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April 16, 2020 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Online
Wellness & Self-Care

Performer Wellness: Muscle Release Exercises and Massage Techniques

Taught by Courtney Liu

About the Workshop

Looking for some calm in the storm? An hour away to take care of yourself? This workshop, originally designed as an in-person DukeCreate Workshop, has been redesigned for an online format! Start your day with Courtney Liu (MFA student, professional dancer, yoga instructor) for an hour of muscle release, massage techniques, and relaxation. By releasing the tension we carry in our bodies, we support our vitality, improve our mental/physical performance, and cultivate an inner sense of peace and contentment. Techniques will focus on the feet, calves, hamstrings, hips, hip flexors, shoulders, neck, and more. Treat yourself to an evening of compassion and care for your body. You’ll leave feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world again!

DISCLAIMER: This program involves physical exertion and movement through and across space, so before beginning ensure you have adequate clear, safe space free of obstacles to move and are wearing appropriate footwear for the floor surface. If more than one person will be participating, ensure adequate space to avoid contact with other participants. It is your responsibility to use personal judgment concerning the degree of your participation in the activities, and to determine that you are in proper physical condition to participate in such activities. Participation by Duke University or Duke University Health System employees in this program is completely voluntary. Employees are free to join or take part (or not take part) with no repercussion or reflection (positive or negative) on their employment.

About the Instructor

“In the transition to quarantine life I have seen my social media feed populated with the many things we ‘should’ be doing with our free time: getting a beach body, writing the novel we always wanted to write, cooking gourmet meals, etc.  I wanted to design online DukeCreate workshops that take the focus off appearance and productivity so we can move together towards creativity, contentment, and wellness. This is one of the joys of the arts… it doesn’t have to be a ‘should’… it can be a ‘wouldn’t it be cool if we…?'”

Courtney Liu is a Duke alum (Trinity 2013, Psychology), professional dancer, ballet teacher, yoga instructor, and part of the inaugural cohort of Duke’s new M.F.A. in Dance. She has taught ballet nationally and internationally for the past 12 years and currently serves as a faculty member and/or guest instructor at Chapel Hill School of Ballet, Durham School for Ballet and the Performing Arts, Nina’s School of Dance, and Walltown Children’s Theater.  She earned her RYT-200 yoga certification when she was a junior at Duke and has taught for New York Yoga and Duke Fitness and Recreation.

About the Location

This workshop will meet online via Zoom. See link at top of page.

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email DukeCreate@duke.edu if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).