Since being extremely sore and stiff one day after my performance, I researched ways to recover, fast! Thank God for the internet, where answers are at your fingertips!! Here are 7 things dancers should consider and incorporate in their lives if they want a long dance career and a quickly healed body:
#1 Get enough rest/sleep for your body. If you can afford to, go to bed at a decent hour and allow your natural body’s biological rhythm to wake you up. This will bring your body in restoration as it determines how much rest it need to operate.
#2 Have a massage. If you don’t have access to one, self-massage your muscles gently. Always stroke towards the heart and not away from it.
#3 Eat the best nutritional diet for your body type. An overall balanced diet is great, but listening to and feeding your body what it needs is best. Are there any nutrient deficiencies? Does your body function at its optimum with certain foods? Are you craving anything specific?
#4 Stretch it. Stretching your body will not only prevent atrophy, but relax and prepare it for future use again.
#5 Add protein to your diet. Eating veggies and fruit alone will not give you the energy and endurance you need to heal and work.
#6 Think positive thoughts. Your thoughts will reflect in your body and performance. Think and focus on lovely and wonderful things. You attract and manifest things by your thoughts, so think wisely!
#7 Speak good things to yourself. What you say and believe is what you’ll have and you can speed up recovery and better your performance with purposed words. Say optimistic and strategic things to yourself and your body will be good to you too.