Angela Rauter, AP, DOM, LMT, Pilates | Article

Acupuncture for Dancers, It Works!

Acupuncture Group Creates New Opportunities for NYC Dancers
Dancers Say Traditional Chinese Medicine Helped Them Land Jobs; Claim Seven Point Wellness "Changed Their Lives"

PR Newswire
NEW YORK, Oct. 19, 2011
NEW YORK, Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For professional dancers in New York City, getting the job means everything. For many, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has quietly become an effective way to ensure success in preparing for an audition or a big show, according to Seven Point Wellness, a TCM group in midtown Manhattan.

Recent studies have named acupuncture as the treatment of choice by many dancers for musculoskeletal injury, localized pain and inflammation, and the repetitive stress that accompany overtraining and long rehearsals. Seven Point co-founders Phil Veneziano, M.S., L.Ac., and his wife and partner Cristina R. de La Mar, M.S., L.Ac., Doula, use their tools to help dancers recover and correct structural imbalances so they can avoid the pain of re-injury and time out of work. Many performing artists also come to Phil and Cristina for help with the emotional aspects of their careers: overcoming audition anxiety, stage fright and pre-performance insomnia.

"TCM techniques like acupuncture, Tui Na (soft tissue manipulation), and other manual therapies have proven incredibly effective at helping our dance patients recover from injury and prepare for the emotional challenges of working as a New York City dancer," said Phil, a New York State–licensed acupuncturist, Tui Na practitioner, and herbalist. "On top of living in one of the world's most stressful and frenetic cities, New York dancers have rigorous rehearsal schedules and endure intense strain on their bodies. We undo a lot of that stress and help people heal."

Located at 16 East 40th Street – convenient to Manhattan's artistic and theatrical community – Seven Point Wellness is a must for many dancers, who turn to TCM for injury rehabilitation and freedom from physical and emotional stress. Hannah, a 23-year-old professional dancer/actress, said Seven Point helped her reclaim her career and changed its trajectory for the better. "Not only couldn't I dance before Phil treated me, I couldn't walk!," said Hannah. "My knee and hip were in constant pain. Now I'm back in class and auditioning, and with more flexibility than I've had in a long time."

"Thanks to Phil, I have more energy and less back pain," added Aaron, a professional dancer and choreographer. "I've been able to dance more fully with increased endurance, like I could 20 years ago. This work has transformed my career."

To help raise awareness of the unique benefit of TCM for the NYC dancer community, from now through January 10, 2012, Seven Point Wellness will offer working NYC dancers their first appointment for half the usual fee. This important first visit includes a full health history, acupuncture, bodywork, herbal consultation, nutritional and lifestyle assessment, and other Eastern therapies (i.e. Gua Sha, Moxibustion, and more).

Working dancers who wish to participate in the Seven Point promotion can mention the code "DANCER WELLNESS" when making an appointment. Eligibility information is available at www.sevenpointwellness.com under "PROGRAMS."