Resilience and Re-invention are required for expansion.
Consider the beautiful, large trees that exist today. They started as small saplings hundreds of years ago. Their shapes tell a story of the storms that they endured, the animals that they housed and the presence of humanity.
Our bodies also tell a story.
We can change the story, if it ensures that we live to our highest potential.
For health, you need to rise up from your injuries and expectations and implement disciplined action to rebuild the version of you that you deserve.
Resilience means honouring your story and giving it the space for compassion.
Re-invention means acknowledging your past and making the necessary steps to move forward into a new trajectory of limitless potential.
It requires action.
Draw knowledge from the right people, eat the food that will fuel you, rest, move, turn in, reassess, shift.
Speaking and working with High performers is very much related to my work as a chiropractor and dance artist. They inspire me. I keep them going.
Transformation happens when you ALIGN your mindset to your goals so that you Embody them as reality.
This is one of my favorite dance conditioning sequences that I developed to challenge balance, core and coordination. Using a small pilates ball increases the level of difficulty to maintain the lines in the lower limb and spine. Breath control and ease of movement are all challenged here. This exercise prepares for choreography and provides musicality that gets you out of your head and back into your body.
In one exercise, the following will be developed and challenged:
1. Dynamic core stability
2. Ability to move in neutral spinal alignment
3. Strong leg lines
4. Controlled, graceful ports de bras
5. Diaphragmatic breath without compromising transverse abdominus engagement
6. Thoracic extension
7. Lumbopelvic stability
8. Pelvic floor activation and endurance (hello!)
And most importantly,
You are conditioning while you dance.
Dance gets you out of your head and back to your body so you can begin again.
You don’t have to be a dancer to try this out.
What dance skills do you think this will prepare you for?
I forgot where I put my keys…. Then I forgot where I put my wallet. Where did I put my glass of water again?
A high speed life, can lead to anxiety and panic. This activates the stress response which believe it or not can work against you when it comes to finding clarity and solutions for problem solving.
Clarity Emerges from a Grounded Mind.
Dr. Blessyl Buan
Grounding is the act of slowing down.
Return to your breath.
Return to your senses.
Reset your mind.
Stop the stress and defensive response.
Ignite creativity, innovation and flow.
Chronic pain, headaches, upper body tension, jaw pain and hand and wrist pain are physical manifestations of stress. In my practice, I prescribe the following grounding exercises to help my patients to find inner piece and to free their brains from the stress response. This in turn, promotes their power to heal.
1. Get your hands dirty
As adults, we don’t do this as often as we should. Planting, baking, painting, working with clay are all examples of ways that we can bring the tactile experience back to our life. Being tactile, allows us to be fully present with the experience. Perhaps this is why the slime craze is so popular among kids and adolescents. They need the slime for stress relief!
2. Immerse yourself in nature
It’s often advised the walking in nature is healing. It prompts you to look, listen and feel what is around you. They don’t call it “forest bathing” for nothing.
3.Surround yourself with art for a dose of inspiration
Beautiful objects and images inspire. They make your heart sing. They give you ideas of what you want to manifest for yourself. Beauty is everywhere if you open your eyes to it.
4. Journal on paper
Typing thoughts don’t have the same tactile experience of writing it down on paper. You are forced to slow down. Feel the ink interact with the paper. Doodle. Draw. Avoid writing inside of the lines. See the magic emerge.
5.Turn on Music and Dance
Music is like a portal that can take you to another world where all things are possible. Allow your body to embody the music. Feel the down beat, the crescendo and decrescendo of the music. Where does breath lie in the music? How does the rhythm allow you to breathe?
Try it out. Embrace your inner child and note how you feel. If you have children, it’s also important they have a chance to feel grounded.
On Saturday, April 18th from 2:00-3:30pm, flow through a series of movements inspired by yoga flows, contemporary dance and floor barre choreography that transitions through a series of core strengthening Pilates exercises.
$25.00 for walk-ins, $20.00 for Iam Yoga members. Email email@example.com to RSVP.
Jump performance is not just about height. It’s about how your foot can articulate and push off the ground to initiate a chain reaction of movement, breath and core control. Learn to dissect the jump and how self-care tools and conditioning techniques can help you take off.
Register for part 1 of a 4 week Street Ballet Conditioning Workshop Series with Dr. Blessyl Buan.
