As a recently Certified Myofascial Mobility Trainer, I am thrilled to share the transformative power of myofascial mobility in the world of ballet. This innovative approach to movement goes beyond traditional strength and flexibility training, unlocking the true potential of dancers by addressing the intricate web of fascia that runs throughout the body.
So, what exactly is myofascial mobility? In simple terms, myofascial mobility focuses on the connective tissue, or fascia, that surrounds and supports muscles, bones, and joints. This fascial network plays a crucial role in determining our movement patterns and overall mobility. One of the key concepts in myofascial mobility is understanding the different lines that make up this intricate system.
Exploring the Fascial Lines: Superficial Front, Deep, and Superficial Back Lines
1. Superficial Front Line: Imagine this line as the front of your body, from your toes to your head. It connects the muscles and fascia along the anterior chain, influencing the activation of movements like a tendu front or lifting your leg in front of you. Limitations in this line can negatively effect movements such as arabesque.
2. Deep Line: This line dives into the core of your body, connecting the back of your legs, spine, and head. It plays a crucial role in stability and support, affecting movements like bending forward or arching backward. Even contributes to the ability to turnout greater.
3. Superficial Back Line: Picture the back of your body, from your heels to the top of your head. This line influences movements like extending your leg behind you and raising up to relevé.
Understanding these lines helps in identifying mobility limitations and imbalances within the body, paving the way for targeted myofascial mobilizations.
Learning opportunity for Instructors & Students 15+
I will be integrating the principals I have learned in this course in the upcoming workshop for February! If you can't make it live, you may register and purchase a spot to receive the recording. Educators and students are welcome. No membership required. Book at the below link.
Beyond Strength and Flexibility: The Power of Myofascial Mobility
In the world of ballet, where grace and precision are paramount, myofascial mobility can be a game-changer. Unlike traditional strength or flexibility training in isolation, myofascial mobility addresses the interconnectedness of the body, focusing on the principles of tensegrity – the idea that everything is connected. So instead of focusing on one joint at a time, we will work multiple joints at the same time through interconnected movements.
For dancers, who often grapple with dominant sides and imbalances, myofascial mobility provides a holistic approach to balance out the body. Personally, as I delved into my training, I discovered how seemingly unrelated compensations were, in fact, linked to dysfunctions in other areas of the body. This realization allowed me to target the root causes, alleviating pain, improving joint function, and improving my return to ballet class.
My Personal Journey
In my personal journey with myofascial mobility, I've always labeled my right side as the troublesome one. From early on, I identified it as my "bad side," seeking therapy numerous times since the age of 16 to address recurring issues. My teacher even would choreograph dancers to avoid my right side!
When I took the initiative to conduct a myofascial mobility screen on myself, the results were nothing short of surprising. Contrary to my belief that my right side was the culprit, the screen revealed that my left side was harboring limitations and dysfunction. It was a moment of realization that echoed throughout my years of intermittent pain and struggles in ballet class – the root cause lay in the left, not the right.
As I delved into the course, unraveling the principles of tensegrity and the interconnectedness of the body, a paradigm shift occurred. Armed with my newfound knowledge, I diligently incorporated myofascial mobilizations into my routine. Within just a week, the impact was astounding.
My right hip, the perennial source of discomfort, began moving with newfound freedom. Left arabesques, once a struggle, now unfolded with greater ease and grace. The difference was mind-blowing, leaving me to ponder how my journey might have unfolded differently had I possessed this understanding during my days as a dancer and even in my earlier experiences with physical therapy.
The transformative power of myofascial mobility has become a personal testament to its efficacy. It's not just about addressing the apparent issues; it's about identifying and correcting the root causes, fostering a balance that transcends the surface level. My journey serves as a testament to the profound impact this approach can have, not just on the physical body but on the very essence of movement and performance.
Unlocking the Potential: Prescribing Myofascial Mobilizations for Ballet Technique
The ultimate goal of myofascial mobility in ballet is to free up joints, create more space and range of motion, and enhance strength and technique. If you're ready to take your ballet practice to new heights, a personalized movement assessment is the first step. By identifying specific limitations and imbalances, we can tailor myofascial mobilizations to increase turnout, extensions, and sculpt the ideal dancing body.
So, whether you're a seasoned dancer or just starting your ballet journey, consider the profound impact myofascial mobility can have on your performance. Embrace the interconnected nature of your body, and let the freedom of movement guide you towards excellence in ballet.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. I cannot wait to share more of my new Certification's knowledge with you! It's totally going to blow your minds in how you are approaching ballet class. Stay tuned, YES there is going to be a new course dedicated to this myofascial mobility technique!
ALSO, this book Anatomy Trains is a must buy for any dance educators wanting to learn more about myofascial mobility!
Myers, T. (2014). Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists. Churchill Livingstone.
Schleip, R., & Müller, D. G. (2013). Fascial Fitness: How to Be Vital, Elastic and Dynamic in Everyday Life and Sport. Lotus Publishing.