Stage fright. Pastora Soler, Joaquín Sabina, Pau CasalsPublished by 'Ana Velázquez' on '15/12/2014'

Stage fright is in the news even though we have been treating it for years in CPAE.

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Stage fright or trac is an anxiety state associated to various sympthoms which lead us to stop believing in ourselves.


The professionals who are more affected by it are artists and people whose job is related to the media; there is not one only factor which triggers trac, but many.


Some people suffering from stage fright feel tired and experience shivering, sweating, urgency of going to the toilet, sickness, palpitations and dysphonia. However, other people experience a feeling of guilty or embarrassment, irritability, fear of making mistakes or of the public's opinion. These are simply different ways of experiencing trac.

Therefore, in order to solve the problem, the therapy must be adapted to the type of ansiety the patient has: physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioural. They may have one or more at the same time.


Ana Velázquez, manager of the Centre for Prevention of Injuries in Performing Arts of Barcelona, tells us: "In CPAE we specialise on treating and preventing the synthoms of trac. We do this every day and discreetely for people related with the mass media and the artistic world who want to make the most of their performance.

The objective is not to eliminate trac completely, since to a certain extent it helps us perform even better when the moment of the performance arrives.

A successful treatement needs of a multidisciplinary staff who take into account all these factors: postural and scenic work - giving tools via interpretation -, pysiotherapy and manual respiratory therapy - life is movement and fear paralises muscles and breaing, we must free our tissues from restrictions -, a proper nutrition and physical exercise, emotional therapy - reviewing whatever our beliefs are-, and, finally, the right relaxation technique according to our personality.

Anna Cester, musician, doctor and author of the book El miedo escénico says: "It is not the situations which provoque trac, but the way we interpret them and how much it counts to us. The decision of not acting again is determined by the feeling which the situation triggers; for example, the feeling of guilt or lack of happiness or the feeling of failure. It is not a decision controlled by fear or panic themselves."

This fear may affect any part of our body and make us incapable of carrying out our job, incapable of going on stage. It can appear any time and for very different reasons, even in people who have consolidated successful careers. It may be related to education, a bad experience or our beliefs and irrational fears connected to the moment of going on stage or of performing. It is the lymbic system which makes us go through this very bad time.

Stage fright can be prevented and treated. The success of the treatment lies on the fact that it will be our ally and will help us out.

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