spingirl Posted May 19, 2008 Report Share Posted May 19, 2008 (edited) <<Mod's note: I split this from the Pointe feet & knees thread>> Well, this is comforting on one hand (or is it foot?) but brings another question to my mind. I have great feet and legs, according to this thread (I'll post a pic sometime so you know I'm not bragging, just saying "great" in the context of pointe work!) BUT, if my feet and ankles are so nice and flexible, and my knees are slightly hyperextended and pulled up well, WHY is my lower back so dern tight? I'm sure this could be a whole new thread, so please move it if need be, but that is the biggest stumbling block in my ballet training so far. I really need to strengthen my lower back, but increase my flexibility at the same time. I'll take classes for weeks, or even months, make progress, feel great--then BOOM, my back locks up and I'm out of commission for weeks. Then it's like starting all over when I can get back to class. I'm sure core work would help, but I can't do mat Pilates because I can't tip back on my tailbone as is called for in so much of it. And I've been reading that crunches don't help as much as they have been touted in the past. Any suggestions? Lisa (who has this much in mind because she's going back to class today after one of the aforementioned back episodes! She hopes...) Edited May 20, 2008 by Redbookish Quote Link to comment
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