Body Conditioning #3 : Slow Stretches

With all the practice you been putting into your body, it is very important take a break and stretch out all your muscles. This month, we are taking it one step at a time with SLOW STRETCHES, while improving flexibility at the same time. Scroll on for great follow-along videos – editor-recommended!

Editor’s Note: I am a firm believer in stretching. Especially since I am not naturally flexible, it is always a key thing for me to do my stretches before and after a class. It reduces the chances of injury and gets my extensions higher!

Without further ado, let’s plunge into the videos!

One for the long days.

if you have time on your hands, this is a MUST TRY. Not only does it get deep into the tissues of your tense muscles, it acts as a slow burn, allowing release in your joints.

Something slightly shorter for the busy dancers, take just 20 minutes out of your day to do this stretching and we promise your muscles will loosen up immediately!

Still don’t have time? Don’t worry, we got you covered.

Cutting it right down to 10 minutes in your day, you wouldn’t have any excuse not to stretch!

Of course, it is important to ensure your muscles are warm before stretching, or you will risk injuring yourself! A simple and quick trick to warm your muscles is to do quick high knees on the spot for 30 seconds and jumping jacks for another 30 seconds.

In order to see major improvement, practicing every day is often encouraged. However, do watch your body and where you are currently in your dance practice. If any pain is felt anywhere, take the time out to rest. After all, resting is part and parcel of improvement as well. Safety is always more important than looking good on stage!

What other types of techniques would you like us to talk about? Let us know in the comments below!

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