ifnotwhynot Posted May 27, 2008 Report Share Posted May 27, 2008 As my (10 year old) daughter's regular dance classes do not include any flexibility work, I have been exploring an alternative way of helping her in this area. The other day, I realised that one of the personal trainers at my gym used to be a dancer so I chatted to her about whether she might be able to help. She was very enthusiastic and offered to put together a programme with my daughter. All seemed well until we started to talk about the detail and she asked if my daughter was prepared for the amount of pain that would be involved. When I queried this she said that if stretching was not painful, it wasn't really stretching and furthermore that she would have to expect to tear her hamstrings and groin many times in the process. Now, I know that injury is an occupational hazard with dancing, and so does my daughter, but surely it isn't right to set out actually intending to injure yourself? I have always believed that stretching should be uncomfortable but not painful. Am I right to think that this isn't the solution that I thought it might be? Quote Link to comment
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