In our podcast with Dr. Jerry Lynch, we have touched a quite sensitive subject for an athlete: injuries and how to recover from them.
Dr. Jerry Lynch is a coach, mentor, and teacher who guides and coaches athletes and parents to explore the meaning and purpose of sport. He has been recognized as one of the top five in his profession nationwide. He is the author of 13 books and amongst them is “Thinking Body, Dancing Mind”. Here is his website: https://www.wayofchampions.com/
In this article, you will discover some of the wisdom of Dr. Jerry Lynch shared with us in our podcast regarding how to recover from an injury.
Situation no 1: You just got injured
At some point in their career, dancers do get injured and some injuries are more serious than the others.
Injury equals an inability to execute the movements in a correct manner or even at all (depending on how serious the injury is). When we cannot dance we get frustrated and disappointed, even angry or depressed. You get worried that maybe you will never recover or it will take too much time.
Dr. Jerry Lynch’s first advice is to quiet your mind of the negative thoughts. When you fill your mind with worries, your body becomes tense and it blocks the arterial pathway, thus the blood cannot get to the area that needs to be healed.
He also tells us that in order to achieve muscular relaxation, he puts the athlete on a program: meditation, visualization, and affirmation.
Meditation allows you to clear your mind of all the negative thoughts.
Visualization happens during the process of meditation. During this stage, you can start to visualize the healing process. Feel how your muscle, now deep red becomes step by step pink – its normal color. From here, imagine how the muscle feels how it supposed to feel and that you are up and running again.
Affirmation is the last stage. You fill your mind with positive thoughts and encouragement. Those affirmations create chemical reactions in your brain allow that part of the body to recuperate.
Situation no 2: You are scared not to get injured
After you get recovered, there is another problem that you have to deal with: you keep thinking that this could happen again. This makes you nervous, tight and tense, which will set you up for injury again. The very process of holding back is setting your body up for another injury.
In this case, Dr. Jerry Lynch advises you to visualize all your favorite performances. Think of your favorite show, competition or even practice and feel that performance. Then, when you go out on the dance floor, have an affirmation. For example, say to yourself: “I am going all out” or “I am stronger than I have ever been”.
Why are affirmations so important you might ask yourself? Well, there is a simple equation for that:
Using positive words to describe yourself and your dancing will create positive thoughts. These positive thoughts will give you good energy, a great feeling. It is from this good energy that your performance will come.
If you are interested to read about another topic discussed in the podcast, you can check our other article: “How To Measure and Control Perfectionism?”
Make sure you also visit Dancesportlife Academy to check our library of courses and camp lectures with some of the best teachers in the world!
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17 Things Dancers Did During The Coronavirus Lockdown
Because of the Coronavirus, there is still a lockdown in some places around the world, while in other areas, the government adopted more relaxed regulations.
What is certain is that every single one of us had to stay safe in their homes for quite a long time.
All of us missed dancing. We even created a list of what you miss about dancing, a few weeks ago. This time, we asked you how you filled your spare time during the Coronavirus lockdown and how you maintained the love for dancing alive, and here is what we found out:
1. You trained in the garden at least 8 times.
2. Listened to your favorite dance songs. Probably The Empress Orchestra or Tito Puente was for sure on the playlist.
3. You’ve looked through your old dancing photos. Don’t worry, nostalgia hit us all.
4. You read a lot of books. (Book suggestion from one of our followers: Latin – Thinking Sensing and Doing in Latin American Dancing by Ruud Vremeij)
5. Stretching while watching your favorite TV show.
6. You’ve meditated so that you keep a healthy mind and spirit.
7. Practicing your dance routines by yourself. Don’t worry; knowing your steps and timing without your partner’s help is always good!
8. You’ve worked on technique. Going back to basics is always a good idea!
9. You jogged quite a lot. Well, cardio exercises are the best for a dancer’s stamina.
10. Keeping fit by doing home workouts.
11. You’ve watched endless YouTube videos of your favorite dancers.
12. You have at least 5 new ideas for your choreographies.
13. Doing Yoga/ Pilates every morning.
14. You’ve watched online courses on Dancesportlife Academy .
15. Watched the tons of Instagram Live sessions everyone did.
16. You had at least one private lesson online with your teacher.
17. You did nothing! And that is fine too! It’s been a hard time for all of us, and everyone dealt with this period in their way.
To all of the dancers and dance enthusiasts out there:
We know it’s a tough time, maybe some of you are feeling hopeless and even want to quit dancing. Do not ever forget why you love this sport and art form! Just keep your spirits up that this uncertain and sad period will end!
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Balance: Important Not Only For Your Dancing Skills
Balance is a crucial ability in dancesport. Without balance, we cannot maintain the positions and move gracefully. But balance is also essential in your muscular system. Muscle imbalance is one of the leading causes of injuries, and what is worrying is that it is so subtle and yet can do so much harm.
In this article, I am taking away some key principles from Costin Glavan’s online course – How To Get Rid Of Back Pain And Unleash Your Full Potential.
