About a month ago, I started using a stretching tool called a “Flexistretcher.” Some of you have probably already heard of it before. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, it is an elastic stretching device with loops on either end, and it helps to stretch arabesque, needle, penché, side extensions, front extensions, splits, etc. It’s a really great tool to help improve your overall flexibility, which is always a good thing! Since I’ve been using my flexistretcher for a little while now, I figured I would write a blog entry to let you guys know what I think of my Flexistretcher, as well as show you a few exercises I’ve been doing with it!
The Flexistretcher is made by FLX, a company that also produces exercise & massage balls, leg warmers, body warmers, and Flexistretcher DVDs. All their products, including the Flexistretcher, are available on their website, www.flxbody.com. They also have a few videos on how to use the Flexistretcher on the FLX Official Youtube Channel.
You’re probably wondering… why would you want to stretch with a Flexistretcher instead of a theraband? I wondered the same thing at first, but I found that stretching arabesques and extensions with the Flexistretcher is MUCH easier and more comfortable that stretching with a theraband! A Flexistretcher is much stronger than a theraband, and the loops are adjustable and much more secure that tying loops in a theraband. Also, the Flexistretcher has a pad in the middle, which makes it much more comfortable against your skin when stretching arabesques, extensions, splits, etc. Overall, I really love my Flexistretcher! I haven’t found any design flaws, it is very well made, and it is a wonderful tool to help improve your flexibility.
Keeping the flexistretcher in the same position as the arabesque stretch, bring your body down towards the ground. As your body nears the floor, your working leg will extend farther until you are in penché. Make sure you’re holding onto something, and remember to keep your torso and back muscles engaged!
Hold on to something stable, bring your leg up into a developpé a la seconde, and place both the flexistretcher loops over your working foot. Wrap the padded area of the flexistretcher over your opposite shoulder, and make sure the straps pass behind your neck! While in this position, think about using your deep abdominals to engage your turnout, and remember to keep your shoulders down, your feet pointed, and your knees straight.
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