Ep 6: Body Mapping with Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer Johnson played as principal second violinist of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and second violin of the Atlantic String Quartet from 1993-2004.
After a playing-related injury in 2004, Jennifer studied the Alexander Technique and trained and licensed in Body Mapping with Founder Barbara Conable. She now gives workshops internationally, teaching musicians to move according to the design of their bodies to address and prevent playing injuries.
Jennifer has been on faculty of the New York Philharmonic’s Zarin Mehta Program and has presented Body Mapping workshops to orchestras and festivals, conferences and music schools including the The Finnish National Opera and The Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival. She was a keynote speaker at the Australian String Teachers’ Association 2015 Conference. She teaches ongoing workshops and lessons at Memorial University of Newfoundland, maintains an active private studio and performs regularly.
Jennifer has written two books on Body Mapping: What Every Violinist Needs to Know about the Body and Teaching Body Mapping to Children. Her books have been translated into French and Japanese.
in this episode
It was a great treat to speak with Jennifer in person in my office in St. John’s! We explored:
Jennifer’s background as a violinist
How her search to find relief from chronic pain led her around the world and, eventually, to Body Mapping
What Body Mapping is and how it differs from Alexander Technique
How Body Mapping can help with injury prevention and rehabilitation
Mis-mappings”: what they are, how they occur, and how to correct them
How the language we use affects the brain’s relationship to the body
The musician as mover
How the quality of our movement relates to the quality of our sound
Myths about pain and anatomy
Teaching Body Mapping to children
Andover Educators website where you can find teachers and resources about Body Mapping.
Video of cheetah running in slow motion.