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Any suggestions on how to improve flexibility?

My daughter, Teresa (5yrs old), is doing pre-ballet for the second year now, and the ballet teacher said that Teresa has problems to point her toes, especially when sitting down, and she can’t reach her toes in a sitting position without pulling up her knees. I’m not doing ballet, but I just need some advice as to how I can help Teresa with the pointing of toes and what exercise I can give Teresa to improve her flexibility. Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Sonia

  • Carmen

    I was very stiff when I started dancing, and everyone else was near splits, and I couldn’t take the embarrassment of not being able to touch my toes, so within a month, I was doing front and side splits, and I’m now the most flexible girl in the studio. Some tips from me – get her a theraband – usually at dance shops or pharmacies, (it’s like a long rubber elastic) then get her to sit with her back straight and legs in front of her (if she can) and point and flex her feet, using resistance from the theraband. Please make sure she’s properly warmed up whenever she stretches, and try and get her to “relax” in whichever stretch position she’s performing – it’ll hurt a bit more, but she won’t be so stiff if the muscles didn’t “tense up” during stretching. Only some tips, and sorry I couldn’t be more specific!

  • Carmen

    I was very stiff when I started dancing, and everyone else was near splits, and I couldn’t take the embarrassment of not being able to touch my toes, so within a month, I was doing front and side splits, and I’m now the most flexible girl in the studio. Some tips from me – get her a theraband – usually at dance shops or pharmacies, (it’s like a long rubber elastic) then get her to sit with her back straight and legs in front of her (if she can) and point and flex her feet, using resistance from the theraband. Please make sure she’s properly warmed up whenever she stretches, and try and get her to “relax” in whichever stretch position she’s performing – it’ll hurt a bit more, but she won’t be so stiff if the muscles didn’t “tense up” during stretching. Only some tips, and sorry I couldn’t be more specific! You could also ask the teacher herself.

  • dancinggrace

    Ditto Carmen! The Therabands

  • Bobbi

    Everyday I go into a strattle (as far as you can spread your
    Legs out sitting down on the ground) and hold it for about 15min
    Make sure your legs are straight And your feet are pointed and are turned out
    Then a push over (keeping the strattle but laying on your back pull your self
    Up and onto your stomachand trying to stay on the ground the whole time)
    It will really improve your daughters flexibility

  • Girl

    Well I got a chair or anything suitably high and put one leg on it then the other behind me an kept letting go for as long as I could

  • Mina

    Your daughter is five. Let her enjoy herself. Wait to work on her flexibility a few years until she can actual understand what you want her to do. Repitition is the best possible way to get flexibility though. Just have her do her splits every day and hold it for a while and within a few months she will probably have them. It’s better to get them sooner than later I guess though. I didn’t start ballet until I was 9 and didn’t getting splits till a few years later and I’m fine so at five yrs it really isn’t a big deal.

  • Anna

    Have her stretch EVERYDAY! Hold both sides of her splits for at least a minute and have her sit down with her legs out in front of her while pointing her toes. Have her reach for her toes while you gently push on her back. Don’t push to hard, you don’t want to hurt her! Before you do this make sure that she is the one who wants to improve her flexibility she wants dance to be fun and NOT a chore! Take it easy! If she doesn’t want to work on her flexibility don’t make her, in time she will improve!

  • Ballet

    Well if you want your splits in my valet class we put our leg on the bar and slide up and down.

  • Bella

    There are many stretches that she. Can do. I suggest going to you tube and looking up Nikki white. She has 37 helpful videos on all types of ballet tricks and 2 vids on stretching and splits. Have her stretch everyday

  • Ballllllet

    Make her do flexibility every day and hold it – don’t hert her though

  • Jill

    Because she is so young, she most likely doesn’t have enough body awareness to really understand stretching. Work with her on proper stretching technique and make sure she knows what she is doing. You might want to ask her teacher to help her by scheduling a private session.