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vermontballerina

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I have a pretty inflexible back, and as a result my arabesques are not what I would like them to be. I do back crunches regularly, but my arabesque just won't get any higher than 85 degrees. Is there any way to improve it?

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Vermontballerina, if you are placed correctly in terms of alignment and moving your weight forward and upward, and still cannot get the leg up in the back, then the only thing I know is to just keep stretching. Have you done any Pilates or Gyrotonic work to help you gain more flexibility in your back?

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I take pilates every Saturday for an hour before class. I feel as though part of the problem is that my teacher encourages us to have high arabesques and I often end up with my leg more to the side than directly behind me. I just can't seem to put it there.

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No such thing as can't get it behind you, Vermont. If you make it go behind you, it will. It doesn't have a mind of it's own!

 

Work with your Pilates teacher on the specific things you need to do all week to help with your back flexibility.

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