Physical Therapy Support For Dancers

In her dance as well as her physical therapy services, May focuses on the union of body, mind, spirit and motion in healing.

In addition to traditional physical therapy services to assist dancers to heal quickly from their injuries, Kesler Physical & Massage Therapy offers postural and neuromuscular re-education.

Additionally she offers the following services for dancers:


Therapeutic Exercise based on Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique was developed by F. M. Alexander as a way to feel better and move more relaxed and aligned.

It is an effective treatment for repetitive strain injury, backache or stiffness in the neck and shoulder, and for discomfort caused by sitting for long periods in front of a computer.

Additionally, if you are a dancer or athlete and feel you are not performing to your full potential, it is helpful.

The Alexander Technique focuses on inefficient habits of movements and patterns of accumulated tension that interfere with our natural ability to move easily.

It works to change habits in our everyday activities. It is a practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination.

Essentially, it is a kind of reeducation of the mind and body.


Therapeutic Exercise based on the Feldenkrais Technique

The Feldenkrais Technique, developed by Moshé Feldenkrais, helps people increase their ease and range of motion, improve flexibility and coordinate, and rediscover their natural capacity for graceful, efficient movement.

It is a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement.

It is based on the principles of biomechanics, physics, and an understanding of learning and human development.



An experienced choreographer as well as a physical therapist, massage therapist and dancer, May Kessler, PT, MA in Dance is available to do choreography for dance companies.


Floor-Barre Specialized Training For Dancers

Floor-Barre is an extremely effective training practice for dancers. Through it, the body moves in patterns common to ballet and other dance disciplines, but it is free from the usual effects of gravity. The result is that the dancer has the opportunity to correct any bad habits and gain deeper insight of movement principles.

Floor-Barre is also a method of training favored by dancers who are working through injuries. Not only is the technique rehabilitative, but it focuses the dancer’s awareness on their own weaknesses and habits that may have initially prompted their injury and with training, these can be corrected.

This highly specialized training can be used effectively before or outside of class to strengthen a dancer, toning, working and warming up muscles to support the demanding techniques performed in the class.

Floor-Barre dancers training Bethesda