The Wellness Movement. (Dear Reader)

By Ingle, Gary L. | American Music Teacher, June-July 2003 | Go to article overview

The Wellness Movement. (Dear Reader)


Ingle, Gary L., American Music Teacher


In an article entitled "The Wellness Movement," C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. traced the roots of the wellness movement back to the days of the ancient Greeks and the Olympic Games (see www.shealyhealthnet.com/wellness_movement.htm).

Over the past thirty years, the movement has expanded exponentially to include emphases on nutrition, physical exercise and various body therapy approaches, including Alexander, Rolfing and Feldenkreis, to name but a few. The increasing interest in wellness, of course, has had a profound impact on musicians, especially over the last ten years.

MTNA has been a leader in the "musician wellness" movement for many years. In addition to conference sessions and AMT articles on the subject, the MTNA "Annotated Bibliography on Musician Wellness," compiled by MTNA member Linda Cockey, serves as a primary resource for all who are interested in the topic. In fact, the result of a brief web search on "musician wellness" designates this resource in the first two entries. …

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