Dancers will try almost anything to
prevent injuries. But what do the experts
recommend? Michelle Rodriguez, a
physical therapist to several top dancers
(including Wendy Whelan) at Manhattan
Physio Group, shares her favorite tools
dancers can use to stay injury-free—
and why she recommends them.
BY JENNIFER STAHL
(Check local spas and physical therapy
offices for availability.)
“Spending time in an infrared sauna can
3 HABITS FOR HEALTH
decrease the length of delayed-onset
muscle soreness. The infrared rays actually
increase the body’s core temperature so
it helps to break down fat-soluble toxins,
increase circulation and bring
oxygenated blood throughout
Physical therapist Michelle Rodriguez suggests all dancers make these part of their routine.
After dancing, roll out your leg muscles. This helps increase circulation and flushes out metabolic toxins
to speed up recovery. Then stretch your hip flexors, quads, hamstrings, calves and turnout muscles to
lengthen the muscles after working them all day. You don’t need to take a lot of time; just be consistent.
As soon as something feels off, see a doctor or physical therapist. The earlier you do, the better the
chances they can catch something before it flares up.
We all have a weak link somewhere, whether it’s our core or one hip that’s tight. Every morning, do a
couple of exercises to activate those areas so that you feel more connected and centered in class.
Hyperice Vyper vibrating roller, $199
“The vibration allows your muscles to
relax more easily, so it increases the
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compression socks, $59.99
“You can use these after
dancing or at night, or even
start class with them on.”