strength vs flexibility- its not a choice
Life is beautiful - and it's meant to be lived in 360 degrees. We are some of the blessed few creatures who can consciously fold forward, bend backwards, twist from side to side, move quickly, crawl slowly, transition with grace, or jump with abandon. Our limbs are designed to move in a thousand different ways – yet they need to be supported from the centre. When I was training as a dancer, I knew that I needed to strengthen my body, and I tried a load of ways to try to get it there– some partially successful, some definite fails. It’s taken me quite a few years to develop a movement practice that works to train the flexibility I want along with the strength that I need.
The ability to move freely makes me feel alive in a way that nothing else does. This is only possible by always searching for the perfect balance of support and surrender, of stability and flexibility. Reaching strength goals alongside flexibility ones is something that makes me feel invincible, and it makes me so happy when my clients realise that they can have their cake and eat it too. That flexibility and strength should be two sides of the same coin. And that they can carry this mobility back into their daily lives - whether it is lifting their four-year-old over their head, or casually leaping over a puddle on their way to work (stilettos optional).