Start fresh with a clean studio.
Back to school often means Cold Season!!! Be sure to wipe down
Ballet Barres, door handles, telephones (don't neglect your cell phone either) and
any other place where many hands touch. Have Sanitizers and proper hand wash
in the bathroom to keep up with germs. Have paper towels instead of cloth and gel soap instead of bar.
Save time and clean house.
It's time to make your home stress free. Clean out all your summer
clothes and prepare winter shoes and clothes for fall. This will save time in the
morning and give you an idea of items needed for the new season ahead. Go
through your makeup bag and throw out anything that doesn't look good on you.
Why hold onto colors that don't help you look your best and risk applying that
when you're in a hurry. Look for products that smell funny or have separated.
Summer heat and humidity can do a number on your products and increase
bacteria causing products to spoil.
To help products last longer,
store in a cool dark place like the fridge (cold is a bacteria inhibitor) or a box.
Keep out of sunlight and warm humid places like the bathroom. Shake liquids
up every once in a while. If pigments separate and don't shake back together,
toss it. Avoid touching products with your fingers (bacteria). Use sponges.
Brushes and Q-tips whenever you can. Keep lids closed tightly. Never share
Lift your spirits and increase your creativity.
Home and the studio should be a place of inspiration. Hang your favorite motivational pictures, success
stories that inspire, photos of students that make you proud. Use color to set the mood by painting or
re-decorating with bright pillows or drapes. Here's a list of colors and how they set the mood:
for more energy and boost confidence. Yellow- to stimulate the mind and feel
Green- to relieve tension, feel calm and focused. Orange- to cheer up, feel optimistic and
increase enthusiasm .
Violet or Purple -to clear your mind and increase creativity. Blue-to unwind,
relax and feel cool.
Pink- to feel romantic, gentle and excited.
Give your studio a breath of fresh air.
Smells not only affect us emotionally but physically. Taste is actually about 90% smell. Be sure your
studio doesn't smell like old jazz shoes! Use scents around the studio to inspire all who walk through
your doors. The best way to use Aromatherapy is purchase essential oils. These can be sprinkled over
potpourri, warmed in water or sprayed in the home or studio. You can even use these scents for the
bath, shower or in a body lotion can help you enjoy the benefits all day. Here are a few scents and the
power they behold upon you:
: smell scents of green apple, cucumber, sandalwood, cedar.
smell scents of peppermint, jasmine.
Increase energy and stimulate:
smell scents in peppermint, menthol, eucalyptus,
lemon, vanilla, evergreen, fir, pine or spruce.
For quiet focus
: smell scent in lavender, frankincense, sandalwood, rose, cedar,
: smell scents in lavender, vanilla.
Help comprehension for learning
- smell scents of mixed florals.
- rosemary, peppermint, basil, ginger, juniper.
smell scents in banana, green apple, peppermint.
Native Americans have burned herbs for centuries. Sage is burned to cleanse the
mind, heart, and home. Sweetgrass is burned to call good spirits
Give yourself time to breathe.
Essential oils and bontanicals can influence the health of your body and help you de-stress from the
new seasons hectic pace. You're on all day and into the night so take a little time off for your self. Use
these scents and botanicals in shower gel or in your bath.
A bath is the best way to keep your immune system strong and your body feeling great!
Here is a list of wonderful herbs to look for in your favorite products. Try making your own by
mixing 10-12 drops of concentrated, scented essential oils, into a neutral oil like
almond or avocado, then pour into your bath.
If you are mixing scents and botanicals for healing, be sure to test a drop of each
mixed together to see if the combination smells nice. For the best aroma, it's best
to mix just a few scents together.
The bath; how hot, what to put in, and how long to soak it up.
Muscle warm-up : try a 10 minute long warm bath (95 F-105 F) to increase the
internal temperature of the muscles. This makes them more flexible and pliable to
reduce the chance of injury.
Frazzled nerves : try a 10-20 minute long bath in hot water (102-104 F) which
dilates your blood vessels and increases a sense of calm. For nerves try bath
soaks containing geranium, vanilla, jasmine, peppermint, lavender, and seaweed.
Aching Muscles : try a 10-15 minute warm bath (92-102) so muscles relax slowly.
For muscle relaxation try bath products containing peppermint, primrose, lemon,
bergamot, rosemary, and cypress.
For Exhaustion : try a warm bath for 10-15 minutes. Toease sleep try bath
products with lavender, chamomile, rose, and neroli.
To Energize : soak in a bubble bath with citrus such as lemon, orange, or
grapefruit. Other botanicals to lift your spirits are peppermint, bergamot,
patchouli, rosemary or eucalyptus.
For a stiff back : try a 5-10 minute long hot bath (102-104 F). Dip a small towel
in diluted soothing oils of menthol, eucalyptus, juniper, peppermint, and lavender.
Wrap it around your neck or place it behind your back.
Remember to limit your bath to a maximum of 20 minutes. Water that's too hot
can dry you out, irritate skin and even rupture capillaries. The hotter the bath
the shorter the time in it.
After a bath allow yourself ten minutes or so to lie down and relax
The new season is a time to embrace what you love most....DANCE! Making your dance environment
a place of inspiration and health will only make you more creative and more effective.