To Your Health
May, 2007 (Vol. 01, Issue 05)
You mentioned you use massage therapy as well?
I have massages regularly, but it depends on the need. I go at least once a month, sometimes twice a week. I'm a huge proponent of Epsom salt baths, chiropractic care and massage therapy to release the muscles in the back. Since I have scoliosis in my back, a pelvic girdle that is slightly off, and a prior injury, I get pain in my back regularly. I seek out massage therapy for relaxation, but primarily I seek it to break up knots or recurring back problems that I can feel on stage.
Can you summarize your health care philosophy for us?
The most important things are eating healthy, eating a lot of vegetables, taking multivitamins, drinking at least eight glasses of water per day and not overindulging in alcohol.
You should exercise 3-5 times per week to keep your metabolism high and keep your cardiovascular system healthy. Yoga is a great workout, and meditation benefits your spirit and your mental health. All of those things assist your physical health.
Elizabeth with fellow actor Tim Martin Gleason as Raoul in a scene from "Phantom.” Photograph By Joan Marcus
Chiropractic care has definitely benefited me, not only in my career but also in my daily life. I've learned about my body, how I'm walking and what physical ailments I may suffer from. I'm aware that there are things I can do to ameliorate those problems. My health care philosophy is to do things that are smart - eat well, exercise regularly and do things that diminish stress in your life, from yoga to reading a book.
What advice would you give to younger actors/actresses or people who aspire to follow in your footsteps?
Follow your instincts for what truly drives you and inspires you to be on stage, because it does involve struggle and instability. If you're going to do this job, you have to take extra precautions in taking care of yourself, because those things can only help you reach your goal. Discipline, commitment, dedication, a positive attitude and support are the most important things.
What are your current aspirations?
Elizabeth Loyacano as Christine in the Las Vegas production. Photograph By Joan Marcus
My aspirations involve film and television. In college, I was a film major. I dreamt of filing taxes as a dancer, and I did it. As I became exposed to the career of dancer, I began to see that I had to become a triple threat to go further on Broadway; I had to be able to dance, sing and act. I narrowed my goals to become a lead on Broadway, which I got to do in the role of Mina in "Dracula." I was able to originate the role of Christine in "Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular." As I've gained experience, I'm more invested in acting, so I'd like to move into film and television, but also keep my roots and originate a role on Broadway in New York.
Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readership?
I was exposed to a highly inaccurate stigma about chiropractors. Dancing an eight-show week has physical challenges - the stairs we climb every night, the weight of the costumes, being thrown to the floor. Chiropractic care helped me learn about my body and the importance of, as my chiropractor says, keeping my spine a green twig instead of a brown twig. Keeping my neck from causing me pain after projecting my head forward for hours would be impossible without a chiropractor.
My ignorance prior to this experience was based on unreliable opinions, and it could've prevented me from having the success I've had on stage. Without chiropractic, I would've been in dire straights because of the strain on my neck and back. Instead, I've learned what exercises to do to keep my neck and back flexible.