Pre-Pointe Assessments are Available at The Body Refinery

Starting to dance en pointe is one of the most exciting times in a young ballet dancer’s life, however, if progressed to pointe work too early, a dancer may be at increased risk of injury. Our physiotherapist, Courtney, has been trained to conduct thorough pre-pointe assessments and prepare dancers for the demands of pointe work.

The Initial Pre-Pointe Assessment is one hour long. This allows our physiotherapist time to obtain a detailed history and assess posture, pointe range, turnout, core stability and other essential components for pointe work, in a friendly environment. Courtney will then develop an exercise program for the dancer to take home to address any areas for improvement and ensure a safe progression onto pointe.

Clients will also have time to ask questions so that they understand every step of the program that our physiotherapist will tailor for them.

After the assessment, a report will be provided to the dancer’s teacher outlining the results and exercises prescribed.

Follow up sessions may be required to monitor the dancer’s progress and ensure all of the requirements are met prior to going en pointe.

Depending on each dancer’s goals (and whether there are any existing injuries), Courtney may recommend clinical exercise sessions including Pilates. Clients may choose between private sessions, where they will have 100% of Courtney’s attention, or experience the benefits of joining one of our classes.

Whether you are training to be a professional dancer or taking dance classes for fun, we can help you reach your goals.

To make your first appointment at our Brisbane studio, contact our reception staff on 07 3358 3915 or info@thebodyrefinery.com.au.

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Dance Pre-pointe assessment physiotherapy The Body Refinery Brisbane
Dance Pre-pointe assessment physiotherapy The Body Refinery Brisbane

Dance and Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy treatments can provide an invaluable form of rehabilitation for dancers who are recovering from injury, experiencing ongoing pain, or who are seeking to improve their technique or endurance.  Common reasons dancers seek physiotherapy treatment include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Foot and ankle injuries
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Technique improvement

Our physiotherapist, Courtney, has a special interest in working with dancers, having danced for many years herself. Make sure to request Courtney when booking your initial consultation.

Dance and Pilates

A dancer can benefit greatly from adding Pilates to his or her existing exercise regime. Like dance, Pilates is a full body workout that uses all the muscles in the body. This includes the deeper, stabilising muscles such as the transversus abdominus, which can be difficult to target with other types of exercise. It is important to strengthen these ‘core’ muscles, particularly for dancers, as they help form a stable base from which movement can stem.

By working all the muscles in the body in a uniform way, Pilates also addresses any muscle imbalances that may have developed, which prevent injuries from occurring. Pilates helps to form long, lean muscles so dancers can build muscle strength without creating muscle bulk.

The Body Refinery’s Pilates sessions will allow you to focus on:

  • Posture and alignment
  • Flexibility and mobility
  • Balance and coordination
  • Core strength and stability
  • Muscle strength and endurance
  • Power
  • Control
  • Injury prevention and rehabilitation
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Dance Pre-pointe assessment physiotherapy The Body Refinery Brisbane
Dance Pre-pointe assessment physiotherapy The Body Refinery Brisbane
Dance Pre-pointe assessment physiotherapy The Body Refinery Brisbane