With over three decades of dance experience, she completely understands the journey of the young dancer, the audition process, and the demands of the professional. While studying her Bachelor of Kinesiology at McMaster University, she was scouted by a talent agent and began her professional career as a commercial dancer. Select credits include: Dairy Farmers Milk Rap Commercial (2002), Step Up Revolution Flash Mob: New Music Live-Much Music (2012), and the biggest highlight was the opportunity to dance with Madonna at her Grand Opening event-Hard Candy Fitness (2014). She is a member of ACTRA (Apprentice).
Using the Merrithew Tower Trainer™, Dr. Blessyl fuses her clinical expertise with dance conditioning and pilates. This innovative equipment allows the dancer to work through barre work and matwork with access to elements of the reformer and cadillac using resistance from body weight and springs. Her work is profiled on her Instagram and Youtube channel.
Outside of the studio, she is the contributing writer on dance health & conditioning for The Dance Current and is active with Healthy Dancer Canada (HDC). She is a former faculty member of Equity Showcase Theatre and was a presenter for HDC and the Performing Arts & Medicine Association (PAMA). She was also a guest teacher at York University’s Dance Program.
Dr. Blessyl teaches you imagery using everyday fashion to improve your alignment. Learn how to tap into your “Inner Queen” using your crown, chandelier earrings, statement necklace and corset! Learn Pilates exercises to strengthen these areas. Vivian Law shows restorative yoga poses that opens the chest and hips and strengthen weakened muscles from sitting all day! After this workshop, you’ll leave a little taller and more confident!
Wear your Body Well: Fashion meets posture 60 min
Learn how to pick the right bag for you. Understand what you plan to carry and how to effectively bring all of your stuff to and from the studio without hurting your neck and shoulders and compromising your posture!
When your body is tension free, you can carry yourself and your clothes in confidence. Yoga and Pilates with proper alignment in the neck and shoulder areas will teach you how to move well.
Wear Your Body Well: Fashion meets Chakras 60 min
Are you attracted to a certain colour lately? Your responses to colour are indicative of your health and areas that need special attention. Chakras are your body’s energy centres and each level has a specific colour attributed to it. Restorative yoga and Pilates help to open and strengthen these energy centres.
About the instructors:
Dr. Blessyl Buan says, “Posture is your Business Card.” She is a chiropractor, dancer and pilates instructor. Integrating her clinical experience with her knowledge of the body, breath and movement, her passion is to teach the world how to move freely tension free so that performance is optimized.
Vivian Law is a passionate wellness professional of nearly 14 years. She is a fitness trainer, nutrition consultant and yoga teacher. Vivian is constantly expanding and sharing her knowledge in health and wellness especially as it relates to alignment of mind, body and spirit, bringing yoga to life and Making Life Good.
Your posture produces a snap shot of your confidence and health in any given moment. Your breathing, vocal projection and ability to maintain eye contact are reflected and influenced by the way your body is aligned. Learn to recognize the way you carry yourself and the message that you are conveying to the world around you. Understand what lifestyle factors affect your posture such as work and family life and how you can correct it. When you’re not feeling so great, learn the tools to “fake it until you make it!”
My philosophy is that optimal alignment in your body is important to developing proper movement patterns which will improve performance and avoid injury.
Chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, myofascial release techniques and Kinesiotaping methods are all strategies that I use to re-educate your body to undo abnormal muscular imbalances, scar tissue and joint misalignments that have developed over time as a result of poor posture, inactivity and improper movement techniques.
One-on-one individualized programs teach your body how to progress to more sophisticated movement and is important to maintain the healthy alignment that is achieved through chiropractic care.
The multifunctional Tower Trainer™ can be used for Pilates, dance and traditional fitness training, facilitating hundreds of exercises, from simple to complex multi-planar movements – including the majority of the exercises done on a STOTT PILATES® Cadillac, along with full matwork repertoire. Portable and foldable, the Tower Trainer™ features a comfortable, cushioned mat surface with accessories including springs, straps, handles and bars that will add variety to any workout. Ideal for all fitness levels from professional athletes to active adults and for all body types and abilities.
On February 16-17, the Performing Arts & Medicine Association are hosting “When the Artist’s Body Says No” at the Toronto Regional Meeting. I will be presenting “Demystifying Flexibility and Stability in Dance Training”
Check out the brochure below for more info and to register!