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Circus and Changing Realities 2020–Somatic Movement Solutions in Times of Stress

Welcome to Circus and Changing Realities 2020In this episode titled Somatic Solutions in Times of Stress, we have gathered professionals in physiotherapy and performing arts medicine to discuss the role of physical therapy and therapeutic care in circus. Topics will cover physiotherapy techniques and goals specifically for the circus artist, trends in training and injury patterns, and even explore how working with circus performers has changed during the quarantine period. Our moderators, frequent CircusTalk contributors James Wellington and Daniel Nogueira will even dig into some advice for the circus artist during this time of closed venues and training spaces.
This is a multi-part panel about how trauma affects circus artists during this time of turmoil we are facing. The first panel solely focuses on COVID-19 related challenges that circus artists face with advice from this panel of physiotherapists. In the next panel, the moderators and panelists will explore how physical therapy can support POC in the circus community especially during this time of heightened trauma.
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Daniel Nogueira
Physical Therapist -United Kingdom
Daniel Nogueira is a professional led by the most recent neuroscience studies about pain and modern concepts on performance and motor control. He has more than 13 years of experience in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions, having worked with groups ranging from professional performing arts community to sedentary and elderly population. He seeks to empower people who suffer with pain processes through knowledge, identifying and changing harmful physical and mental patterns, as well as to contribute to the development of physiotherapy and education in pain.
James Wellington
Physical Therapist -United Kingdom
James Wellington is a physiotherapist specialising in circus arts,and the founder & director of Perform Health Ltd. Born and bred in London, UK. He studied Physiotherapy in Manchester in the late 90s and obtained his MSc in Sports Physiotherapy from University College London in 2006.
After visiting the Circus Space in London (now renamed the National Centre for Circus Arts) in 2005 there was no looking back. The Circus Arts was his new focus. He took on the role as Resident Physiotherapist at the National Centre from 2007-2011 and continued to oversee the physiotherapy and athletic therapy provision to the degree students until 2015.
From 2012, he has also been working between in Barcelona, Spain where he teaches at the Barcelona Circus School (Centre de les Arts del Circ Rogelio Rivel) and main training space for circus professionals (La Central del Circ).
In 2012 he won the contract to provide therapy services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies, a vast, 6-month project in which him and his team were responsible for over 2,000 performers of mixed ages and abilities.
In the same year he founded and became Managing Director of Perform Health Ltd, a company dedicated to improving the health and vitality of performing artists. He opened a consulting and treatment studio behind the National Centre for Circus Arts which provides performing artists of all levels easy access to an expert team of clinicians, all with specialist knowledge of performing arts medicine.
Currently, he works not only as a practicing performing arts physiotherapist, but also as a researcher and educator in the field of circus medicine.
Circus performers from all over the world now choose to work with James and his team of associates because they provide solutions in ways they can relate to. With the knowledge of what a performer requires to enhance their performance ability, they apply sound and simple solutions to match these specific needs.
He speaks English, Italian and Spanish.

Daniel Nogueira

Daniel Nogueira is a professional led by the most recent neuroscience studies about pain and modern concepts on performance and motor control. He has more than 13 years of experience in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions, having worked with groups ranging from professional performing arts community to sedentary and elderly population. He seeks to empower people who suffer with pain processes through knowledge, identifying and changing harmful physical and mental patterns, as well as to contribute to the development of physiotherapy and education in pain.

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