breathing techniques

Breathing when stretching

Breathing is an important part of stretching. Many people hold their breath when they are stretching without realising it. This causes muscle tension which makes it harder to stretch. Remembering to breathe fully when you are stretching can help to release tension and help your muscles to relax giving you get a better result.


It is easy to try too hard in dance and end up with muscles that are full of excess tension. When this happens it is a bit like trying to dance with big heavy boots on. This causes your muscles to struggle to perform at their best. Breathing and relaxation techniques can help dancers to recognise and release muscle tension. In this category I will share snippets of information about basic breathing and relaxation skills that are useful for dancers and dance teachers.