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How-To — Stretching For Adult Ballerinas

OMG! My first how-to post! I’m so excited!

Firstly, remind yourself while you attempt these stretches that you’re only human.

Some people say there is a right and wrong way of doing stretches.

I tend to think it’s all a bit open to interpretation.

Okay, so here are the stretches I want to show you today. Enjoy! 🙂

1) The Floor Has Never Felt So Fucking Far Away

This stretch is to release the hamstrings. You want to gently reach down to the floor.

It helps if you stretch your fingers out really wide and express all your pain with your face.

Visualization has been proven to be a powerful tool. Being able to see yourself reaching further may help your progress. So hallucinogenic fungi might be helpful for this one.

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2) The Crotch Cramp 

In this stretch you want to place your foot on the barre and gently reach for it. If you feel your crotch starting to cramp up, you’re probably on the right track.

It’s important to aim for straight legs and back in this stretch. But most important is that you fully express how badly you want to reach your foot.

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3) The Crotch Cramp — With Port De Bras and Happy Face. 

When you are feeling confident with your execution of The Crotch Cramp stretch, it is probably time to add some delicate ballet arms and ballet face to the pose.

When doing this, you simply want to do the same as the previous stretch, but add some lovely fifth position arms and turn toward the camera/audience/teacher and express your best, delicate, in control, poised ballet smile.

Again, it’s important to hold straight legs and back. But more importantly, your smile should hide the pain you and your crotch are in.

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4) The Barre Hang

This stretch is important for developing your front splits. It’s mainly just important that you look really proud of yourself and that you hold on really tight so that you don’t fall onto the floor and break your vagina.

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5) The Barre Hang — With Port De Bras

This stretch is fairly self explanatory. You are simply adding some lovely port-de-bras to the previous stretch. We do this because adding another level of complexity to our exercises always helps us progress so much more (as you can see in the photo demonstration.)

It’s really important to relax into this stretch.

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I hope you have found this how-to tutorial helpful. If you would like to see any other how-to tutorials from me, let me know in the comments or on one of the social media gatherings.

Zoe xxx

****DISCLAIMER****

This is a joke.

This is not real instruction.

Don’t do these stretches like this.

Don’t stretch without being really warm first, and I don’t mean warm in front of a fire, I mean having warm muscles.

Don’t stretch without instruction from someone.

Don’t pull those faces.

Don’t be stupid.

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I Have a Question for Everyone…

Do you remember a time before you were as flexible as you are now? And do you remember when you first started to see a change in your flexibility? What was is like to see that change happening?

I know some of you out there are super-splitsy-flexible and others are still a work in progress, but even if it you are just starting to make slow progress, do you remember before?

For me, I am still at only just touching my toes, and stretching is a very frustratingly slow business. Most days I feel like I will never make it any further, but I hope with persistence I will. And I did have that recent photo in the park that showed me my leg in arabesque was able to reach higher. In any case, despite my seemingly slow progress, I CAN remember a time when I couldn’t touch my toes and I CAN remember what it felt like to be seeing the change!

I had been really focussed on keeping a flat back while bending forward, to bend from my hips and stretch out the backs of my legs. So lots of persistence later, I went into my stretch one day after a huge warm-up, and my fingertips touched the floor! I was so amazed I actually let out a little squeal. My hubby and kids turned around to see it and everyone got all excited for me. 

For me, it felt powerful. Strong. Confident. Seeing positive change in your body is so amazingly empowering. 

So I’d love to hear your stories of when you saw the change and what it felt like before and after?

BB