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LEVEL 2 – Flexibility Intensive, Sydney, AU 10th September 2017
- What make makes one person tighter than the other?
- Why can one dancer do the splits without stretching while others can’t?
- How do I help student get their leg higher in second when it just feels like it’s stuck in the socket?
- How do I deal with a class full of students with different levels of flexibility?
Answers to these challenging questions will be answered in this full day intensive workshop with Lisa Howell!
The body of research & development around the art of flexibility, and especially the fascial system and its effect on our mobility continues to grow. Understanding the relevance of this to the dancer is essential for all students, teachers and health professionals. Many traditional stretches and even many “Myofascial Release Techniques” may actually be doing more harm than good.
Flexibility or lack of it cannot be fully contributed to muscle tension and must be looked at more comprehensively to understand the true cause of any restrictions in one’s 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. In this one day workshop, Lisa addresses each of these issues and looks at common cases in individuals and how to effectively treat these issues.
Although every dancer isn’t born with 180 degree turnout, flat splits in second position and développés to their ears, there is no reason why the others should feel inadequate and left behind. This workshop teaches how too properly (by which we mean safely) achieve maximum flexibility in your students and for them to start seeing their flexibility goals become a reality.
If you are struggling to find exercises to fit all students or feeling frustrated because you feel helpless with a particular student who just isn’t making the gains every other student is, go no further! This workshop will help you assess your students in detail and be able to offer them effective techniques in a logical clear order to get them on the way to achieving THEIR best flexibility.
LEVEL 2 – Intensive Workshops in Tromsø, Norway 17th – 18th October, 2017
Understanding and Managing Foot & Ankle Injuries in Dancers – Tuesday 17th OctoberIn the pre-adolescent/adolescent student, it’s imperative to support the vulnerable structures in the foot and ankle. Since many changes are happening in the body during this time, attention needs to be given to certain strengthening exercises that will benefit the dancer throughout the length of their career. Some dancers, eager to get quick results, resort to using foot stretchers and other dangerous items in an attempt to get the feet they have always wanted. Not only do the foot stretchers fail to improve, strengthen and control the ankle they are also cause massive damage to the soft tissue structures in the foot. This often leads to injury and a reduced capacity to dance, rather than an improvement.
A New Approach To Core Stability – Wednesday 18th October
How we approach the training of the core has evolved drastically over the last 10 years to include a much more holistic approach. Recent focuses include how to incorporate breath into our training of the core to subtly activate muscles like the pelvic floor and transverse abdominals in an more effective way. Core training does not focus solely on training the abdominal muscles but must look at the interconnected muscular contractions of small stabilisers throughout the body to create their true stability rather than brute strength. The new approach looks at utilising the body’s natural ability to stabilise itself and how exercises can be done to further reinforce that mechanism whilst also raising kinaesthetic awareness.