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Wellness Studio

Dance and gymnastics are very physical sports as well as beautiful art forms. Consequently, dancers’ and gymnasts’ bodies are subject injuries just as other athletes are. Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics is committed to keeping students injury-free through teacher training in top-notch technique and safety training, however injuries do occur. The Wellness Studio offers on-site injury checks, prevention appointments, technique modification, and various types of massage to keep the body moving safely and to aid in healing as needed.

Why would I need a Physical Therapy appointment?

Annika can see students for a variety of concerns: aches and pains during class, technique questions that don’t seem to be improving due to some physical barrier, exercise and stretching advice, injury-prevention education.

What can my dancer expect from an appointment in the Wellness Studio? 

Annika will ask each student for specific information about his/her complaints. We will brainstorm together why it might be happening and develop a plan for at-home, self-managed exercises, stretches, or technique modification. Annika, with your permission, will also coordinate with each of the students’s teachers to ensure that the technique modification recommendations can be applied to class, as well.

Why would I need a Massage appointment?

For pain management, reduce the risk of injury (by helping the body stay supple and de-stressed), increase your range of motion, relieve headaches, reduce stress, and promote better sleep (to name a few reasons). A massage supports overall health by helping the body eliminate toxins (like lactic acid) and improving circulation. In addition to general well-being needs, Ms. April will work with our physical therapist to aid in specific requirements and needs.

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AnnikaAnnika Russo joined the faculty of Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics as a licensed Physical Therapist, former professional dancer and accomplished teacher. Annika received her MPT from MCP Hahnemann University and her BA in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University.

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April Warner is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher. She earned her double major Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Dance/Movement Therapy and Theatre from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2013.

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