If you want to learn how to test yourself to see if you suffer from certain conditions, the science behind the issues and how to correct them, this course is for you.
Identifying Issues & Restoring Balance
Ballroom dancers wear heels all the time, and besides wearing heels, being on the balls of our feet with the weight forward is one of the first lessons we learn. These two things usually cause tightness and cramps in your front part of your thighs, feet, and lower back.
Now, maybe you don’t think that having cramps is such a bad thing. But this can lead in time to problems with fine motor control of the pelvis and legs.
One muscle imbalance that it’s often met in dancers is that they have overly trained quadriceps and less trained glutes because they stay a lot on their balls of the feet.
Having such issues, you won’t be able to perform as efficiently. Muscle imbalance also leads to increased chronic back and knee pain or joint pain in your ankles. In time, this also leads to an incorrect position of the bones in your joints, which causes joint injuries and lower cross syndrome.
In the course, Costin shows how to perform these tests from the comfort of your house and offers a set of exercises designed to correct and restore the muscle imbalance.
Access Costin Glavan’s course here.
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Madis Abel & His Passion For Mastering Men’s Hairstyle In Ballroom
Madis Abel is a finalist in the WDSF Standard Adults World Championship, WDSF Standard European Championship, and GrandSlam Series. He is from Estonia and started dancing when he was 6 years old. Until the present day, even though he’s quite young, he counts many titles: WDSF Standard Youth European Champion and WDSF Standard U21 World Champion.
Madis, like any other dance champion I’ve come across, is hungry for knowledge. He wants to be the best and is a perfectionist. These traits are helpful not only to develop into a skillful dancer but also in other aspects of a dancer’s life – the looks.
By studying and learning from his mistakes, Madis learned how to master his hairstyle. In this interview-based article, you’ll learn more about the skill he has. Also, if you want to learn how to create a ballroom man’s hairstyle directly from Madis, you can check his lecture on Dancesportlife Academy.
Bianca: Madis, how did you become interested in perfecting your hairstyling skills?
Madis: Growing up, I let my teacher Aleksander Makarov do my hairstyle, and I felt fine, even confident. But the reality hit me when I was alone at a competition and had to figure it out myself. So I started to do my hairstyle by myself and I felt that I was doing a pretty good job. But when I compared myself to others, I realized that I wasn’t good enough.
One day I decided I wanted to get better and create my own perfect hairstyle, so I started studying and practicing. I began to look for different styles, shapes, ideas. I also relied on the tips my teacher, Aleksander Makarov, gave to me. He helped me a lot!
After all the practicing, I guess I got to a level where everything started to come naturally. It became easy to prepare for a competition and feel confident when entering the floor. It became easy to help all my younger students with their hairstyles. I’ve even had the opportunity to help my friends in the World Final of the Adult Standard category.
It felt like a superpower!
There are too many dancers out there who are not doing their own hairstyles because they are led back by their lack of confidence.
Bianca: Why is it essential for dancers to have a perfect hairstyle?
Madis: There’s an important truth in this sport – you have to have a complete look on the dance floor. Starting with your dancing skills and finishing with how you look. We are judged from the moment we step on to the floor until the moment we step off the floor. That includes how you walk, how you smile, and how you look. Your look is what people usually notice first. This is the first impression of you, and you get judged by that, too.
If you don’t look like you’re ready to win, you might lose to folks that don’t deserve beating you. It isn’t always fair, but deep down, we all know that this is how the world works. It’s a crucial aspect of your overall presentation during the competition.
Bianca: Why did you decide to create this course?
Madis: I wanted to help others, as well. I thought about the dancers, friends, or family members who are not sure how to create a hairstyle properly. My wish is to share my tips & tricks with them so that they can master this skill.
We all had those moments when we saw a professional hairstyle and wished you had a similar one. Or maybe as a young teacher, you hesitated to help your students do their hairstyles because you thought you could fail.
Each of us practiced doing a hairstyle for ourselves at home but did not turn up as you wish, and you let it go…You stopped trying…
And for sure, for many of us, only the thought of doing our hair on the competition day gives us a sort of anxiety.
I want people to feel confident, to learn, and perfect their hairstyle skills so they won’t feel like this anymore.
Bianca: What can we find in your course?
Madis: My course “How to Make a Ballroom Dancing Hairstyle for Men” is a step-by-step program designed to give you all the tools needed to take your hairstyle making skills to the next level. You will find 20 lectures divided into 5 sections: Preparing your hair, Basic principles, Blow drying, Hair spraying, and Common mistakes.
This isn’t fluffy theory stuff either. You’ll get real, ready-to-use tools that you can begin to implement immediately. You’ll also get my personal tips and explanations about my techniques.
You can go through the course at your own pace and watch the videos as many times as you’d like. Inside the course, you’ll have access to the comments section to discuss the progress and ask for additional help.
Bianca: Awesome! Thank you so much, Madis!
Madis: Thank you!
You can find Madis’ course, “How to Make a Ballroom Dancing Hairstyle for Men” here.
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