ANSWER = 10 mins per day…Every day! At home and in your Ballet Class!
Flexibility in our bodies is something ballet dancers are known and recognised for, and what many of our young ballet dancers list as their top goals to achieve during their dance journey.
Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight, which puts you at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage. This is the last thing we want to happen in a ballet class!
Stretching once today won’t magically give you perfect flexibility. You’ll need to do it over time and remain committed to the process. By setting aside 10 minutes per day for your dancer, within 30 days you will see a vast improvement.
Stretching at the Ballet Barre is an important part of our ballet class at our Ellenbrook and Joondalup studios. Once we have completed a full warm up, usually 20-30 minutes into the class, our more intense stretches can commence.
Some examples of things you can do:
- Stretching out your hamstrings while sitting on the floor reading.
- Sitting in second splits while playing on the Ipad.
- Even propping your leg up on the towel rack while brushing your teeth!
Call me crazy but it works!
Consistency is the key to improving your flexibility. So remember – stretching every day for 10 minutes is better than stretching once a week for 1 hour! I can’t wait to see your progress!
Miss Erin xx
PS – If you would like some more information on when our Ballet Classes are held CLICK HERE!