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Tommi originally trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and worked as a performer in dance and music theatre for over 20 years internationally and in London’s West End.
By the later half of his career, he developed a passion for the art of massage, in particular sports massage and its health benefits; and he also qualified as a Pilates instructor. It was this interest in integrating therapies which led him to later train as an Osteopath at the British School of Osteopathy, graduating in 2009.
In 2013, he officially graduated from University College London as one of the first students with the new M.Sc degree in Performing Arts Medicine, the first course of its kind in the world, focusing on the specific issues concerning actors, singers, dancers, instrumentalists and other performers.
Areas of special interest include breathing and voice. His M.Sc research project involved a previously untested and researched area: breathing whilst singing and dancing simultaneously, testing West End Musical theatre performers as they performed extracts from their shows.
Diplomas & Certificates
Other courses / Continuous Professional Development:
Head/Neck/Throat/Thoracics - Voice, TMJ, Respiratory integration (Caroline Stone)
Sliiden, Beck, MacDonald; An evaluation of the breathing strategies and maximum phonation time in musical theatre performers during controlled performance tasks; Journal of Voice. March 2017Volume 31, Issue 2, Pages 253.e1–253.e11
Tommis M.Sc research project, subsequently published in a medical journal, have been presented at ASPAH (The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare) 2015 symposium in Sydney; and at ISPS 2017-International Symposium on Performance Science, in Reykjavik, as well as training days for the British Voice Association, 2018; The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, 2017 and for the M.Sc students at UCL in 2017.
The project involved a previously untested and researched area: breathing whilst singing and dancing simultaneously, testing West End Musical theatre performers as they performed extracts from their shows.
Full paper can be retrieved from Journal of Voce web site jvoice.org.
Key words: Musical Theatre Performers; Respiration; Maximum Phonation Time; Relative Oxygen Uptake; Heart Rate.