FLEXISTRETCHER VS. THERA-BAND…..
What’s the difference? See what sets the Flexistretcher apart :
"The main difference is going to be the most obvious and most important one - that the Flexistretcher is designed with both elastic and inelastic components. I find that this combination design in conjunction with the adjustability and the neoprene comfort sheath make this a far more sophisticated tool than your traditional resistance bands." ~ Leigh Schanfein, Research Associate at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries
1. METHODOLOGY // Designed by a professional dancer recovering from injury the Flexistretcher and it's training methods are researched and tailored to compliment the ever evolving demands of ballet technique while benefiting anyone looking to increase their flexibility and strength. The Certified FLX Conditioning Specialist course leads attendees through a comprehensive outline many of stretches and exercises performed with the Flexistretcher as well as setting up a training program to teach all levels.
"through the training I discovered this thoughtful comprehensive training program and I was really surprised and impressed" ~ Leigh Schanfein, Research Associate at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries
2. DURABILITY // Unlike a flimsy Thera-band, the Flexistretcher won’t snap or break. The Flexistretcher is made of sturdy elastic and stiff nylon which makes it much more durable than a latex band.
3. DESIGN // Built to withstand the daily use of professional dancers, the Flexistretcher’s sturdy construction and custom designed parts are guaranteed to last.
4. ADJUSTABILITY // Adjustable straps conform to any flexibility level and are used for hand or foot placement in an array of exercises.
5. COMFORT // The Flexistretcher's neoprene center is designed for added comfort and user easability.
6. SAFETY // The Thera-band cannot withstand the stretches and exercises performed with the Flexistretcher. It’s intended for smaller movements, such as toe exercises and arm exercises. The Thera-band will snap and break if trying to perform Flexistretcher exercises and stretches.
7. EFFECTIVITY // Working with the Flexistretcher allows one to simulate dance-specific movement patterns concentrating on improvements in execution and mobility. There is an inherent elastic resistance training approach to every stretch and exercise which requires the working muscle to voluntary contract against the tension. Instead of using your arms to pull the leg into a new range of motion, this active muscle contraction is required when working with the Flexistretcher allowing you to work safely within your range of motion while building strength.
"Because the band has elasticity, it makes you have to work in the stretch in all directions. It helps stabilize but won’t hold it for you." ~ Leigh Schanfein, Research Associate at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries