Caring for your Dancin’ Feet

By on February 24, 2016

IceFeetI love to ice my feet after a show or a long day of rehearsals! I feel that with the amount of wear and tear that my body has endured over the years, icing has helped me to stay healthy and will hopefully extend my career.

It can be hard to get used to at first. I used to dread icing my feet – it was too cold for me! My secret is to put the ice in after I put my feet in the bucket of water so that my feet adapt to the water temperature slowly. I ice for at least ten to fifteen minutes immediately after I finish with rehearsals. Research shows that icing is not as effective unless you do it immediately following our workout. I like to think long term about the overall health of my body because I know that by taking care of my body, my body will take care of me.

Try icing after each workout and see for yourself if your body recovers a bit quicker.

In any case, take care of your body with whatever you do because you only get one of them!

About Shannon Marie Rugani

After dancing with the San Francisco Ballet for eleven years, Shannon Marie Rugani is currently making her Broadway debut as an original ensemble member in An American In Paris and is the understudy for Lise Dassin. Shannon is a native California girl hailing from South Lake Tahoe, California and has been in love with ballet since she was six years old.

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