Sunday, January 18, 2009
DanceMind: Dear Janie, Sleep, Sleep Sleep ...
I just had to share this story. A Mom purchased the Stepping to Sleep CD for her daughter last summer. The daughter was not interested (she is 16) ... she said that she slept ok and was performing fine.
The truth, according to Mom, was that her sleep was less than 7 hours and she was not getting great roles because her performance was not as progressive as her teachers thought if could be.
In November, Casey began listening to the CD because she was really tired. She popped it into her ipod, crawled into bed and fell to sleep listening to it. She listened to the program and fell to sleep waking up in the morning feeling unusually well.
Each time she listened to it, she fell asleep faster and woke up feeling even more energized.
Now she does not understand guided programs really how they effect her brain, muscles and performance but what she does know is that she feels rested and ready.
Her teachers noticed her an increase in motivation, a cleaner technique and more presence in her performance. For the Nutcracker her roles remained the same.
Last week, her teachers said it was time for her to move up to the next level early. She was stronger, more pumped about class and more confident.
Who could believe that improving your dance practice with your eyes closed could really work. Sleep makes a difference.
Dance Magazine recommended it in June, 2008. They know the importance of sleep.
Sanna Carapellotti, MS CHT
Performance Coach and Hypnotherapist