Summer is always an exciting time for Dance & Company and the entire dance family!
With Production preparation underway – combined rehearsals, dress rehearsals, tech rehearsals, picture day – #dancelife does require that we get a little rest, so we can be our best!
We’re here to remind you to take a break, and take advantage of the down time provided to you so your body get the can rest it deserves.
Your hard work and dedication is admired and appreciated, but we also want you to learn to take care of yourself.
Remember the day before production is always a rest day for instructors and dancers. Did you know it’s planned that way to ensure each and every one of us are prepared mentally and physically for the big day? It is!
Here are a few things you can do post-Production to make sure you rejuvenate after the show.
Remove all your makeup. As tired as you may be after production day it’s so important to remove all your make up. Wash your face with warm water and let your pores breath.
Stretch. Keep the blood flowing in your muscles by giving them a good stretch. Let your body cool down and always remember to breathe while stretching. Use a foam roller or ask your parents for a mini massage to loosen up the muscles you used most, like your calves, hamstrings, quads and/or your biceps.
Eat good food! As tempting it may be to eat a whole pizza by yourself, think again. Your body needs some protein and good carbohydrates (aka vegetables) to rebuild those hard working dance muscles. Have a plan for what you’ll eat after the show and during that week off. It’s okay to treat yo’self too, just be careful not to go overboard. And don’t forget to drink lots and lots of water.
Soak your feet in epsom salt and warm water. Give those dancing feet a reward with a 20 minute epsom soak! According to Seasalt.com, epsom salt is known to sooth the body, mind and soul. It also helps reduce inflammation, relieves muscle cramps and releases toxins from the body. You can even buy scented epsom salt, like lavender, for a more relaxing experience. Because epsom salt works so hard, it’s suggested you rest for at least 2 hours after your soak.
Sleep! This seems obvious, right?! Well, with all the excitement and adrenaline after the show sometimes getting sleep can be a challenge. After celebrating with your loved ones, make sure you take a hot shower, put on some PJs and get ready for bed. If you can’t sleep write in a journal and reflect on your day or read a good book to help you catch some z’s. Your body will need some rest after a long day.
These are just a few things you can do right after the show and throughout the week to take care of yourself.
How are you planning on resting post-production?! Share your tips in the comments below.
Author Bio: Angela Quisumbing is a dance mom to a beautiful little girl! She is the founder and editor of The Pinky Project, a local community family and lifestyle blog where she writes and shares her adventures in parenting. Her daughter is in Hip Hop and is finally starting to take Mat Pilates with Miss Lisa!