Stretching is one of the most important aspects of dancing. Not only does it help dancers improve their flexibility, it also prevents them from injuring themselves by pulling a muscle. Every dancer should be sure they have properly stretched their bodies before they begin a class of any type. Stretching is not only necessary for dancers, but it also has benefits that go beyond dance! For instance, stretching every day can help keep your muscles strong and healthy. It gives you better posture and also can help increase your blood circulation. For beginners, stretching can seem very unpleasant. Once you know your body’s limits it becomes a very relaxing exercise that can help improve your health and your skills. Stretches are also good for muscle aches that occur in the body. These are some of the best stretches to do once a day whether it’s right when you wake up, before you go to sleep, or anywhere in between.
The “Froggy Stretch”
This stretch is when you lay on the floor on your stomach and bend your knees to bring your feet in together to create a diamond with your legs. This stretch helps your inner thighs and groin.
The Hip Flexor Stretch
This stretch is when you are in a lunge position with your back knee down and lean forward into your hips. It stretches out your hip flexors and helps open up your hips.
Lower Back Stretch
For this stretch, you will want to lay on the ground on your back. Gentle bring one leg across your body and try to press your knee down to the other side of your body. This stretch helps loosen your lower back and can alleviate pain that occurs after standing for a long time.
Many people forget that your butt is the largest muscle in your body. This, of course, should be stretched when possible. A good stretch for this is laying down on your back. You bend one leg so that your foot is on the ground and bring the other foot up towards your knee. Pull gently on the leg that is touching the ground for a good stretch in your butt.