Dancer Care at Strive

If you are a dancer, whether you are recovering from an injury, looking for ways to improve your performance, or needing some self-care after long hours in the studio, we can help!

How Can Physiotherapy Help Dancers?

A Physiotherapist can help to diagnose and treat injuries, perform Pre-Season and Pre-Pointe screening, give you injury prevention strategies, and help you achieve optimal performance by improving flexibility, strength, posture, and endurance. Your Physiotherapist will perform a comprehensive assessment, including looking at your dance technique, and develop an individualized plan that may include hands on therapy, modalities such as shockwave or dry needling, and a tailored exercise program designed to help you achieve your personal goals.


Meet Danna!

Strive Physiotherapist, Danna Epstein Marcus has formal training in dance including ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, and tap. She has extensive training in dance rehabilitation in areas including pre-season and pre-pointe assessments, assessment and treatment of dance injuries and hypermobility disorders, establishing safe warm up and stretching routines, dance specific exercise rehabilitation including core stability, strategies to improve turn out, arabesque, développé, and other dance specific techniques. She is a member of Healthy Dancer Canada.

Not sure if physiotherapy is right for you? Give us a call or use our booking link to book a complementary 10-minute phone consultation with Danna!

How Can Pilates Help Dancers?

Pilates  is a type of movement therapy that addresses postural imbalances, habitual movement patterning, and underlying weakness or tensions in the body. Pilates can be an affective way to improve your performance by improving function in joint, muscle and fascial systems. Pilates also aims to re-educate movement through specific programming, dynamic imagery, and cueing. It is an adaptable technique and can be used for athletic conditioning and cross training, as well as injury prevention, and rehabilitation.


Meet Lily!

Lily McEvenue is a certified Pilates instructor, and professional dancer. Being a dancer herself, Lily has a keen understanding of dynamic movement, as well as personal experience with injury recovery and prevention. Lily is proud to have danced on notable stages such as The Royal Opera House of Versailles, The Stratford Festival, and Mirvish theatres, as well as in TV shows for the CW Network, Global TV, and Netflix. She continues to perform alongside her teaching career and uses her unique background to support dancers and athletes of all levels, as well as people of all backgrounds, and abilities.

Not sure if Pilates can help? Give us a call or use our booking link to book a complementary 10-minute phone consultation with Lily!

How Can Massage Therapy Help Dancers?

For dancers putting in long hours in the studio, massage therapy can be helpful for relieving sore muscles. Massage therapy is a hands-on treatment for the soft tissues in the body, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Dance can put a lot of stress on the body, and massage therapy is an effective way to help address muscle pain and improve mobility by acting on the muscular, neurological, circulatory and lymphatic systems. On your first visit, your massage therapist will ask you about your health and conduct a comprehensive assessment to develop a personalized treatment plan to help you get back on track to moving and feeling better.

What are Some Common Injuries that are Experienced by Dancers?

The following are common injuries that can arise from dancing. Click on the links below to learn more and to see our rehabilitation exercise programs:

Written by

Lily McEvenue

Certified Pilates Instructor

Therapeutic Pilates and Dance Conditioning

Lily McEvenue is a certified Pilates instructor, and professional dancer. Being a dancer herself, Lily has a keen understanding of dynamic movement, as well as personal experience with injury recovery and prevention. Lily is proud to have danced on notable stages such as The Royal Opera House of Versailles, The Stratford Festival, and Mirvish theatres, as well as in TV shows for the CW Network, Global TV, and Netflix. She continues to perform alongside her teaching career and uses her unique background to support dancers and athletes of all levels, as well as people of all backgrounds, and abilities.

Learn more about Lily

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