Improve Your Arabesque: 5 Tips for an Effective Hip Flexor Stretch

Adequate flexibility of the muscles crossing the hip are important for achieving the asthetic goals of the skilled dancer.  Hip flexor flexibility is critical for allowing proper technique when moving the leg to the back. Weakness and tightness of the hip flexors or psoas muscle can result in misalignments of the lumbar spine and pelvis, which then affect the legs and stability of the spine.  This especially true when mastering movements of ballet technique.  

TRY THIS STRETCH & KEEP THESE 5 THINGS IN MIND TO IMPROVE YOUR ARABESQUE LINE:

  1. Keep the front knee directly over the front ankle. Press your hips forward and down.
  2. Avoid bouncing, sustain the pose for 10-15 breathes. Release and repeat.
  3. Actively press the back foot to the floor to increase the intensity of this stretch.  
  4. Press the hands on the thigh of the front leg to keep the torso upright.
  5. Once you are comfortable in this position, reach your arms forward and up.

Need to modify?  Lunge with the back foot remaining on the ground.  You can use two blocks on either side of the foot to maintain balance. 

SHOP THE FLEXISTRETCHER