Self care on the dance floor
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Drink water during and after sessions
bring layers of clothing
Shower / bathe after the session
Checking in with yourself at the end of the session
Do your muscles need easing out before getting on your bike / walking to the tube ?
Do you feel grounded ? - if not check in with me / ask in the closing circle wether anyone is walking the same way as you
Email me if you are concerned about any aspect of what’s happening with you on the dance floor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Its not unknown to hit some sort of wall as your practice deepens.
Do you need to shift your diet / modify ?
e.g When I started dancing I felt incredibly sick and weak after a while to the point of going to bed at weekends and considering wether this was good for me. I had my hair analysed and calcium wasn’t being absorbed well. Symptoms disappeared once I caught on to this.
Are you out of your zone of tolerance at times on the dance floor ?
How to stay within your window of tolerance
Turn the dial down on your dance ( If you are dancing at the intensity of 10 , maybe try 6 for a while )
keep track of your speed limit ( Are you going quicker / closer than feels safe for you in partnerships for example , are you aware of where your body is in space ? How close you are to other movers ? ).
Connecting with breath
Find a way to ground yourself - dropping down into your thighs maybe, activating your legs (lots of possibilities here),
final option - putting up your hand
The dance doesn't answer everything and sometimes its important to turn towards a good therapist as well