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Reach For It: Advancing Your Back and Shoulder Flexibility

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How did last week go? Are your shoulders feeling more open? Have you been able to grab your foot behind you at all, or made any progress that way? Make sure you are all caught up by reading last week's post here!  First, we will troubleshoot any issues you may be having with the last exercise we explained that targeted the lattismus dorsi and pectoralis major, and also ways to increase this stretching movement. Then, we will go over a few more tips to get you closer to your goal and reaching for it in no time! If you are...

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Injury Edition: Low Back Sprain

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Dancers are very tuned in to the messages the body sends on a daily basis. They must act quickly when an injury is present. By this time, you have learned how to identify whether your pain is just a sore muscle or if you are dealing with a potential injury. If you are just joining us, check out The Injury Edition: Good Pain vs Bad Pain for this information. Today we will be focusing on the low back and discussing specific injuries, causes, and preventative measures starting from the bottom up. The Low Back The lower back is made up of three...

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Want to be flexible? Sometimes you need to go beyond stretching the muscle

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In this article we'll talk about a very unique stretching technique called ~Harmony~ (the ~Name~ in between tildes "~     ~" indicates a Kinesiological Stretching Technique KST). A Unique Technique To be fair each KST is unique because they are structured to go against the line of pull of a specific muscle, while positioning the body to move the target and leverage with least resistance. However ~Harmony~ does something other KST does not do. It's not purely a muscle stretch.  Here is what ~Harmony~ looks like The articulation of the ankle is leveraged against the hip joint. If you...

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Reach For It: Troubleshooting Back and Shoulder Flexibility

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By now, you have probably tried last week’s exercise. How is your Pigeon or Dancer Pose coming along? Did you have any issues with it or see any improvements? If you struggled to see any improvement, here are some tips as to why that happened. Twist Lower It is important to rotate during the Leverage from as low on the spine as possible. This way you are stretching your psoas muscle while simultaneously working the stabilizing back muscles. If you only twist from the upper spine, the psoas will not be affected. So if you twist to the right first,...

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Reach For It: Strength and Flexibility In Your Back and Shoulders

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Have you ever tried to reach back for your foot and felt stuck? We are going to help you with that in this next series. One of the most commonly sought after stretches for yogis, dancers, and aerialists is to be able to reach your foot from behind, such as in a full Dancer’s Pose (Natarajasana) or full King Pigeon Pose(Eka Pada Raja Kapatonasana). These positions require an incredible amount of opening in the hip flexors, spine extensors, and rotator cuff muscles. This article will focus on opening up the back,  shoulder, and abdominal muscles to accomplish these challenging positions. Whether...

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