Take 5: Physiological Benefits of Relaxation for Dancers


Taryn Krochko Photography

As dancers we are hard wired to GO GO GO, to train hard in and out of studio, and to use different techniques to improve our performance. These qualities bring us success in life but often can be detrimental to our mental, physical, and emotional health because we put excess pressure on ourselves to achieve and are especially hard on ourselves if we don’t feel we have. We know that there are numerous psychological benefits to conscious relaxation but do we consider, as often, the physiological benefits?

Since the mental, physical, and emotional components of health are inextricably linked, it makes sense to incorporate relaxation techniques that address these three aspects of health. Sitting down with a foot massager listening to quiet music, for example, is something I love to do at the end of the day. The physiological effects of sitting include taking pressure off my stabilizer muscles that have been keeping me upright all day; the foot massager releases endorphins that help my mind and muscles relax; while the gentle music helps me unwind and allows no thought or creative thought into my mind. We have all had the experience of trying to digest a bunch of choreography and have reached the point when our brains will not hold another step. At that point, it’s time to relax. The benefits of going away and taking time to consciously relax are very real and tangible for dancers - here are some of the physiological benefits of conscious relaxation:

  • Reduces muscular tension allowing your body to become more pliable and flexible

  • Decreases heart and respiration rate allowing your breath to benefit muscles by delivering oxygenated blood

  • Improves circulation of oxygenated blood to working muscles and tissues in a state of repair

  • Reduces blood pressure allowing oxygenated blood to circulate to muscles and tissues with ease

  • Decreases cortisol (stress hormone) allowing your brain to relax and sweep away negative thoughts as well as allowing your muscles to feel less tension

  • Increases alpha brainwaves (related to creativity) allowing you to digest that complicated choreography or to come up with something totally new!

At Soul To Sole Dance Inc we specialise in connecting mind, body, and sole. One important way we relax ourselves and promote relaxation for our dancers in with the S2SD Kit - 3 tools to help you gain and maintain a healthy mind, body, sole. With all of these benefits why don’t you take 5?

Leave a comment below to share your favourite ways to relax, relaxation techniques, and relaxation practices and don't forget to order your S2SD Kit for yourself, your dancers, your staff, and your loved one to help them relax, feel great, and be great! S2SD is happy to fulfill your team order both by email and through online purchases at both Amazon & Etsy.

#dance #dancer #dancing #education #practice #relax #relaxation #relaxationtechnique #technique #relaxationpractice #favorite #favourite #take5 #physiology #physiological #benefitsofrelaxation #benefits #muscle #tension #muscular #pliable #flexible #flexibility #heart #heartrate #respiration #respirationrate #oxygen #blood #circulation #tissues #tissue #muscletissue #repair #musclerepair #bloodpressure #cortisol #stresshormone #brain #negativethoughts #alpha #alphabrainwaves #creativity #creative #choreography #choreograph #incorporate #quietmusic #music #mental #physical #emotional #soul #sole #soultosole #health #fitness #wellbeing #wellness #wellliving #foot #massager #massage #endorphins #unwind #creativethought #thought #positivethought #conscious #consciousness #consciousrelaxation #mind #body #mindbodysole #s2sd #danceteacher

Recent Posts