Conscious Touring Programme
A unique holistic “body/mind/spirit” approach to touring in 2023, provided by qualified experts with lived and professional experience. We know this area inside out through our own personal and professional experience, and have access to the best wellness practitioners – from physical trainers, yoga/pilates instructors, physiotherapists, acupuncturists or massage therapists, to nutritionists, clinicians, coaches, and counsellors.
With Attune in your corner, positive mental health and well-being on tour have never been so achievable.
‘In the post-pandemic touring world, ensuring a healthy, positive and nurturing touring environment is no longer an option, it’s a duty. Gruelling tours to make up for lost time and income during lockdown have backfired and the industry is seeing a growing number of cancellations citing mental health recently.
Bringing a new level of consciousness to planning and undertaking a tour can make the difference between a fruitful, productive tour and an unhappy, toxic tour more likely to be detrimental to your clients’ wellbeing and mental health.
When you sign up for The Conscious Touring Programme, we will assess your touring needs from an individual and holistic perspective, create and facilitate a bespoke plan to optimise the overall well-being, physical and mental health of your artists and employees while on tour or other demanding travel based activities.
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Nutrition and Functional Nutrition
Functional nutrition can play an important role in promoting mental health and wellbeing for artists on tour. By providing individualised dietary recommendations based on a person’s unique needs and health goals, functional nutrition can help artists and the team around them to plan for and maintain a healthy diet, including exactly the right supplements when necessary – which can support their mental health and wellbeing.
One key benefit of functional nutrition for artists on tour is its ability to support healthy brain function. Research has shown that certain nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and magnesium, can play a key role in supporting brain health and function. By ensuring that artists are getting the nutrients they need to support healthy brain function, functional nutrition can help to reduce the risk of mental health issues and improve cognitive performance.
In addition to supporting healthy brain function, functional nutrition can also help to reduce inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation has been linked to a range of mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. By providing dietary recommendations that are rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids, functional nutrition can help to reduce inflammation in the body and support mental health.
Another benefit of functional nutrition for artists on tour is its ability to support healthy gut function. The gut-brain axis is a bidirectional communication pathway between the gut and the brain, and research has shown that disruptions to this pathway can contribute to the development of mental health issues. By providing dietary recommendations that support healthy gut function, such as probiotics and fiber-rich foods, functional nutrition can help to support the gut-brain axis and promote mental health.
Functional nutrition can also help artists to manage stress and improve their mood. Certain nutrients, such as magnesium and B vitamins, have been shown to play a role in reducing stress and anxiety. By providing dietary recommendations that are rich in these nutrients, functional nutrition can help artists to manage the stress of touring and improve their mood.
Finally, functional nutrition can help artists to develop healthy eating habits that can support their mental health and wellbeing over the long term. By providing education and support around healthy eating habits, functional nutrition can help artists to develop a healthy relationship with food and maintain a healthy diet even after the tour is over.
Functional nutrition has a range of benefits for the mental health and well-being of artists on tour. By providing individualised dietary recommendations based on a person’s unique needs and health goals, functional nutrition can support healthy brain function, reduce inflammation, support healthy gut function, manage stress, and promote healthy eating habits. As such, functional nutrition has the potential to play an important role in promoting the mental health and well-being of artists on tour and should be considered as an important component of a holistic approach to mental health care.
Exercise and Fitness
Regular physical exercise is absolutely essential for maintaining a healthy heart, mind, and sense of balance. Incorporating a routine of individually tailored physical activity into the touring routine can improve not only cardiovascular and physical health but is increasingly being recognised as a natural way of boosting mood and cognitive function, and promoting overall well-being. Regular physical activity can help to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, and can also improve sleep quality, overall energy levels, and help to alleviate some of the less favourable effects for those who are not neurotypical.
Attune will assess and meet your touring exercise needs. Whether it’s providing a Personal Trainer to travel with you for the duration of the tour, or for a shorter period to develop good habits with remote follow-up via video sessions, we’ll find a solution to fit your needs and budget.
Depending on your touring needs we can also arrange for qualified Yoga and/or Pilates instructors, massage therapists or Physiotherapists to join the tour for short bursts or longer times.
Coaching, Counselling and Psychotherapy
It’s possible that for a multitude of reasons, life on tour can become a major struggle. It’s vital that artists are given the necessary resources to maximise their mental health and well-being and identify and mitigate any risks.
Whilst Coaching looks at the present, what the future possibilities might be, and how to get there, Counselling takes this self-reflection to a deeper level, and Psychotherapy looks at healing past traumas and more complex issues. We can assess which would be most valuable and appropriate for you to find what you are looking for.
Attune is hugely experienced in all elements of providing mental health and well-being services for touring artists.
Whether it’s a diagnosed or undiagnosed condition, a mental health or existential crisis, disillusion, boredom, inertia, depression, isolation, euphoria, difficult responses to rejection or adulation, inability to deal with the physical realities and implications of touring, unhealthy behaviours, coping mechanisms or mindsets, group dynamics, relational issues, a toxic environment – or a myriad of other issues – Attune can provide the right person or team and manage it seamlessly.
Coaching and psychotherapy can address a host of emotional and practical issues and enable balance, stability, improved emotional awareness and regulation and healthier communication. It can help to change mindsets and break negative thinking, helping people move from vicious circles to virtuous cycles.
