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May Kesler has been both a physical therapist & massage therapist for 38 years, graduated from Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons 1982. She also holds an M.A. in Dance from American University in 2000. May trained in Myofascial release, Manual therapies, Alexander, Feldenkrais techniques, craniosacral therapy, and is going to be Scolipilates practitioner. May Kesler is the founder of Kesler Physical & Massage Therapy, her private practice in Chevy Chase MD, since 1984. May’s work as a PT is infused with her love of movement as a healing art, and her kinesthetic sense born of having been a dancer her whole life – over 60 years. Her intuitive sense of alignment and interoceptive connections, combined with her expertise in manual therapy techniques make her healing sessions singularly unique and powerfully effective. She is also a certified Floor-Barre teacher.
May has recently participated in fascial dissection course and fascial symposiums in Scotland, inspiring her research of the connection of fascia to movement and dance. Last year she presented ‘Using dance to teach Fascial Anatomy at Harvard Medical School’s Movementus Conference. She recently produced a video on this subject, titled “The Seeming Space Between Us – Using Dance to Describe Fascia”, which was presented as a workshop at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science 2019 conference.
May is also a Tarot in Motion teacher, a method for insightful choreography, with the founder Miriam Jacobs. They give workshops online and in person, and host retreats on this subject.
May Kesler has been dancing for over 60 years, having studied in NYC with dance icons Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, Doug Varone, David Dorfman, Lar Lubovitch, Finus Jhung, Igal Perry, and many others. She has performed in her own works with her dance company Keslerdances, and those of others in the DC area including Vincent Thomas, Jane Franklin, with Nachmo, Kista Tucker, Lou Antonini, Dance Icons, Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange, Jewish Music and Dance Concert, Dance Place and Dance Loft on 14. She is a featured dancer in Catman music video by Yoko Ono directed by Rose Mc Gowan, a dance video by Fernando Naranjo, and the book Dance Across the USA by Jonathan Givens. She is also choreographer for the musical theatre group Children’s Theatre of Annapolis, and at Glen Burnie Middle School in Maryland. Her newest dance video uses Tarot in Motion choreography, titled “Compostela”, with music by Outlander Starz TV show’s Bard, Gillebride McMillan, screened at World Outlander Day June 1, 2020.
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CREDENTIALS RECEIVED BY DFD PHYSICAL THERAPIST - STATE OF MD - LIC # 17498 MASSAGE THERAPIST - DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - LIC # MT224 CERTIFIED FLOOR-BARRE TECHNIQUE CERTIFIED MAYOFASCIAL RELEASE TECHNIQUE LIABILITY INSURANCE All documents are on file.