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Balance shift?


irishprincess

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I've never experienced it before, so I'll ask those who have....

 

Does your center of balance change when you're pregnant? Could that be why my turns (which I had wonderfully at the end of last semester) look like slop now? And what can I do to refine it?

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Yes! Your center of gravity is shifting tremendously if you are pregnant!!! The remedy- birth. :wink: And see your OBGYN ASAP!!!

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Those of us not pregnant are also susceptible to losing-regaining-losing (again) our balance :wink: and it drives me nuts when it happens!

 

On a good day, I can be on relevé with one leg in passé for six seconds; on another day (or the next day), I can hardly keep my supporting foot from collapsing! Is it the phase of the moon, are my muscles in mutiny (and why?!!), is it Murphy's Law....could someone please shed some light on this pandemic mystery occurrence that strikes at random? Even better, how do we prevent it?

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As I'm the one who posed the original question, it seems sort of silly to offer an answer...

 

But last semester, when I actually showed some talent, I found that my balance worked best when (using Pilates phrasing) my "powerhouse" was really engaged. I use my abs something fierce en pointe. Maybe a new ab routine, or a ab specialty will help you fight for that releve!

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The title of the threadbelow is about changes due to weight loss, but there was an interesting discussion of dancing during and after pregnancy that you might find useful.

 

Weight loss & ballet

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Those of us not pregnant are also susceptible to losing-regaining-losing (again) our balance :cool2: and it drives me nuts when it happens!

 

On a good day, I can be on relevé with one leg in passé for six seconds; on another day (or the next day), I can hardly keep my supporting foot from collapsing! Is it the phase of the moon, are my muscles in mutiny (and why?!!), is it Murphy's Law....could someone please shed some light on this pandemic mystery occurrence that strikes at random? Even better, how do we prevent it?

 

I'd love to know more about this too, as it happened to me recently. Some classes I feel really 'on' when it comes to balancing on one leg, but last week I had a class where I found I basically had no balance whatsoever. :D

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Some people find that their balance shifts with their monthly cycles. That's harder to tell if yours are irregular, but if you can keep track, you might notice a pattern.

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:cool2: I knew it!!! It's that darn moon again! Something about the lunar cycles and (my?) lunacy. Definitely no issues with weight loss or weight gain here. [sigh...] can this ballet training get any harder for me? :D
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