THORACIC ROTATIONS WITH THE WALL
Do you find yourself with lower back pain or slouching forward? Or do you struggle with Pole tricks, such as Ballerina or Allegra, that require a great deal of thoracic rotation? This is a great exercise to start with! Today we'll be using the wall and a block to limit compensation from the hips, allowing the thoracic spine to fully rotate to build mobility as well as strength.
Whether you choose to dance in bare feet or heels, building strength in our calves is super important and beneficial in helping us absorb impact, increasing balance, stabilising our feet and ankles, increasing knee joint stability and preventing injury (whew!).
Whether you choose to dance in heels or not, it's so important to strengthen and condition our ankles. Your ankle is a hinge joint which supports our entire body weight and helps us stay balanced and stabled, so understandably we want to ensure they're up to task!
ANKLE STRENGTHENING WITH HEELS
Now you've completed your ankle strengthening with bare feet, it's time to strap on our heels and give these additional strengthening exercises a go.