Inside The Royal Ballet Healthcare SuiteOn November 16, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
The facilities at The Royal Ballet are similar to what you might imagine in a Premiership football club. We have a very good gym with a lot of weight equipment, which you wouldn’t expect to find in a dance company. We have a small rehabilitation studio And we also have physiotherapy and massage therapy. It’s the full supply of facilities for the dancer. We also have some other interesting additions such as Pilates or gyrotonic training which creates complex movement patterns for the dancer to come back from injury. In the healthcare suite, my role involves working with dancers recovering from injury. So there’s really two mechanisms of injuries for the dancers here. First is acute or accidental and the second is through fatigue or overuse. When you’re asking the dancers to challenge their bodies in such an extreme way with lifts and turns and very complex movements accidents are going to happen. In the Healthcare Suite I mainly use the physio and the gym at the moment. I’ve currently got a hip injury. I’ve found that specific exercises to support that area. It’s important for me because now there’s so much choice here. If I’m feeling a bit tight or my body is feeling a bit squashed I can come and use the gyrotonics machine to lengthen. If I’m feeling like I need a little bit more strength or balance work I can come and use the Pilates equipment and be instructed that way. I can also use the gym if I’ve got a big partnering role coming up I can build myself up that way. If you don’t have such a busy day You can push yourself and work a bit harder. You can come in and just do an extra warm up before a performance If you’ve had a break from between class and you want to get your body going again, It’s great to come in here. [Physio: Stay long, scoup and come back in] The Healthcare Suite is really important for The Royal Ballet because it allows the dancers to have a long and successful and full career. And it also helps us to give them the tools that they can take through later life so that they can also end their career at The Royal Ballet fit and healthy and well. Rehab is so, so important I really learnt the difference and impact it has. The Healthcare Suite is so important for dancers It’s there as a support for a dancer really And we’re so lucky to have this on site.