21st April 2021

Performance: 6 Tips For Dealing With Muscle Pain

 

“If your body is whispering, don’t make it scream.” That’s what my yoga anatomy teacher used to say. But I am sure you have also heard “No pain, no gain!”

Both of these statements are correct, you just need to find the right balance between both of them…and pay attention to the signals that your body is sending. Our body is an amazing and a very smart system. When talking about muscle pain, we also have to take into consideration that each person has a different tolerance to it.

While practicing any kind of physical exercise (yoga, dance, fitness, golf, running…) it is extremely important to listen to any kind of message your body sends you and to know when you have reached your physical limit.

During my career as a dancer and acrobat, I was the kind of artist who preferred to avoid pain, and it worked quite well as I didn’t experience any big injuries during all these years.

Obviously, when you train as a professional in any kind of physical activity, pain is inevitable. But you can prevent it by following the techniques below:

1. Warming up properly

This is a must! Never skip a warm-up, as this is incredibly important! When you exercise with warm muscles there is less chance of hurting or pulling.

2. Using reflexology

In our hands and feet we have areas that represent each body part. By pressing and massaging them we release tension in our entire body.  It is a powerful way of healing.

3. Taking a warm bath

After an intensive training session, taking a warm bath with Epsom salt will help to detox and relax the muscles. Magnesium deficiency causes muscles to contract, which is a major pain trigger.

4. Rolling muscles on balls or foam rolls

I never travel without my foot and back balls. It’s like travelling with your own massage therapist.

5. Booking a massage

Sometimes balls are just not enough and you need real hands! I would recommend booking a massage once per week.

My favorite: Thai deep tissue! “Massage therapy has been shown to boost levels of endorphins and serotonin—the body’s natural painkillers and mood regulators—and to reduce stress hormone levels,” says Dr. Weil.

6. Acupuncture

The ancient practice of acupuncture, where tiny needles are inserted into specific points in the body, is part of a complete medical procedure that is focused on correcting energy imbalances throughout the nervous system. Many people claim it doesn’t work, however it does for me. Stimulating the nervous system to release tension is the best!

All the above techniques are natural ways of dealing with pain. I do not support painkillers in pills or creams like paracetamol, ibuprofen or ketoprofen. Yes they do relieve the pain for 3-4 hours, but they do not fix the problem; they only pause it. You are actually hurting the muscle more by working on it with painkillers, as you are not able to accurately feel your limits.

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Laetitia Bouffard started ballet at age 3. At age 9, she was selected out of hundreds of candidates to attend the Paris Opera Ballet School. Laetitia studied there for 5 years and then completed 2 years at the Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse in Lyon where she graduated with a Diploma of Dance & and Choreography. Laetitia has performed with Europa-Danse in Paris, National Ballet of Nancy (France), National Baltic Opera in Gdansk (Poland) and won the "Grand Prix" at International Ballet Competition in Caen (France). After many years of ballet, Laetitia decided it was time to take her career to another level, adding ground and aerial acrobatics to her skills. Laetitia learned acrobatic lifts, aerial silks, aerial hoop, aerial straps, net and web. She won Bronze medals at Worldwide Festival du Cirque de Demain in Paris and at the Wuqiao International Circus Festival in China. Laetitia has performed on TV in Norway, Turkey, Canada, France, Italy, Poland and China. She has performed at special events for clients such as Porsche, Audi, British Airways, Volvo, Volkswagen and Dom Perignon. Her shows include appearances at Palazzo Mannheim Germany, Calgary Stampede Canada, Krystallpalast Germany, Benidorm Palace Spain, Europa-Park Germany, Crazy Palace Germany, Alexander Kunz Theater Germany, GOP Munich Germany and on many Cruise Lines around the world. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher by Yoga Alliance USA and a Personal Fitness Trainer recognized by Europe Active Association. Laetitia credits a huge part of her success to dedication, discipline, commitment, relationships, yoga, proper nutrition, trust and travel, elements she focuses on and practices in her daily life.

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