Wednesday, 19 August 2015 10:20

Dancer Wellness: Stay Healthy and Pain Free with These Effective Alternatives

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Are you trying to limit your exposure to chemicals and harmful ingredients, but finding it hard to find products that are both natural and effective? Natural alternatives are here for you!

I want to get you familiar with a product line that I have been working with for the past year, both at home and on my clients in my private practice.

I’m recommending the doTerra products because I believe in their efficacy, and they’ve done the research to back how these items bring the body into balance to promote healing. I was about to put together a list of the perfect oils and products to complete your dance bag – and they were a step ahead and created it with their Athlete’s Kit.

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Not only does it come with 5 essential oils and a 120 ml tube of their muscle and joint support rub, but it has it’s own carrying case which will fit perfectly in your dance bag. It also makes a great gift for not only dancers but your friends or family who work out or play indoor or outdoor sports.

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Firstly, why doTerra? Their Certified Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) Essential Oils have the highest rating of purity. Each liter of essential oil is third party tested for impurities and chemical compounds to ensure its healing properties are exact. Each ingredient is sourced where it grows best and is harvested at the appropriate time. Due to this purity, these oils can be applied on the skin (topically), through smell (aromatically), and even taken internally where indicated. A typical application uses just 1-3 drops, and each 15 ml bottle holds an average of 300 drops, so these oils go a long way!

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Free from chemicals, additives, and side effects, when used properly, these are amazingly effective alternatives for you! (There are a few brands out there that are of extremely high quality and can be used too. Just do some research on your own – a big indicator is if they are safe for internal use. If it says external use only – it’s not pure!)

What can this all do for you? Here’s a breakdown and each photo is a video link for more info!

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Respiratory Blend is a proprietary blend of laurel leaf, peppermint eucalyptus, melaleuca, lemon and ravensara. This is a wonderful blend that can support your overall respiratory health. Nothing like a stuffed nose or chest congestion can throw off your game! You can apply 2 drops to your chest or hands and breathe deeply to open your airways and clear sinuses whether caused by seasonal allergies, a head cold, or even air conditioning.

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Protective Blend is a proprietary blend of wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. This tangy mix supports healthy immune system function. These oils are powerfully antiseptic, and help you fight off pathogens that you breathe and touch. You can use a few drops on your hands instead of hand sanitizer, take a few drops on your tongue with some water at the first sign of feeling sick, or the sound of the first cough from someone in class! A few drops of this blend are perfect to clean a cut or blister just before you bandage it. You can even use a few drops in water in a spray bottle to clean surfaces like the ballet barres, exercise mats, doorknobs, counters, and floors. They will be deodorized and disinfected with no chemical side effects!

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Lavender essential oil has a ton of benefits! This oil is perfect to apply topically for any skin irritations and it helps ease muscle tension. Smelling this oil can provide a sense of calmness and help you to relax. This is perfect for before a performance or audition when anxiety can be high. Its calming qualities can also help you center yourself before or after a class or workshop too. Lavender can ease away the tension that leads to headaches and neck aches, and all you need is a few drops applied to the area feeling the stress.

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Melaleuca (Tea Tree) essential oil has a cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin so you can use a few drops to freshen up your face after a class or rehearsal. It also is a powerful antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial, so it can used to treat minor skin irritations, freshen dance shoes, and clear up athlete’s foot or other small infections.

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Peppermint essential oil has a host of benefits. Cool down and invigorate yourself with a few drops of peppermint applied to the skin. When inhaled it promotes alertness and stimulates the mind which may aid with mental performance. It can be taken internally or applied topically for digestive upsets and stomach discomfort. This oil is both the perfect energy booster and belly ache fighter all in one! It can also freshen your breath, eliminating the need for sugary candies or gum chewing which increases neck, head, and jaw tension.

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The Soothing Blend Rub is a proprietary blend of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, german chamomile, helichyrsum, and osmanthus and is applied topically for aches and pains. This rub supports healthy circulation to the area of application without the use of chemicals, additives, petroleum, or other harmful ingredients. This deep penetrating salve provides a cooling and warming affect, and can replace not only other topical analgesics, but the need for anti-inflammatory drugs and pain relievers.

Now you have some solutions for how to stay healthy and pain free without the side effects of synthetic or low-grade products.

If you have any question or would like a further consultation on safe and effective alternatives, please feel free to contact me (newpathwellness at gmail dot com). Also note, skin sensitivity can be an issue with any product, so please test a small area for irritation first. You can dilute any of the oils with a pure vegetable oil, typically in a 1:1 or up to a 1:3 ratio of essential oil to carrier oil.*

You can purchase the Athlete’s Kit and other oils and products on my doTerra website, which can be found by clicking here: mydoterra.com/newpathwellness

Happy dancing!!

* Pregnant and nursing women, children under age 6, and animals have to take special precautions when using essential oils. See online guidelines or contact your medical professional.

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Kate Fox Colie

Kate Fox Colie, CMT, CLMA is endlessly passionate about movement and the body. Kate has been a licensed and certified massage therapist (CMT) since 2001, training extensively in therapeutic and rehabilitative bodywork modalities throughout her career. Her intrigue for musculoskeletal anatomy and kinesiology provides valuable information to not only her private clientele, but to the many performing and visual artist students she has taught in her anatomy courses as faculty at California Institute of the Arts (2005-2009) and California State Summer School for the Arts (2006-2008). Kate earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance performance, production, and choreography from CalArts in 2005 and went on to receive her graduate level credential in somatic movement therapy in 2008 as a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA). In early 2015, Kate completed an extensive certification in the Symmetry for Health system, which utilizes objective body measurements and corrective exercises to realign posture and remedy chronic patterns and pain.

Kate specializes in the treatment of performing artists, which dominates much of her time in both her private practice, NewPath Wellness in Glendale, and on-site therapy work with the elite student musicians and dancers at The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. This field work deeply informs the content of her guest teaching workshops with presentations most recently at The Colburn Conservatory of Music, Music Academy of the West, OriginPop, Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts, Primrose International Viola Competition and Festival, and Pasadena Dance Theatre.

Kate’s dynamic 20 year dance career as a performer, producer, and manager continue with her roles as board member of Vox Dance Theatre, advisory panelist for Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD), and as dance editor for NoHoArtsDistrict.com, where she writes regular features on community events and dancer health and wellness. She is a proud member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), Dance Resource Center (DRC), California Massage Therapy Council (CMTC), and Glendale Chamber of Commerce, and attends their conferences and professional gatherings annually.

For more information and to contact Kate directly, visit www.NewPathWellness.com

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