Rehabilitation & Performance Wellness
Performing artists place unique demands on their bodies as they walk the line of athleticism & artistry. Having a healthcare professional who understands the demands of your movement style, be it classical, contemporary, aerial, or acrobatic can keep you performing at your highest potential and minimize injury down time & deconditioning. As a modern dancer myself, I understand many of these unique demands and as a physical therapist I'm well-versed in identifying and treating movement patterns that lead to injury. With the skilled care I provide we can prevent injuries before they happen, or expedite return to class/performance in the event of one.
This service is usually held in the studio and facilitated by the director or instructor. It is used to help the dancer progress technical aspects they may be struggling with, and in cases which they are having discomfort during specific movements determine how to remedy it.
Pre-season assessments should be performed to determine areas in which the dancer should concentrate during the semester to maintain injury free participation and ensure optimal technique progression.
GYROTONIC® Method Private Session
The Gyrotonic Method utilizes specialized equipment to guide, assist and challenge the dancer. It can be tailored to address your specific goals whether they be strength, increased range of motion, injury preventions, or rehabilitation. This movement practice also incorporates breath awareness & rhythm to promote cardiovascular stamina with movement efficiency.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule and ask about the dancer's discount.
* This service is only available at Elements Center in Glover Park.
Progressing Ballet Technique Classes
"PBT is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program that focuses on core strength, weight placement, and alignment of the body with a gradual approach of carefully designed exercises and repetitions of these exercises that trigger their muscle memory. Marie Walton-Mahon designed the program with a safe dance methodology to promote a long, healthy dance career."
Classes can be held in group or individual setting. If you are a studio looking to add PBT to your curriculum, send a message for more details to email@example.com
Pointe Readiness Assessment
Research shows that traditional methods of determining a dancer's readiness to begin pointe work such as age, number of years dancing, & skeletal maturity don't take into account foot strength & mobility, balance, and proper alignment needed to stay safely over the box of the shoe.
This service methodically looks at each of the major aspects needed for your dancer to safely get onto their pointe shoes and equips them with the exercises needed ensure safety once they begin working en pointe.
* It is recommended to have a Pointe Readiness Assessment 1-2 semesters prior to getting fitted for their first pair of shoes.
Backstage Physical Therapy
Performers spend significantly more time leading up to a show rehearsing, which can lead to repetitive stress injuries if not caught early. This service can keep you in the show and performing at your peak. Often held pre-show, performers receive one-on-one treatment which may include manual therapy (deep tissue, myofascial release, joint mobilization, cupping, dry needling and taping techniques) to help restore proper motion allowing your muscles to function more effectively, reduce pain, and improve body mechanics. These sessions also often include exercise, education for post-show management, and in some cases triage of serious injury to get the performer the proper medical attention required.
Strength & Conditioning Sessions
This service can be held in a group or individual setting. It utilizes a combined exercise approach for injury prevention & performance enhancement and draws upon traditional strength & conditioning principles, alongside aspects of Pilates, Floor Barre, PBT®, GYROTONIC® method, and traditional physical therapy. This service is tailored to your needs as a performing artist.
"Thank you for your care. You are an amazing PT not only for the physical relief and help you give, but also for your kindness. It is actually fun to go to physical therapy because of you!"
"Jessi takes the time to get to know her patients and helps you to understand how to listen to your body while challenging you to make progress towards your wellness goals"