The topic of my workshop is Using Dance and Choreographic Devices to Enhance Leaning of Fascial and Biotensegral Motion!
With more than 50 years of dance training and 33 years of experience and in-depth physical therapy training, May Kesler has brought her healing touch and expertise in physical and massage therapy and movement dynamics to many people.
May graduated from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, School of Physical Therapy, in 1982, and has 29 years of experience as a physical therapist as well as being a licensed massage therapist.
She specializes in the integration of manual therapies such as myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, mobilization, trigger point release, somatoemotional release, lymphatic drainage, and visceral manipulation.
She adds her more than 50 years of experience as a dancer and her studies in Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Technique, yoga, and Pilates to her work in exercise and movement reeducation.
Most recently, she has become the only physical therapist in the USA to become a Certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre Teacher. May is adapting Floor-Barre for those recovering from injuries and musculoskeletal dysfunction. This will bring the Floor-Barre Technique from the elite dancer’s world to help those who need gentle but simply effective strengthening most.
She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the International Association of Health Care Practitioners and the American Bodyworker Massage Professionals.
May’s work is infused with compassion and sensitivity that was forged when her mother, a pediatrician and May’s role model, died of breast cancer when May was a teenager.
May’s devotion to dance started formally in childhood with Helena Baron School of Ballet. This part of her life, coupled with the experiences of healing with her mother, brought May to focus her work on the union of body, mind, spirit and motion in healing.
In addition to her healing profession, she is a lecturer and published author. Her article “Healing the Dance” was published in the book Working Wonders edited by Dr. John Upledger in 2005. She choreographed a version of The Outlander Druid Dance for Outlander Odysseys in 2015.
She was also movement director for the off-Broadway musical production of Creeps in 1985, and has worked as a choreographer and performer in New Jersey, New York, Florida, Arizona, and Washington, DC.