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Troubleshooting Pectineus ZST ~Certainty~

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When it comes to ~Certainty~ ZST and inability to perform this technique correctly or perform it at all, we want to look at possible issues.  Rectus Femoris – a particularly important muscle that can get in the way of ~Certainty~ ZST, simply because it requires the knee to be extended and the hip to be flexed for the muscle to be in a short range. If the muscle is not flexible enough needing to go into hip extension, although ~Certainty~ ZST is hip extension/abduction, it is not a pure hip extension, with a flexed knee, can prevent this technique from being performed correctly. So, if you can get into position but the second you have to flex your knee you feel your hips being pulled back, you may need to work on flexibility of Rectus Femoris by practicing ~Clarity~ ZST.

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Why stretching alone will not help you with thoracic hyperextension

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Why stretching alone will not help you with thoracic hyperextension. When I ask about the challenges of back extension flexibility one of the biggest issues that came up was thoracic hyperextension. Many people are able to hyperextend or bend back their spine at the lumbar or the lower back, but they are not able to do it higher than that. Some people believe it's because they're not stretching the right muscles, that is an incorrect assumption. The same muscles that flex the lumbar spine other muscles that flex your lumbar spine are the same muscles that flex your thoracic Spine....

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Exactly how much back flexibility do you need to do a perfect Arabesque?

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Lower Back Spasms During Arabesque and How to Prevent Them

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Lower Back Spasms During Arabesque and How to Prevent Them One of the questions I got when discussing the Arabesque was lower back spasms experienced by many dancers. This is especially true of the beginning students, but this can also apply to the advanced students, especially if multiple performances follow each other closely, or there is a special Arabesque requirement such as in specific choreography. In Arabesque position the muscles contract in short range. Short range is not the strongest range for a muscle, the strongest range for a muscle is middle range. For example, if you are doing a...

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Is it possible to perform an Arabesque with a neutral spine?

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Is it possible to perform an Arabesque with a neutral spine? Meaning that the hyperextension of the hip will take place from the hip only and there will be no hyper extension of the spine? Is this possible? The answer depends on what tissues you are trying to stretch. Are you looking at the limit of muscular flexibility? Or are you willing to stretch the ligaments? Scroll down to try a special FREE exercise below which will improve your Arabesque & Attitude Derriere in minutes! It is accepted that the ligaments resist the hyperextension of the hip between 15 and...

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