Flexibility Intensive – Teacher Training Intensive in WISCONSIN, USA
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Flexibility Intensive – Saturday 27th July 2019
This course aims to give dance teachers, therapists, pilates and yoga instructors a range of suitable exercises, stretches and fascial mobilisers that will help their students achieve their best possible range. Since the science behind flexibility has changed, it only makes sense that the methods we use to increase flexibility change too. A multifaceted approach to flexibility is now recommend with students recognising what type of restriction they are feeling and mobilising that structure specifically rather than just pushing through it. There are many types of restriction that may be holding them back from their full range, including muscular, neural, fascial or even a bony restrictions in some individuals. Identifying which type of blockage is present and using specific techniques to release the varying types of restrictions is the quickest and most effective way to increasing mobility.
Participants are taught a holistic, no stress approach to flexibility to reduce stress in all areas of the body. The course uses a synthesis of ancient wisdom and the latest anatomical research, incorporating but not limited to therapeutic treatment techniques, the principles of yoga and the anatomical fascial trains model from Thomas Myers.
We discuss the best ways to incorporate these techniques into the dance classroom and into the students’ conditioning programs. A basic understanding of conditions like Hypermobility is given to cater for the increasing numbers of students with extreme mobility in the dance world today. Specific ‘dos and dont’s’ are outlined for pre-class warming up/stretching routines and the post class conditioning routine.
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This is a breakdown of the full day intensive to give you some idea of the content covered and the structure of the day.
9am – 9:15am:
A short introduction is given into the research body surrounding flexibility and muscle stretching and the changing ideas in the physiotherapy world. We discuss how each individual is different and going to have varying needs in terms of stretching and mobilising. We show that there is no one stretching program that is going to fit all and accommodations are going to be needed for everybody.
9:15am – 10:15am:
We begin to show the different ways to assess range in students, using classic “stretches” such as a standing forward bend and sitting in second splits to assess the specific structures that are limiting each student’s range of motion. Establishing whether the restriction is due to bony restriction, joint range of motion, neural sensitisation, fascial tension or muscular excitation will greatly assist the teacher in determining the most effective intervention to improve flexibility.
10:15am – 10:50am:
Improving range largely depends on the state of the nervous system. Reduction in the activity of the sympathetic nervous system and facilitating the parasympathetic systems is extremely important. Often dancers are in a state of adrenal fatigue due to an overactive sympathetic system which can lead to a decrease in their range of motion. We discuss ways to keep the excitatory ‘fight or flight’ system at bay and promotes the ‘rest and digest’ system of the body.
Spinal mobility techniques are practised as well as massage techniques to facilitate the neural sliding that occurs throughout body.
10:50am – 11:05am:
11:05am – 11:30am:
Further techniques such as Gluteal and Piriformis releases with a tennis ball are demonstrated to show the optimal technique for releasing fascial and/or muscular tension surrounding a nerve. As hips are often an area that hold onto a lot of residual tension from the upper body, it is essential that dance teachers learn how to accurately assess the range of the hips to predict the full range of motion possible for that student. Some hips are retroverted, ie more turned out which is advantageous to ballet whilst others are anteverted, ie more turned in and therefore turn out may be difficult to achieve. This is important knowledge for teachers in the prevention of hip injuries as forcing an anterverted hip into external rotation may just lead to a painful hip.
11:30am – 1pm:
Spinal mobility plays a very important role when trying to increase flexibility. During this section of the course we will discuss the importance of specific mobilisers for different regions of the spine such as; the thoracic and the lumbar spine to ensure good movement is kept between all of the vertebral bodies. Keeping these joints mobile will help facilitate nerve gliding and will avoid any pinching on the peripheral nerves therefore allowing the dancer to reach their full capacity of movement in a safe way.
1pm – 2pm:
2:00pm – 3:30pm:
Fascial mobility is a big part of the flexibility discussion and is addressed in the Flexibility Intensive extensively. Teachers will learn the basic structure and function of fascia in the human body and will learn the importance of keeping fascia well looked after. We look at techniques to unlock ‘stuck’ fascia in the body, through cupping and gliding techniques, as well as why to be wary of some traditional foam roller techniques.
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Lastly, finish the day by looking at global flexibility and how all of these practises can be utilised to competently assess the student and ascertain where the restriction is coming from and which structures are responsible for the blockage. Often this section of the course is filled with many questions and is therefore tailored to the group’s needs.
Completing the 3 day Teacher Training is recommended prior to attending any of the Full Day Intensives. If you feel that you require some pre-course reading material to get up to speed, please contact us for advice.
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Location: Misty’s Dance Unlimited
Address: 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI, 54650
Dates: 27th July 2019
Saturday 27th July 9:00am – 5:00pm
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