WHY HOW AND WHEN TO STRETCH
Stretching is key to improving your ability as a dancer. Stretching has many benefits including flexibility, stronger technique, improved lines and range of motion, muscle awareness and injury prevention. Stretching is just as important as daily exercise for all ages. It helps blood flow to the muscles and cartilage and helps to relax us. Stretching creates long lean muscles required for dancers and athletes. Stretching helps muscles to be more pliable.
The build up of stress makes our muscles contract. This stress makes us feel tension not only to our bodies but also to our minds. Stretching eases this stress and helps us to relax. It also releases endorphins, so we feel good.
Stretching helps to correct our posture by lengthening tight muscles. Stress strains our muscles and pulls them into directions they shouldn’t be, stretching encourages muscles into their correct alignment. This helps to relieve aching pains. Tight muscles can make us feel lethargic.
Stretching will give us improved energy by increasing the blood flow through our body.
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