The Authentic Performer: Wearing A Mask & The Effect On Health. Compton Publishing – May 2015
Jennie Morton’s new book now available online from Amazon, Waterstones, Barnes & Noble and all major online booksellers.
This book is written from the author’s own perspectives as a dancer, musical theatre performer, actress and professional singer from the age of two years old and, latterly, as an Osteopath specializing in the treatment of performing artists. Blending this experience and expertise, Jennie Morton uniquely draws together the physiological, psychological and socio-cultural aspects of being a performer, and views them in the context of health and wellbeing. Illuminated with interviews with leading performers from many disciplines, including Paul Roberts, lead singer of The Stranglers and Stefan Dennis, actor and cast member of Australian television series, Neighbours, the book provides detailed information on the physiological processes behind performing arts related injuries giving the reader the information to better manage their own health. Crucially, the author examines the culture of training in the performing arts and how best to prepare student performers for life in the profession. This issue is particularly pertinent to the author, who posits that the ‘wearing of a mask’ is inherent in many performers and is sometimes seen to be a prerequisite of many performing arts professions.
Drum Clinic – Injury Focus: Tendonitis – Rhythm Magazine, March 2011
A look at one of the most common drumming injuries and its prevention and management
The Virtuoso Foot – Clinical Rheumatology, May 2013
This article focuses primarily on the dancer’s foot and ankle, but it should not be overlooked that musicians such as drummers, pianists, keyboard players, organists and harpists also use their feet on the instrument pedals and are therefore also prone to injuries in this anatomical area.
Voice And Dance Technique Integration – Triple Threat Or Double Trouble? – Article for US Voice & Speech Review 2013
Being a multi-disciplinary performer is becoming increasingly necessary for survival in the competitive world of the performing arts, nowhere more so than in our musical theatre productions.
Osteopathy In The Arts – The Osteopath, April/ May 2013
Osteopathy has often been referred to as a blend of science and art. Our training is based on sound anatomical and physiological knowledge, while we have the freedom to be creative with treatment to ensure an individualised outcome for our patients. The comparison with the performing arts is clearly evident, with performers spending many years in focussed technical training to produce performances that are a unique and individual expressive experience every time.
Dance Injuries – The Stage, February 2013
How should I manage dance injuries (or avoid them completely if at all possible?). Expert advice from Jennie Morton (Dance Osteopath) & Amy Thake (Dancer).
Osteopathy For Singers – iSing Magazine, September 2014
Short article about the Osteopathic approach to treating vocalists.