to practice at home.” There is no typical ELDOA participant, and instruction meets students where they are. “We take it step by step,” Kerr says. “There are factors of progression, so in each class, one builds on everything they have learned.” It isn’t easily explained, but must be experienced, says Kerr. “It can be a therapeutic intervention or it can be a self practice for wellness.”