The Emotional Practice Environment: How Thoughts and Moods Can Influence Muscle States and Injury Risk; Jennie Morton; December 8, 2017

Presenter: Jennie Morton

Habitual thought patterns and current emotional states are not always considered in the development of musculoskeletal injury.  This presentation will explore the neurobiological mechanisms that allow emotions and thought patterns to influence muscle tension and the perception of pain, and provide strategies for recognizing and managing these issues in both practice and performance.

Jennie Morton is a former classical ballet dancer, musical theater performer, and lead singer with a Big Band, who is now a Registered Osteopath specializing in treating instrumental musicians, vocalists and dancers.  She is the Wellness Professor at the Colburn School, adjunct faculty at Chapman University (College of Performing Arts), is on the Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), and the Health and Wellness Committee for the International Society for Music Education (ISME).  She was instrumental in creating the MSc Performing Arts Medicine degree program at University College London, for whom she remains an Honorary Lecturer, and has published many articles in the field of Performing Arts Medicine.  Her book, “The Authentic Performer: Wearing A Mask and The Effect On Health” was published in 2015.