Our favorite spots to use the TheraGun were on our quads, back and triceps.
Don't think you're about to get a calming massage when you pick up the TheraGun. Using this device feels more like being lightly punched 40 times per second.
Inventor Jason S. Wersland is a chiropractor who created the tool as a portable treatment device for his patients. He says the unique amplitude and frequency work to override pain signals in the brain, allowing you to achieve the equivalent of a deep tissue massage without the deep tissue discomfort.
It's an intense experience that's already grown popular with professional athletes. We can see why: When testing it out, we found that it temporarily reduced soreness pretty significantly, providing serious relief for at least an hour or two.
The downside? It's about as loud as a power drill—not exactly appropriate for the rehearsal studio or backstage. It's also a serious investment, with a $599 price tag.
This tool combines vibration with traditional foam rolling to relax the muscles as you roll out. It's less of a rapid punch to the muscles, and more like a continuous shake. (But beware that it can bounce away from you if you're not careful when you release your weight from it.)
Hyperice claims the specifically-designed vibrations help to release fascia, relax muscles and increase circulation. One study—partially funded by Hyperice—found that vibrating foam rollers improve range of motion more than traditional rollers. Starts at $199.
The Power Plate platform gives body weight exercises an extra challenge.
Whole-body vibration platforms like Power Plate aren't meant for massage—they're a workout accessory. You need to be doing exercises like squats and tricep dips on top of it while it shakes your full body to reap the rewards.
These platforms have been around long enough to build up a meaty body of research backing their benefits, from decreased muscle soreness to increased heart rate recovery. Our own study found conclusive evidence that they make boring exercises like squats and lunges a whole lot more challenging—and fun.
Yet with prices ranging from $1,495 to $14,995, these machines are more likely to be found at the gym than in dancers' private homes.
Doing lunges while your whole body shakes definitely kicks things up a notch. Photo by Chris Fanning.
Classes at the New York City boutique studio Shock Therapy deck out every participant in their own "power suit." The vest and shorts-like combo is studded with electrodes that send pulses of vibrations to cause your muscles to contract. (Imagine a bigger version of the e-stim squares your physical therapist might stick on your muscles at the end of a session to increase blood flow.)
Shockwaves from the suit amp up basic workout moves like jumping jacks and bicep curls during a half hour–long class, led by an avatar that demonstrates what to do while the live instructor controls the intensity of the electrical impulses.
The classes—which first grew popular in Europe—supposedly condense three hours' worth of exercise into 30 minutes. Of course, bold claims like that always make us skeptical. But for anyone willing to drop $55 on a half-hour workout, it's definitely an experience you'll remember long after your sore muscles recover.
Devon Teuscher performing the titular role in Jane Eyre. Photo by Gene Schiavone, Courtesy ABT
Story ballets that debut during American Ballet Theatre's spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House are always the subject of much curiosity—and, sometimes, much debate. Cathy Marston's Jane Eyre was no different. The ballet follows the eponymous heroine of Charlotte Brönte's novel as she grows from a willful orphan to a self-possessed governess, charting her romance with the haughty Mr. Rochester and the social forces that threaten to tear them apart.
While the ballet was warmly received in the UK when Northern Ballet premiered it in 2016, its reception from New York City–based critics has been far less welcoming. A group of editors from Dance Magazine and two of our sister publications, Dance Spirit and Pointe, sat down to discuss our own reactions.