Osteopathy of the Embrace
TangOsteopathy™ is a term that Miss Cruz coined to define the experience and learning of Tango dance movements through the lenses of a holistic, whole-organism alternative medicine as Osteopathy.
For TangOsteopathy™, Diana Cruz and Karin Gerhardt join their passion, knowledge and many years of experience in their fields of expertise, to create and offer workshop programs designed to give dancers the tools to access their full body-in-motion potentials. With focus on bringing awareness to the biomechanics and its relation to the dance, with individual and in-couples exercises for understanding and achieving alignment, strength, flexibility; and fundamentally conditioning the body for prevention of injuries and/or eventual rehabilitation.
The origin of a movement, the source of its energy. How to create space for ease of movement in the embrace. The anatomically correct positions and corporal conditions for accomplishing the figures of the dance. From where to physically generate and apply different dynamics, the build of lyrical movements, the appropriate engagement for speed, optimizing the energy expenditure. How to release pain, how to manage pressure and tension…
AND, ultimately, how to translate it all into Tango dance in a conscious way, to bring comfort, beauty, elegance and emotions to our movements, tuning our ways of communicating and connecting with other in organic balance.
Miss Gerhardt has been a physical therapist since 1986. Her additional training includes: sports medicine (Olympic Base Dortmund/Germany) Manual Therapie/Chiropractic; Osteopathy since 1992. She opened her own private praxis 1995 in Muenster, Germany. Additional, she was teaching osteopathic cranio-sacral and children’s approach classes for 12 years, still does teach master-classes in trauma-related issues in Osteopathy; did 9 years of osteopathic work with the „Intensive Care Unit/Team for Children“ in St. Franziskus Hospital Muenster.
In 2016 she moved to Hamburg to work in private praxis in her dream city. Karin received education in Pilates, Spiraldynamics (Dr. Larsen); Continuum Movement, Baby Body Language M.Appleton and recently started a psychological/coaching training (TA).
Besides Osteopathy, her passion has always been dance and movement; she did everything from ballet, tap and jazzdance to aerobics, salsa dance and now Argentine tango.