Stretching Exercises For Adult Ballet

Maybe you are still just thinking about whether to start an adult ballet class. And you wonder about stretching exercises – where do you begin.

Probably you are a little more limber than the “average” adult who would like to dance, maybe in adult ballet. You have a feel for movement and love music and are attracted to ballet. This article will give you some pointers and a reference to learning all you need to know about stretching exercises for an adult ballet class, as well as important relaxation techniques.

How To Start Stretching Exercises

It’s best to learn some relaxation techniques along with your stretching routines.One of the easiest relaxation techniques for you to do yourself is with a Pinkie Ball, or a soft sports ball. This is included in the flexibility exercises instruction mentioned below.

The following muscles groups will need to be both strengthened and stretched; your postural or spine muscles, your hip, or ballet turnout muscles, the back of the thigh or hamstring muscles, the front of the thigh or quadriceps muscles, the calf muscles, and the ankle or ankle joint muscles.

The postural or spine muscle is called the Iliopsoas muscle. This muscle runs from your thigh, over your hip joint at the front, up to your spine. It is an anterior, or front of spine muscle. If it is flexible, you will be able to lift your leg to the back, bending freely at the back of the waist, or you will be able to do a back bend with ease.

Your hip or ballet turnout muscles are The Piriformis and Hip Rotator Muscles. These are not your big “butt” muscles, but lay underneath them. Because ballet works these muscles hard, they need to be stretched and relaxed, in order to retain good muscle tone.

The hamstring muscle at the back of the thigh; did anyone ever challenge you to bend forward and put the palm of your hands on the ground? If you can do this, you have flexible hamstring muscles. As well, you probably can bend ninety degrees at the hip joints, which is not possible for many people.

If you cannot do this, or even touch your toes without bending your knees, you will want to learn stretching exercises to do six days a week to help you in your adult ballet class.

The front of the thigh or Quadriceps muscles are ususally called “quads”. Anyone who walks, runs and jogs, stretches their quads, or large strong front of the thigh muscles, before during and after. Ballet exercises also demand a lot from these thigh muscles. Therefore these muscles need a stretching exercise during your adult ballet class, quite frequently.

Your calf muscles, the soleus and gastrocnemius muscle, take a lot of exertion in ballet. This is alright, as long as these muscles get stretched frequently, between ballet barre exercises, and have relaxation techniques applied after class.

Ankle or ankle joint area muscles; there are muscles that cross from the lower leg to the foot, over the ankle joint, and there are numerous small foot muscles which need gentle stretching and relaxation techniques. Especially if you have a stiff ankle joint. If you aspire to dance adult ballet in pointe shoes, you will need to get more flexibility in your ankle joint.

Learn a comprehensive routine of stretching exercises,  and some relaxation techniques, to prepare you for, or enhance your adult ballet.

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