You can develop aches just by doing something seemingly innocuous, such as climbing up and down stairs, lying down the wrong way, or by being too sedentary; what more with performing unnatural movements, stretches, and choreography steps?
Dancers: Divided in Style, United in Pain
Body aches are something that all dancers share, no matter what their discipline is. There are so many styles of dance, and they all present their own set of hazards. Even the mildest waltz can elicit pains. Ballroom dancing may give you the impression of being genteel, but it’s virtually a spectator sport. You can bet that the ballroom dance floor has been a constant witness to some really incredible acrobatic stunts – not to mention wipe-outs.
Of course, you have classical ballet and jazz as well, both of which require the ability to do the most difficult bodily contortions and make them look graceful. Training can be so brutal that you can literally expect those satin slippers to have blood on them.
You can’t leave out the contemporary styles either, especially hip-hop, street dance, and break dance. B-boying in particular calls for crazy ninja moves. The dancers make everything look so easy and fluid, but you can bet that they’re icing various body parts the day after.
No matter their style, however, the dancers are united in their pain, particularly in muscle cramps.
Cramping and other common dance pains
Cramping can strike dancers anytime. It can happen while their body is completely relaxed in slumber or right in the middle of a performance. It’s one of the most common aches that dancers suffer from and that prevent them from doing their best. Many have learned to live with the pain and have devised their own ways of dealing with it. As it happens, massage is a popular recourse for addressing cramps.
At times, however, dancing injuries are more serious than usual and they need to be treated for the body to regain normal movement. Besides the usual muscle cramps, dancer pain also often stems from muscle strain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, or stress fracture. Massage therapy is often the preferred healing option.
Massage – A must in a dancer’s routine
It’s logical to get a massage after the onset of pain, but what dancers should realise is that it should be part of their routine, even before they strain their muscles. Massage therapy is a wonder at optimising the body’s movement and capabilities. It primes the dancers for performance, allowing their bodies to go beyond the usual limitations as well as decreasing their susceptibility to injury.
One way massage improves flexibility, stability, and balance is by resetting the Emmett Master Points. This refers to the Emmett Technique, which is about the sequence of muscle activation points tapped to unlock muscle memory, thereby enabling the brain to re-evaluate the cause of the neuromuscular problem. This is a combination of light pressure and language used to reprogram the mind and instil a more accepting attitude.
The massage involved in this treatment is different from the standard acupressure used by most therapists. Pressure application is not meant to be painful. It’s all about the right amount of pressure applied in the right direction for the right length of time. Not many practitioners are trained and certified to carry out this revolutionary technique, but London dancers who want to experience this kind of massage therapy can go to Ben Pianese of Massaggi.
Dance injury prevention and specialist massage therapy for dancers
Pianese has specialist experience in treating dancers. With all the twisting and bending that they do, their lower back is sure to take a hit, which is why it is quite usual for them to seek massage therapy can go to Ben Pianese of Massaggi. Thanks to Pianese’s expert massage skill and knowledge, they are delivered from agony. Indeed, many dancers and dance teachers have raved about their Massaggi sessions’ resulting pain relief and improved mobility.
Pianese has also earned praise from Yitzhak “Isaac” Sinwani who has pronounced him the most proficient therapist for deep tissue massage in London. Sinwani is a spiritual singer who performed with Madonna on her Confessions Tour.
He also serves as inspiration for the diva’s song, “Isaac.” Pianese helped Sinwani in resolving the latter’s neck and shoulder blade spasms — something that members of Madonna’s dance troupe took special interest in, keeping in mind their own aches and pains. Dancing, after all, is an extremely physical occupation. Retirement comes early for many. To enjoy a long and fulfilling career, dancers need to make sure that they keep their bodies strong and in prime dancing condition; massage can help them achieve this.
Sports massage – is dancing a sport?
Sports massage is the application of massage techniques and therapy protocols for the purpose of treating an athlete. This could be done pre-event, post-event, during recovery and rehabilitation, or during maintenance for any of the following intents: to warm up, increase blood flow, improve flexibility, increase strength, recover from exertion, stimulate neurological pathways, etc. Non-athletes may also take advantage of sports massage, but even if it were exclusive to athletes, dancers would still be eligible.
Many consider dancing a sport. Dance competitions could be as physically gruelling as any sports match. And not to put down chess, but if it could be considered a sport with players just sitting there, pensively eyeing the board, the more competitive dancing should be. After all, dancers are more likely to incur the same injuries as football or basketball players. That’s not to say that grandmasters can’t get hurt playing chess. As mentioned before, people can sustain injury doing virtually nothing.
Nonetheless, a pain that is common among athletes, both physical and mental, is back ache. This is certainly a frequent complaint among dancers, and it’s hard to get rid of. Those who have not responded well to physiotherapy and osteopathy are excited to turn to the effective new treatment for back pain: Emmett Sports Massage.
Emmett sports massage (ESM) for injured dancers
Emmett Sports Massage is a precise technique that follows the philosophy of re-setting specific points of recognition to balance the feet and improve the body’s general stability as quickly as possible. Dancers majorly benefit from this therapy approach, which induces increased flexibility, strength, speed, coordination, and endurance.
Dancers often deal with ankle and foot injuries, muscle pain, and joint stiffness. ESM helps resolve these issues by re-setting the body to address joints, ligaments, and tendons, as well as the Emmett master points, muscle tensional system, and myofascial meridians. Clients are more than satisfied with the wonderful, performance-changing results.
Congruent with the Emmett Technique, ESM involves a free flow of communication among the brain, spinal cord, and muscles. It is safe, non-invasive, and effective – a wondrous alternative to the usual painful massage treatments. With ESM, injured dancers do not have to put themselves through more hurts to achieve muscular balance as well as tension and pain relief.
Dancers lead a very unique lifestyle that involves a powerful melange of passion, aptitude, talent, training, and discipline. To them, dancing is not only a way of life; it is life. For this reason, it is to their advantage that they get acquainted with a massage specialist who can help them enjoy a long and happy career.