Chronus24 Posted April 17, 2008 Report Share Posted April 17, 2008 Did a search first like a good little ballettalk forumer, but to no avail. So after having one of the most intense and amazing full-body stretching sessions of my life (and yes, I was nice and warm beforehand), I've come back with a few quick questions about the mechanics of effective stretching. 1) How often should I do one of these mega-sessions (this one was an hour and a half long)? Is it like cardio where you should do it everyday, or more like weight training where you do it every other day or 3 times a week? 2) How long should a stretch be held to be effective? And how do I know how far to keep going in the stretch? (Obviously, I don't want pain, but should I keep going until I hit pain, then back up a smidgen?) 3) How do I know if I've reached maximum flexibility for my body to naturally and healthily achieve? I'm not going for contortionist-grade, but I've wondered if I'm even "built" to be able to do a half-decent center split eventually. 4) How much progress should, or rather can, be achieved in each session? Is there a physical limit, or could Joe Dancer start out with no splits ability, work on it for 24 hours, then have perfect splits (This is an EXAMPLE to clarify my question, in no way would I ever want or be able to work on a stretch for 24 hours)? And lastly, I offer a bauble of information in hopes it might help someone else someday: For quite sometime I had been at a plateau in my flexibility, and most stretches either didn't feel right or just didn't do anything, or even worse, felt like they stretched my tendons/ligaments rather than muscles. But this semester I decided to work extra-hard on my least flexible muscle group, my hamstrings, and just work up from there. Lo and behold, a few weeks later, not only are my hamstrings improving, but other muscles groups are falling into place by my being able to access and isolate them much better than before. Seems I simply had to get over the hurdle that was holding the rest of me out of whack. Also, working on a gym mat has been a godsend; no more hard, painful studio floors for me. Quote Link to comment
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