Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New Goals

There are apparently stages of grief with injuries, and I think I've hit them all. One of my last posts was definitely during what I was thinking of as my "depression" stage, and today's post may very well fall under "acceptance."

One of the newer exercises that the PT is having me do involves standing on one leg on the flat side of a Bosu ball and doing 15 rond de jambes (3 sets--my leg really feels it by the end)--without holding on to anything. The other folks there are thoroughly impressed with my ability to balance; I've taken to calling it my "circus act."  It has really been the inspiration to kick me out of my depression, because it has made me realize that I'll come out of all this even stronger than before. Maybe I'll even be able to do this:



On releve! Can you imagine? (I can't really, but who knows!) Positive thoughts ;)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thanks, Universe

It's funny how often I get frustrated with something, come and complain/vent about it on this blog (which is its own sort of therapy), and then a day or two later the universe is like, "Girl, chill. Have some encouragement."

We shared class with the kiddos again the other day, and when we do center together we split into groups of "kids" and "adults." The teacher gives each group a different combo, they perform it, and then we switch places. We had switched so that it was the adults turn, and the teacher said to the little ones, "When you're waiting your turn, watch Miss Glorie [me]. Watch her upper body--she moves exactly the way a classical dancer is supposed to move. I never have to correct her."

I was humbled, and flabbergasted, and thanked her profusely for such a compliment. She danced with BOLSHOI, you guys. Handpicked from when she was young. I don't think I could receive a higher compliment, really. (I still like corrections, but hey, I'll take compliments too!)


She still wants me to do the Russian variation, which I was not super thrilled about (seemed to be a bit boring), but its growing on me. She picked this version (danced by Ulyana Lopatkina), and though the beginning is slow, it picks up near the end. It's a much different "character" than I typically like to dance (I like to be sassy), so I think that was part of my problem. It's a bit more regal, with a dash of zest at the end. Now, if only I can get back onto pointe....




Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Never-Ending Ankle Saga

Six months. SIX MONTHS. Half a year of ankle pain of varying degrees (that still hasn't gone away). To say that I'm frustrated would be an enormous understatement.

To make it even more annoying, I've been dealing with this issue off and on for nearly two years. I've seen two different podiatrists and now two different PTs.

These past six months, I have not been able to dance fully. My relevé is restricted (and therefore so is turning), and I am not supposed to jump (except rarely to demonstrate for students). I have basically (I feel) been half dancing for half a year.

I keep diligently doing my PT exercises every morning, am currently going through two PT sessions a week involving the Graston technique (ow), and yet the ankle is still being a jerk.

My at-home PT assistant is especially helpful.
Current PT says that I have a lot of scar tissue (past sprains, wear and tear over the years) that is both restricting my ankle mobility and causing an impingement, so we're trying to break up the scar tissue and get my mobility back (hence the Graston technique).

It's only been a little over 2 weeks (we've had 4 sessions), and I think I'm just getting impatient, but I want to feel like its actually working. Some mornings when I start my PT, the ankle feels fine; other mornings its grumpy. I can't seem to figure out WHY. I wondered if foam rolling was actually irritating it instead of helping, and stopped that for a week, but it seemed to make it worse--last week was especially terrible.

I just want to dance properly again :(