Serendipity Posted August 16, 2008 Report Share Posted August 16, 2008 I'm putting this more on medical because I've just had some therapy on my hips (and WHAT a difference!!) and asked the chiro about this one, but didn't get a really comprehensive answer. She refrained from saying yes or no definitely. I'd like to hear from the medical mods regarding it. Please do move it if it goes elsewhere.... As an adult dancer in middle-aged years, previously having danced before, I'm finding one hip is so much tighter than the other. I've had some issues in past, including a cracked back in my 20s. I was told by one of my teachers that I need to work on straddle to open up the hip more, that it would help with extensions, etc. I have moderate strength in that when the leg gets up there, it can stay (with intense concentration!), but I'm not very flexible in any direction. My split, such as it may be, is about 4 or so inches from the floor. My straddle is poor in comparison. To me, it seems to be almost a foot off, but if I stay in it long enough it does release down to around 8 or so inches. Turnout on left is reasonably good, in the "acceptable" range for ballet. The right side is just short of "acceptable." The question is, at my age, will working at it as hard as I have been really make all that much of a difference or am I killing myself over it for nothing? Granted, I won't let up even if the answer is that it won't make a difference but I still want to know so that if it doesn't get much better, I won't get discouraged and stop altogether - if you know what I mean. Can turnout and flexibility improve reasonably dramatically in someone my age, with intense (albeit careful) work? I take 6-7 ballet classes a week, most are an hour and a half, one pointe class and one "lyrical" (for fun, honest!!). Plus, before each ballet class, I do about an hour of warming up at the gym, with aerobic, strengthening of hamstring, ankle and abs, and the above-mentioned stretching (split and straddle, where I kind of settle into each and let gravity do the work). Surprisingly, my knees, so far, are fine! Thanks for any insight into this. I have high aspirations (not of a professional nature) and want to make sure they're not pie in the sky ones. Quote Link to comment
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