Unsurprisingly the life of a dancer is very similar to that of an elite athlete - we get injuries! We are constantly pushing our bodies to the extreme, asking more and more each day. There are two major areas of concern in our daily lives as dancers: prevention and rehabilitation. Prevention happens alongside our daily schedule and can be as simple as 30 minutes general Pilates before class or an ice bath after a show.
In reality we tend to exist in an inbetween state where we're dealing with an ongoing 'niggle' that requires physiotherapy, ice and massage - it can be a bit dull so we usually kill two birds with one stone. Like now actually, I'm writing this while icing my calves! Constantly maintaining your body can make you feel really down at times. Especially after a show when all you to want do is go out, and celebrate, but know you need to ice bath if you want to be able to move the next day. It's just another part of a dancers life!
Ashley having a lower leg ice bath. Great for inflammation and fatigue, really revives the area.
I'm having physio with Moira. One of the physios in our team.
Akane is in the ice boot. This machine not only pumps cold but also has bouts of compression. Again great for inflammation.
Nicol is using the Compex machine. It promotes muscle activation.
Ben creating his own miniature knee pads for under tights. Stops bleeding when doing a big jump straight to your one knee.
I'm in the 'Recovery Boots'. The have slight compression with warmth. They revive the legs and leave with you a nice tingly sensation like you just been in a hot bath for 4 hrs.
Ryo is killing two birds with one stone here. While using the Recovery boots he is also having some acupuncture on his back.
David is using a miniature ice bath for one foot. Incredibly intense but excellent for recovery.
Nats in an ice bath. Great for your legs after a hard show like 'Swan Lake', especially if you have another show or two the next day !