Boom! 2019 kicked off and it was like being shot out of a fierce, fiery cannon.
This is imagery that my Director, Alison Cook Beatty gave to us for our first entrance onto the stage in our last show. The physicality of the past week and a half has been a lot, but I will say I am enjoying the ride.
I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to start the new year off with Alison Cook Beatty Dance (ACBD) rehearsals and two performances for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) in NYC.
It was all very exciting and emotionally driven, since this was my last week as a company member with ACBD. I made the bittersweet decision to leave, so I would be available for other opportunities. Therefore, I truly cherished all the hard work, sweat, and blood (here and there) that came along with the preparation process with this special group of super-humans. Dancers are both athletes and artists, without a doubt. The physicality, in-the-moment mental processing, and emotional investment are all integral parts of successfully executing the vision of the choreographer.
This extreme combination can have a taxing effect on the body, so it's important to find ways to rest and recover. There are many remedies that dancers and other athletes utilize to speed up and make the recovery process tolerable - especially since we don’t usually have the luxury of taking too much time to recover. We are repairing our bodies while continuing rehearsals for something else (or teaching, choreographing, modeling, working, hustling around the City…and then some). Life keeps moving, so how do we keep up?
Some critical MUST-HAVEs for me:
Arnica (gel or cream)
Po Sum On Medicated Oil
These are my top contenders for an enjoyable recovery.
I am bath-lover, for sure. I treat myself to regular soaks in the tub-a-tub-tub, and I feel no shame for that sumptuous investment of time. It is ideal at night before bed, so I can actually dose off into a comatose state of slumber. However, I have been known to take a morning bath from time-to-time, prior to rehearsal, if I can’t physically roll down without feeling like I’ll snap.
It’s normal to be sore when we exert ourselves physically.
It’s also good to remember that although adequate rest is required, moving the body helps get that lactic acid out of the muscles, which is partially responsible for that sensation of soreness. Let’s not forget to flush out those toxins with LOTS of water! Hydration is key.
I feel better in knowing that there are ways to counteract the immense effort that it often takes to get where we want to go. Find pleasure in the work and satisfaction in giving yourself well-deserved tender loving care!