So You're Hypermobile. Here's How Pilates Might Help
My hypermobility used to cause me a lot of trouble, but I've gained confidence and strength after reading about it in one of your columns. I now have a Pilates instructor who's retraining my body and helping me dance in a consistent way. Thank you!
—No Longer Anxious, Philadelphia, PA
As you've discovered, addressing hypermobility through a cross-training program like Pilates can do wonders. It can even be more effective than taking multiple dance classes a day, which could reinforce bad habits. Why? Hypermobile dancers lack sufficient muscle receptors. This collagen syndrome means your muscles and ligaments are similar to stretched-out rubber bands.
But a Pilates instructor who knows how to work with hypermobility can teach you to engage the right body parts instead of gripping or moving beyond a safe range of motion. If you retrain your body, you'll be able to recruit specific muscles in a predictable way, so you don't feel like your technique varies from day to day. Enjoy the benefits of your hard work.
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Pacific Northwest Ballet principals Rachel Foster and Jonathan Porretta took their final curtain call on June 9, 2019. Photo by Lindsay Thomas, Courtesy PNB
We all know dance careers are temporary. But this season, it feels like we're saying goodbye to more stars than usual.
Many have turned to social media to share their last curtain calls, thoughts on what it feels like to say farewell to performing, and insights into the ways that dancing has made them who they are. After years of dedicating your life to the studio and stage, the decision to stop dancing is always an emotional one. Each dancer handles it in their own way—whether that means cheekily admitting to having an existential crisis, or simply leaving with no regrets about what you did for love.
We will miss these dancers' performances, but can't wait to see what awaits each in their next chapters.
A previous lab cycle. Photo by Evan Zimmerman/MurphyMade, Courtesy RRR Creative
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