After an inspiring training session with @arielkiley this weekend @equinox London, I am thinking more about the different methods that we can draw upon to stretch ones body. We touched on some interesting techniques to release muscle fibers both through stretching techniques as well as using therapy balls to breakdown “issues in tissues” I am interested in hearing what your stretching techniques are? Do you tend to passive stretch or rely more on dynamic stretching? What about a rhythmic stretching sequence? Depending on ones flexibility it can be beneficial to stretch incorporating the PNF technique, as I have found.. How do you guys stretch?
At dance college, my teacher said to me I was more than likely to end up dancing in small scale shows- not the big time stuff necessarily. I wasn’t that bothered by this comment as came into dance college late (22) after getting my BA in dance with visual art. I have always done things a little backward lol. Dance college was a bit of a trip as I was mostly with 16 year olds who had just done their GSCES.. I felt kind of like the little fish out of water. My plan was to not necessarily continue with another seven years of dance training as I had a gut feeling that I was always going to carve out my own path and style of work, and not necessarily in dance either.
Last night I bumped into someone who I was at dance college with. She was working a music event sponsored by vitamin water and was on the events promo team. I asked her if she was still dancing- and she said no not really. Then asked about some others in our class at college and if anyone was still dancing or if they had followed the professional path of the arts/dance. There was not one person mentioned who was still in the game. This makes me little sad. Time, money, energy, emotions and various other sacrifices all contribute to one following the path of dance training. It would seem that a lot of people turn their back on the dance game because there are just not the secure opportunities readily available. We are living in an age where the opportunities for work in general are far and few between.
However! I am with the mindset that down the line it is going to stand one in better steed to set up your own business and work yourself up within that structure than work your bits off for someone else. The digital world allows everyone to be much more visible and vocal than a few years ago. It is much more accessible therefore to build your own empowered empires. For the last couple of years I have been steadily building up my brand stuff NCG, pretty much from my computer and bedroom. Building a brand from your bedroom is something anyone can do. Build your own dreams or help build someone else’s. It’s a choice.. Photo by Nadege Sanz
What you see here is what I call a flex. A flex is a shape whereby the body is static and is enjoying building strength and stability directly from the freeze frame shape that is being flexed. Make sense? I call this shape the pretzel- essentially it is a cross legged flex mixing in a twist of the hips. With the #flex_inthe_city sessions we learn shapes like this and experiment with how we can mix them up using the urban furniture in our streetscapes. The next Flex In the City session is happening on Saturday September 6th from 1:30-3pm. It will take place in London Town. Location TBC. Expect a completely different type of workout aswell as with a whole lot of laughs. You may also begin to view the city you live within in a whole new way! Feel free to drop me an email if you have any further questions! Nicola@nicolachergeismar.com (at covent garden )