Yet again we find ourselves in ‘Strictly Season’ and the number of people ‘hitting the dance floor’ continues to increase in the UK. Dance is one of the fastest growing leisure activities with more than 4.8 million people attending classes and groups across the country.
Like some of the ‘Strictly’ competitors many people taking up dancing haven’t participated in any form of physical activity for a number of years. As we all know, easing yourself back in is key to avoiding unnecessary injuries. However people do underestimate how physically demanding dancing is and inevitably injuries occur. Already on Strictly this year there have been 3 major injuries including a sprained wrist a recurring back injury and a broken nose, who say’s dancing is for the faint hearted!
To ‘keep dancing’, as Brucie enthusiastically tells us, involves both listening to our bodies and having injuries treated to avoid them becoming serious. Developing a relationship with an experienced sports masseur can be an effective way of helping you do both. Seeing a massage therapist on a regular basis can also help to:
- Improve your overall performance
- Prevent injuries from occurring
- Enhance your recovery
Having an assessment with a sports masseur also enables you to discuss how best to go about preparing yourself for a dancing session. This will involve showing you stretching techniques, to ensure you correctly warm up and warm down and what to eat and drink to keep you energised and hydrated. Perhaps most importantly, after your initial massage your therapist will be able to give you advice on how often you should exercise. This will ensure that you don’t overdo it and cause unnecessary injuries.
All in all having a sports massage is one of the best ways to help you to ‘keep dancing’.