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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Technical Tuesday Muscles and Stretch

Technical Tuesday Muscles and Stretch

To stretch or not to stretch before class – that is the question. There are other questions too, but this is a hotly debated one. Should you stretch before class? If you haven’t warmed up at all, it isn’t a good idea (never stretch a cold muscle), but if you have just come in from jogging around the block you are probably warm enough to stretch. So the answer is: it depends.

Four basic types of stretching have been defined (see today’s link for all the details). Here are the four: ballistic dynamic, static, and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation. Whew!

Ballistic stretching involves bouncing, which I don’t recommend for dancers.
Dynamic stretching is a controlled stretching exercise that uses dance-specific movements.
Static stretching involves staying in the stretched position for 30 seconds.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation was created in the 1950s to aid patients weakened by disease, and has been reworked for dancers and athletes. It involves three different techniques, each with three phases that involve contracting and relaxing various muscle groups.

That’s a very basic overview. For a full, detailed look at stretching see today’s link.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid # 94
“There are several types of stretching technique.”

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