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« on: June 15, 2013, 08:38:50 AM »

I ran across this article about massage for dancers. Even though the article is aimed at non-partner dancers, I think a lot of the observations are very interesting,for example,the suggestion that different types of massage are useful for different dance tasks -- for example, that deep tissue work is good for helping the body recover, but not good for immediately before a performance, because it cause unpredictable lengthening of the muscles.

Anyway.  Here's the article, if you want to read it, but even if not, I have a question for you. Do you use massage as a part of your dance preparation?  If so, what type, and do you feel it helps you?  Any caveats?

http://www.dancemagazine.com/issues/May-2010/Your-Body-Magic-Touch
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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2013, 10:20:32 PM »

Odd that nobody here cares about massage.  Grin


Here's a nifty blog post that broaches the idea of self-massage as a regular part of a dancer's routine.  I bet a lot of us do it without realizing what we're doing.

http://laurastanyer.blogspot.com/2011/07/importance-of-massage-for-dancers.html
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2013, 11:36:38 PM »

never been much of a massage fan... Stretch, yes, rub no
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2013, 12:12:00 AM »

Makes sense although I think it somewhat depends on the kind of massage. Deep tissue, which is what I prefer, uses some rubbing, but focuses more on sustained pressure to attain release than anything else.   Which goes back to the first article, which recommends different types of massage for different purposes.
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2013, 01:04:58 AM »

Yes some people swear by it - so much so I wonder if its a different muscle type; one prone to contractures even.  They describe a 'knot' in the muscle that is relieved by heavy pressure.

Can't say I've ever had anything like it - very very occasional cramp but the last thing I want is someone crushing it!
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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2013, 05:27:46 AM »

It can hurt like the devil while they're doing it.  There've been times when I almost cried on the massage table.  But, if it's done regularly, I develop a feeling of balance and well-being that's hard to describe.
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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2013, 06:58:04 AM »

Phoenix13, that's where my mind was going: massage as part of an overall well-being package - whether you dance or not - feels fabulous!  I stiffen up badly during the work day because I sit at a computer all day and have even set reminders on my computer to walk every hour.  And that stiffness comes with me onto the dance floor.  It takes me about 3 or 4 dances to really warm up.  And my first dance on any given evening is usually something akin to Bride of Frankenstein trying to dance Grin   I actually am looking for massage therapists that are covered by my insurance today - so the topic is very timely.

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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2013, 07:05:32 AM »

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For a while, I was getting a massage every week -- alternating between a deep tissue massage one week and a Swedish massage the following week. I've never felt better in my life.

When I first started, my therapist and I spent a few months with just deep tissue massage -- working out literally years of toxins that had accumulated in the knots in my muscles.  it hurt like crazy,  but after weeks of training myself to hold my body differently, i learned to hold onto less stress in my body.  (That would probably make sense if you're a massage person, but not if you're not.)
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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2013, 01:43:17 AM »

Phoenix13, that's where my mind was going: massage as part of an overall well-being package - whether you dance or not - feels fabulous!  I stiffen up badly during the work day because I sit at a computer all day and have even set reminders on my computer to walk every hour.  And that stiffness comes with me onto the dance floor.  It takes me about 3 or 4 dances to really warm up.  And my first dance on any given evening is usually something akin to Bride of Frankenstein trying to dance Grin   I actually am looking for massage therapists that are covered by my insurance today - so the topic is very timely.



I know exactly what you mean and now in the cold weather I am finding that the joint in my big toe is stiffening up.  My first 15 minutes is pretty grim so when I compete I have to make sure I am really warmed up. A good warm up according to my physio is what that makes you huff and puff.

I love a good sports massage and I have been rubbing my IBT while I walk around the shops or wherever as it is so tight  and when I press into it it literally brings tears to my eyes.
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2013, 05:16:09 AM »

I had forgotten about that. I had one pro who was really, really into foot massage.  I'm not sure if it was shiatsu (which I think is foot massage aimed at holistic healing in other parts of the body, right? *shrug*)

But he swore by a deep massage into the muscles of the feet and did one every day after work as a part of his foot health routine.
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« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2013, 06:32:23 AM »

http://www.danceinforma.com/USA_magazine/2011/04/02/massage-for-dancers/


Really interesting article here.  Talks about a lot of the benefits of massage for dancers, but also cautions that a deep massage may make one feel oyt of sorts or out of alignment for a while afterward.

So I'm guessing that this author, at least, would not recommend a deep tissue massage for the period right before a major performance or competition.
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