HDC founding member and Immediate Past President, Andrea Downie, and HDC member Amber Downie-Back have a new article, Dancers and Doctors: Communicating with Healthcare Professionals in the May-June 2019 issue of The Dance Current (Volume 22, issue 3). Look for it on newsstands today or view in online HERE.
"Communicating with health-care professionals and dealing with health concerns can be challenging for anyone. This interaction can pose specific challenges for many dancers, who may hesitate to seek help for their health concerns, fearing the counsel they receive will lack an understanding of their lives and practice. Familiar advice, such as “Don’t do that movement” or “You’ll have to take time off” and “A few visits to the massage therapist will help,” can seem frustrating to a dancer who lacks the necessary time and funds to comply."
HDC member, serving on the Board of Directors, Jo-Anne La Flèche's authored The Silence After the Applause, recently published on The Dance Current online magazine. Read it here!
"A simple yet effective way to manage anxious feelings is to use the breath. Take 1 to 2 very slow, deep breaths into the abdomen to the count of 1-2-3-4, hold for 1-2, and breathe out 1-2-3-4. This will elicit a relaxation response that counteracts the physical symptoms, and produces a relaxation response in the brain. It may be necessary to repeat the breathing cycle a few times, with regular breathing cycles in between, to achieve an adequate response. It is important to breathe evenly and slowly. If you feel yourself getting lightheaded, slow your breathing down even more."
Interested in more tools to manage stress? Check out HDC's resource 10 Stress Management Tools for Your Dance Bag.
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