- Pronation of the tarsus (ankle bone)
- Leg length difference (leading to scoliosis)
- Tight hip flexors
We took a look at how to strengthen and stretch these common pain spots and the muscles that tend to tense up or bulk (low back, quadriceps, gluteus maximus....) and we used a foam roller and some tennis balls to help create pressure on specific muscles.
For dancers, and runners/athletes, the I-T (ilio-tibial) band is one of the trouble spots. It is a large connective tissue that runs along the side of the leg from the hip to the knee. Any kind of movement uses this part of the body and it's important to take time to roll out the I-T band. It can even cause knee pain.
We are beginning to see that each body is different and has various challenges, strengths and conditioning needs. The students were sent home with information on three body types and tomorrow we will take a look at the needs for each type of body, and how we can use this information to enhance our conditioning goals.