The body of research & development around the art of flexibility, and especially the fascial system and its relationship to our mobility, continues to grow. Flexibility, or lack thereof, is very rarely contributed to muscle tension alone. We must look at each individual more carefully to understand the true cause of any restrictions in range of motion. Factors like joint shape or position, neural tension, fascial tension, breath, postural habits and even emotion can all contribute to lack of flexibility in an individual. Once the true cause is identified, efficient and safe techniques can be used to rapidly, and safely, improve mobility.
Understanding the relevance of this new information to the dancer is essential for all students, teachers and health professionals, especially those working with elite athletes and performers. Many traditional stretches, and even many ‘Myofascial Release Techniques’ taught globally may actually be doing more harm than good. Gone are the days of forcefully "releasing" fascia with deep foam roller work or massage techniques. The new work is far gentler, more effective, and less damaging to the tissues. However, this requires a unique, intelligent, multifactorial approach, with a deep understanding of human anatomy guiding its application.
This intensive teacher training workshop with Lisa Howell will answer questions such as: