I Am Inflexible
June 9, 2010 9:25 PM Subscribe
I have been very inflexible since I was a small child. Is it possible for someone like me to become more flexible?
posted by wondermouse to health & fitness (18 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a 28 year-old woman and have often wished I could be more flexible. I watch dancers on TV and am awed by their being able to move in ways that I can't even imagine my body doing. While I don't bother wishing I could move like that, it would nice to be more flexible than I am and feel more freedom in the way I move.
Even when I was in high school, when I tried to improve flexibility on my own just by holding basic poses that made me feel a stretch, I never felt like I became any more flexible. Worse, if I did this for a few days in a row, it would just start to hurt in a bad way, again while my flexibility didn't seem to improve at all. I never felt like I was pushing myself that hard, and I'd only do it for a couple minutes each day, so it quickly got frustrating and I'd just drop it after a few days. That still happens now.
I took a yoga class in college, thinking it would help, and had bad results with that - even the most basic moves hurt. I couldn't do child's pose, which is supposed to be relaxing. It hurt my hip/thigh joints on both sides and was horribly uncomfortable. The best my yoga teacher could do was have me do child's pose while lying on my back. No one else in the class had this problem. I have had physical therapy treatment for other issues (my wrists are too flexible) and my physical therapist acknowledged my flexibility is very poor for someone my age. But I haven't felt it's enough of a problem to go back to physical therapy to concentrate on that.
Is it possible that it's simply impossible for me to become much more flexible than I already am, given the issues I've had? If not, are there any online exercise videos or techniques that people who've been in this situation would recommend?