Flexibility, Movement

Stretching with Stacey – Part 1

Because I’ve received a few questions about the new online flexibility program by the fantastic Stacey Nemour, and because the course package I have been working with since this November – the Dance Flexibility Makeover Power Pack – has now been expanded to include 7 (!) different courses, I will be dedicating the coming flexibility posts to my experiences with them – one for each Friday.

Check here for part 2  – Extensions for Days!

Note: If you are interested in trying Stacey’s online flexibility system – I highly recommend it! – be sure to use code ‘khalidadance’ on checkout for 10% off all classes, course packages and props at flexibilitymakeover.com

Now on to the Courses 🙂

The Flexibility Makeover Power Pack currently contains 7 different classes, about one hour each, all taught by Stacey.

Most of the classes are recorded Skype sessions (which I like, it feels very natural/organic, as if she is right there with you, coaching you through the exercises) and some courses (like the Extensions for days) are filmed with students of different flexibility levels – where Stacey demonstrates the exercises, and offers corrections/adaptations on the spot.

All of the courses follow Stacey’s system (ie a certain order/progression of exercises and muscle groups to work with/ release), and certain exercises are repeated across the classes as they are deeply effective no matter what the student’s level/background is, so there is a bit of overlap here and there.

Each course features different levels, adaptations, variations, and insights/corrections/tips per exercise, and every course can be worked with on it’s own (they each have a warmup), which means – to me – that there is incredible added value in having the full course package on hand.

The slight tweaks/different approaches can lead to big flexibility breakthroughs, and knowing more exercise adaptations allows me to mix and match the stretches and variations very specifically to my needs – which can differ from day to day, and week to week.

One thing I like very much about Stacey – and about her courses in general – is that she is simply the real deal.

No fancy recording studios or special camera effects are needed. She works intuitively yet structured, and the exercises in the courses just plain work(!)

The editing of the videos is kept very simple – making it easier to just ‘be’ when working with the courses, and allowing me to focus on what’s really important – the movements and the release.

Why I feel Staceys courses are for everyone

Stacey is very encouraging, gentle, and clear in her directions, and her system is safe, yet effective. She’s all about working with your body’s natural abilities, your breath, your posture, and a safe progression, plus a smart use of simple props (or a wall/your hands) where needed.

Her courses are the only ones that have actually worked for me so far, and I have tried many different ones.

What’s included in the Dance! pack

Anyhow, here are the courses included in the program, in the order (as recommended by Stacey!) that I will be working with/posting about them:

  • 1 – Flexibility Makeover for Dancers held back by tightness (my current favourite! for more details on this course see below)
  • 2 – Extensions for Days (for higher legs in ballet/dance and higher kicks in martial arts – the next one I will be posting about)
  • 3 – Competition prep for Elite Gymnasts (also suitable for non-gymnasts like me :))
  • 4 – The Cheerleaders complete flexibility System (this is a new-to-me course, excited to try it out soon!)
  • 5 – Pre-Pro to Pro flexibility Training for Dancers (featuring Malena Ani)
  • 6 – Dance Pre Competition Training (featuring Brenna Babcock)
  • 7 – Extensions Into Infinity (featuring Bobbie Allannah – she’s amazing!)

Note: Links will be added to the corresponding blog posts as I write them in the coming weeks.

Flexibility Makeover for Dancers held back by tightness

Course duration:

  • before pictures (module 1): 6 minutes
  • main portion (module 2): 54 minutes

Level:

All levels

Props:

  • A couple of yoga blocks (I use 2)
  • Some clear wall space
  • Optionally: a stretching strap (or 2!) and a pair of light dumbbells (you can also use wrist/ankle weights)

Course type:

Recorded skype session

Featured student:

Ella

What I like about it:

It is a recorded Skype session featuring a 10(!) year old dance student. During the course it feels like Stacey’s gentle wording, enthousiastic encouragement and tactful feedback are speaking directly to my ‘inner dancer’, who is about 6 🙂

Flexibility work, especially on days I am feeling less limber, can at times put me in a bit of a vulnerable place.

I can be hard on myself (working on it!) when I am doing things that do not come easy, and the tone of this course somehow magically puts me at ease before I start feeling frustrated.

The easy pace of the course allows time for transitioning between exercises, and Staceys words of encouragement really do add to the feeling of safety – which makes a huge difference in flexibility work.

What it does for me:

It helps to keep me on track with my flexibility practise, even on days where I am feeling less motivated, and/or when I am still a bit sore from working out or intense dance/martial arts classes the day before.

Effects after a few sessions:

Got closer to front splits, felt more relaxed in TaeKwonDo.

My favourite exercise:

There are a few that I like, but my personal favourite is the weighted butterfly variation. It’s hands-free, relaxing, yet effective!

So.. that’s it, I think.

Thanks for reading this far!

If you have any questions about this course, or about the Dance! course pack in general, let me know!

If you have it too: how do you like it? What does it do for you? 🙂

 

Next up: Part 2 – Extension for days!

 

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