As a dancer, your body is your capital!
Hiroichi Tategata (dancer/choreographer)
``Hoshikuzu Pump'', which started in September, had to be withdrawn due to an injury. We sincerely apologize for the worry and inconvenience caused to you.
Thanks to all the dedication I put into rehabilitation, my recovery from my injury is going well. I will do my best to appear in front of you all in good health on stage at THE CONVOY SHOW in December, so please look forward to it!
I took this opportunity to reflect on how I build my body as a dancer.
I currently train with a personal trainer twice a week. However, this became a habit I developed in my late 30s, and I didn't put much effort into it when I was younger. Even though I was extremely thin and had a complex about it, I thought, ``I have a constitution that prevents me from gaining muscle, so it can't be helped.'' I didn't have a lot of muscle compared to my height, so I had many injuries, but in my 20s, even if I was tired, I would feel better after a night's sleep, and injuries would heal quickly. This is a bad idea, even though a dancer's body is their capital.
I met my current trainer when I was 37 years old.
``In its current state, the engine is too small, which means there is not enough muscle mass to work with it, so it cannot perform well as it is.''
I remember being told that. Just like in a car, you can achieve more delicate performance by turning the engine bigger and moving your body where it has more room. I was satisfied with the idea, so I immediately asked them to create a menu and began training.
However, it was difficult at first. It's hard to see visible results or changes just by doing simple training. The situation started to change after three months. I feel happy when I see a visible change in my body, and my life becomes easier because I am relieved of the pain in my lower back and numbness in my fingers that I was bothered by on a daily basis.
And best of all, I no longer get injured. I really felt that this is what it means to train your body.
Since then, I've been doing a detailed training menu, always thinking about the muscle strength and physical strength required for my next project. The requirements vary depending on whether you want to dance hard or focus on acting.
Also, when you suffer an injury like this, it is important to approach your recovery with a schedule in mind. Not surprisingly, this time I started rehabilitation the day after surgery. Of course, you won't be able to move your injured right leg right away, but by stimulating the muscles in your left leg, you can prevent the weakening of your right leg muscles to some extent. They say it's because we instinctively try to maintain balance between our legs, but the human body is a strange thing, isn't it?
By finding a trainer who understands my body and whom I can trust, I have become more confident on stage and my performance has improved. We often hear that the mind and body are connected, and this is true. For example, when I sprain a sprain, my trainer tells me, ``I'll make sure to tape it properly, so it's okay,'' and I can concentrate on dancing with peace of mind.
My goal is to continue to stand on stage as an expressive person with a strong presence, with a body and spirit full of tension, no matter how old I get. To achieve this, I believe that I have to maintain my body properly and pay close attention to my body.
Photography cooperation: Don Giovanni