Flexibility, Movement

Stretching with Stacey – Part 2

This is part 2 of a 9-part series on Stacey Nemours  fantastic online flexibility course package for dancers.

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Contents

Stacey’s Dance! Flexibility Makeover Power Pack contains several courses.

I will be working with/posting about them in the following order:

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Enjoy!

Course 2 – Extensions for days

Course duration:

1 hour 12 minutes, 5 of which are before pictures (which I recommend following along with – especially for this course!)

Level:

All levels

Props:

  • A couple of yoga blocks (I use 2)
  • Some clear wall space
  • Optionally (but recommended): a stretching strap (or 2)
  • Optionally: A cushion if your hips are tight, or a step stool if you are very flexible

Course type:

Recorded ‘home coaching’ class – Stacey demonstrates the exercises and offers corrections and modifications while 2 dancers of different levels practise with her.

Featured students:

  • Malena Ali (intermediate to advanced)
  • Samantha Drake (advanced beginner to intermediate)

What I like about it:

I like that this course is intended to be followed along by dancers (or martial artists, gymnasts, athletes, etc..) of different flexibility levels.

It enables me to see what the exercises look like on different bodies, and how improvements in range of motion can be achieved no matter where you are at to begin with.

I also like that the course is not overly edited or too polished, so it feels like Stacey (and Malena and Samantha) are right there with you working through the class.

Stacey has opted not to edit out any of the struggles (or strap-bloopers.. they happen!) – which I am really thankful for.

Flexibility work doesn’t always feel ‘glamorous’ to me. It can be relaxing, sure, but the deeper exercises and stretching positions can also feel (and look!) a bit awkward until you are used to them.

This is actually a good thing. The focus is on what works, and on how the exercises feel, not how they look to the outside world.

The results are where it’s at.

Also, in this course Stacey uses her stretching straps in innovative configurations for a big portion of the exercises – some of which took me a moment to ‘get’ (meaning I had to pause the video at times,which I now do anyhow when I want to give my body some extra time to release) – and it helped me to understand the ‘strapology‘, meaning it gave me ideas on how to use them for other exercises as well.

Speaking of struggles: At times – especially the first few times working with the courses – I struggled with the transitions, the changing of strap configurations etc.. and on top of that I had balance wobbles here and there in the standing exercises.

Thanks to the ‘live feeling’ of the course this was not too frustrating. In fact, it was very comforting to see/hear that it was very ‘normal’ to need practise.

What it does for me:

The first time I tried this course it helped clear a few long-standing flexibility imbalances and increased my range of motion dramatically.

Lately when I work with it I notice that it gives me a bit more control in holding the higher leg ranges in general, which is great for taekwondo and ballet.

Effects after a few sessions:

Higher leg holds, lower back is more relaxed, less imbalance in flexibility between right and left side.

See the before and after pictures:  

My favourite exercise:

I like the way Stacey progresses her exercises, especially in this particular course.

My favourite exercise is the floor conditioning for extensions.

It feels very safe, because you don’t have to grapple with balance just yet, and it makes gravity work for you, not against you, making the exercise quite (or well, relatively) comfortable, yet highly effective.

If you have any questions about the Extensions for Days course, or about the Dance! Flexibility Makeover pack in general, feel free to contact me via the comments below.

If you have this course, too: Let me know!

Next up: Part 3 – Competition prep for gymnasts

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