When there are deeper underlying issues, it’s often the case that this kind of work on tour is about managing symptoms and conditions, and this is acceptable so long as there is no significant risk. Where deeper, trauma-based work is needed this can be arranged in an appropriate and safe environment once the tour is finished. However, the correct treatment needs to happen at the right time, especially when there is a crisis or risk. Attune can help you make this assessment and take the necessary actions.
Dispute and Conflict Resolution
Dispute resolution is a vital part of any system, and it goes beyond simply mediating between parties to find a mutually agreeable solution. It involves understanding the interpersonal dynamics between individuals, as well as exploring the underlying causes of conflict. This often requires looking at family of origin roles, transactional analysis roles, and drama triangle roles.
In the context of a band on tour, understanding family of origin roles can be incredibly important for resolving disputes – as most of the time, individuals will bring their family of origin roles with them into their new family of choice.
Family of origin roles refer to the patterns of behavior that individuals learn within their families of origin. These patterns of behavior often carry over into other areas of their lives, including their work and personal relationships.
For example, if a band member grew up as the “golden child” in their family, they may be used to receiving a lot of attention and praise. If they feel like they are not receiving the same level of attention or recognition within the band, this could lead to conflict. Understanding the role that their family of origin played in shaping their behavior can help the other band members to better understand and empathize with their perspective.
Similarly, transactional analysis roles can also be useful for resolving disputes. Transactional analysis is a psychotherapeutic approach that examines how people interact with each other. In transactional analysis, individuals are assigned one of three roles: parent, adult, or child.
If a band member is consistently playing the “parent” role, they may come across as overly critical or controlling. This can create tension within the band, especially if the other members feel like they are not being treated as equals. Understanding these dynamics can help the band members to communicate more effectively and avoid misunderstandings.
The drama triangle is another useful framework for understanding interpersonal dynamics. The drama triangle refers to the roles of victim, rescuer, and persecutor. When individuals are stuck in the drama triangle, conflict can quickly escalate and become difficult to resolve.
For example, if one band member is consistently playing the victim role, they may feel like they are being mistreated by the other members. If another member takes on the role of rescuer, they may feel like they need to constantly support and validate the victim. This can create a cycle of conflict that is difficult to break out of.
By understanding these roles and patterns of behavior, individuals can become more self-aware and better able to communicate effectively. They can also develop a greater sense of empathy and understanding towards others, which can help to prevent conflict from arising in the first place.
In addition to these frameworks, there are a number of other techniques and strategies that can be used to resolve disputes. These may include conflict coaching and problem-solving. The specific approach used will depend on the needs of the individuals involved and the nature of the conflict.
Conflict focused coaching involves working one-on-one with an individual to help them develop the communication skills and strategies they need to manage conflict effectively. while collaborative problem-solving involves bringing all parties together to brainstorm solutions and work towards a common goal.
In all cases, the goal of dispute resolution is to find a solution that is acceptable to all parties involved. This requires a willingness to listen to others, to be open to new ideas and perspectives, and to be flexible and creative in finding solutions. It’s all about good conscious communication.
Alternative dispute resolution is a complex and multifaceted process that goes beyond simply mediating between parties. It involves understanding the interpersonal dynamics between individuals, as well as exploring the underlying causes of conflict. By using frameworks such as family of origin roles, transactional analysis roles, and the drama triangle, individuals can become more self-aware and better able to communicate effectively. This, in turn, can help to prevent conflict from arising in the first place and can lead to more effective and collaborative solutions.
Addiction Recovery and Mental Health Support
Early recovery from addiction can be a daunting and challenging time, particularly for artists in the music industry who are constantly on the move. Being on tour can exacerbate stress and lead to relapse without a supportive and secure environment. Thus, it is paramount to provide an environment that fosters reassurance and support for artists in early recovery from addiction, and Attune is uniquely placed to provide this kind of service.
The first step in providing support for someone in early recovery on tour is to create a nurturing and reassuring environment. This environment includes providing access to resources that can help them stay sober, such as coaching, therapy, and 12-step meetings, as well as providing them with a safe place to stay away from potential triggers.
During early recovery, individuals need to develop new coping mechanisms and alternative habits to help them transition into a new phase of their lives. These can include activities like meditation, exercise, and finding positive ways to spend time on the road or backstage. It’s also important to be aware of the post-performance adrenaline rush and the post-performance come-down, both of which can be triggers for relapse. Developing a plan to address these challenges and having the support of Attune can be crucial for individuals in early recovery.
Learning to say no is a crucial part of early recovery, particularly for individuals who are used to high-pressure environments where substance use is common. Attune can help these individuals develop a plan to say no and provide the support needed to stick to recovery goals.
Building recovery capital is also important, and Attune can help individuals in early recovery develop a sense of purpose, build positive relationships, and find ways to give back to the community. Developing a sense of recovery consciousness is also essential. It involves learning to appreciate and love being sober, to recognize the positive changes that come with recovery, and to develop new ways of thinking. Attune offers coaching that puts this approach front and center.
Attune also recognizes the importance of supporting artists who may be suffering from other mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression. Touring can exacerbate these conditions, leading to a highly stimulating and high-stress environment. Attune can provide experienced people who understand these issues, create a safe and secure environment, and help artists feel comfortable sharing their struggles and receiving support.
Attune offers a comprehensive range of services that can help artists in early recovery from addiction and other mental health conditions. By creating a reassuring and supportive environment, Attune can help individuals transition into a new phase of their lives and develop the skills and habits needed to stay sober and thrive.