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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.

 

Choreography

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.

 

Fascial Flexibility and Fitness for Dancers

Developed by May Kesler, this method is based on her 60 years of dancing and 40 years of physical therapy work. It uses methods from floor work, ballet barre, alignment, anatomy and biotensegrity research guiding the need for stability and flexibility, somatic teachings and improvisation.

Since it is floor based, it is ideal for dancers returning to dance after injury, to help keep the strength and stability if a dancer cant dance for any reason. Evidence based exercises are continually added to strengthen, stabilize hypermobility while increasing use of flexibility.

Teaching on Zoom, on Tuesdays at 730pm to 830 pm, this class can be tailored as a master class to your group or dance studio, or included in your private physical therapy session. Email us for the link! Cost is by $10 donation for the Zoom class for 2020.

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Now offering online Fascia Fitness and Flexibility class. Tuesday 7:30pm-8:30pm EST on Zoom. Email us for the link!
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