How does learning ballet affect your body?

Sat Mar 26 09:51:06 CST 2022

   Learning ballet for a long time can indeed endue people with beautiful temperament, which is also an important reason for more and more ordinary people to enter ballet. But the benefits of learning ballet far outweigh the changes in temperament, so what impact does learning ballet bring to the body?

1. Changes in posture

   Posture training is definitely one of the most fundamental elements of ballet, and one that is very easy to overlook. A good posture in ballet must be upright, but if it is simply understood as "head up and chest out", it will become the most typical state of bad posture in children, that is, the posture of the first child on the left of the picture above. Children's muscle development is sequential, first the length of the long muscle fiber, then the length of the long muscle fiber; Grow the muscle group first, then grow the small muscle group.

   The child that just begins to contact ballet because do not have the strength of abdominal muscle, so can habitually stretch belly out, also be to often say "cave in". There was a cave-in, in order to maintain the balance of the upper body, and had to appear compensatory hunchback, neck forward and other habits. Over time these habits change the shape of the spine, leading to poor posture in adulthood. Can not look down upon this posture problem, this posture, can bring about psoas muscle to shorten, abdominal muscle to stretch, come down for a long time, lumbar acerbity backache also became commonplace. Another type of child has some congenital scoliosis, more severe scoliosis is must go to the hospital for treatment. But very mild scoliosis can be corrected with regular ballet training. It also requires the ballet teacher to divide the training evenly between the left and right sides, and to focus on children with mild scoliosis. The most important thing for ballet posture is the training of muscle strength, especially the core.

   Unfortunately, influenced by traditional ideas, coupled with the influx of unprofessional teachers demanding flexibility, many parents equate ballet with splits. If only to be tough to practice the child's soft opening, it would be better to learn gymnastics to come more direct. Ballet training requires high-quality muscles, strength and softness, so the posture training in children's ballet is far more important than soft opening.

2. Change of leg shape

   People often say that the X-o-leg is our question for today. In practice, it's more common to have a little bit of X or O, or a mixture of the two, or even a little bit of X with one leg and an O with one leg. Ballet trains muscles, and bones are still growing and more resilient than they are as adults, so they are more likely to be altered than adults.

   To put it more bluntly, the younger you are, the more likely you are to correct your leg shape. Using ballet to change the shape of good legs with the medial muscles is less well known. People who do not perform ballet have weaker medial muscles, whether in the thighs or calves. When the medial muscles are strong, especially in children, leg shape is improved to a certain extent.

3. Changes in posture

   Ballet training also requires the Achilles tendon to be vertical because we tell students the importance of the arch of the back of the foot (and also the arch of the sole of the foot) and what three forces should be placed on the sole of the foot. Ballet students in particular should develop a good habit of upright Achilles tendon, otherwise it will affect the center of gravity in the dance. This is also why a large proportion of amateur students are good at the handle, but fail to catch up in the middle.

   Ballet needs to be a long flow of water, is the patience to keep the clouds open to see the moon, parents or students. Progress takes time, especially each child's learning curve is not the same, waiting for three months to see a transformation, is also worth a surprise. I hope ballet students of all sizes can keep this insistence.