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Hi Daniel,
Well, as a newly certified KST instructor, I just taught my first class to 25 college students! It went very well I must say. I took them through all 12 of the forward bending exercises, which took a little over an hour with questions and giving help, etc. I had them stand and roll down the spine in parallel position to assess their "stone cold" flexibility at 10am on a Monday, Lol! I had them really think and feel their body in this stretch and try to remember/"measure" where they were at the beginning of class. Then we did the exercises and went into the same forward folding position to see if they felt and made measurable progress. They DID, and were very enthusiastic. I asked them to also see if they kept the newly found flexibility--so I will see next week!
Question:
I have two men in the class who are tall/slightly stocky, and VERY tight. One also has trouble distinguishing one thing from another (ie, goes the wrong way, does not see detail). I am particulary wondering how to approach Esteem. The half straddle position had a few folks uncomfortable: some with sitting on their one ankle (even with mat folded double/triple), and also just trying to fold forward at all from the start position. (head goes down but cannot move from hips at all).
Can you provide any suggestions? Sit on yoga block somehow? a low stool (which I have), skip it altogether?

Same guy also has trouble reaching his ankle/foot for Appeal and Harmony. Suggestions?
thanks.
Sue

Hi Sue! The question about keeping your progress, if they only stretch they will lose most of it. They have to add RI, MHT and ELC. I don't recall if it was to you whom I answered what each were, but detailed explanations are here in the forum.

For people who have trouble, you'll have to spend more time explaining to them how to move, teach them how to move relatively to some other part of the body for example. And teach them what flexion, extension, abduction, adduction, rotations are, if they know the "building blocks" of movement then they'll be able to understand better what they should be doing. Much like when one learns the sounds of a language before trying to speak it putting together many sounds one after the other.

If a position is stuck, you have to use a strength modality, with reciprocal inhibition for 5 seconds at a time, or, with contract relaxed techniques for 12 seconds at least, or and "multiple leverages per target" modality. As I commented on my other answer, some muscles won't release by regular modalities.

If you'd like to learn a few dozen exercises on how to apply different modalities let me know and I can get you 50% off for the other certification course.

Cheers!
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This is awesome Sue! And of course I'm not surprised lol

Are you following our blogs? We updated the system with ELC, RI, MHT exercises that make gains permanent, flexibility more functional, and training less painful, so they are a must. Also always use a bit of a strength modality, contracting the leverage or target for 12 seconds, 3 times on each exercise. Some people just can't progress without this modality.

Modifications for exercises, sure, whatever they can do is fine, as long as they can MOVE while in the position. One does not need to move both leverage and target, you can pick just one, the easiest move, and go from there. Building up the reps, or time holding the tension or even 5 to 10 seconds of relaxation.

The regular programs also have very useful information that will complement what you know.

Looking forward to those pictures Sue!!!

Before I forget, can you check Stretch180 on your phone? We created an app to measure angles! I know it works on Android phones, and the iPhone one does but not on old phones.

Keep us posted!
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Daniel and Forum members,
I have taught KST once per week for about 1 hr at the University level, under the new title of "Flexibility and Strength Workshop". I have about 25 students of varying abilities--two VERY tight men who are struggling with positioning in certain exercises. I am helping them with modifying using blocks, straps. I would LOVE any suggestions on modifications if anyone has any:)
But I am posting to say that everyone has been getting good gains in forward, lateral and back bending! One gal came up to me after class and said, "will you look at my forward bend to see if I am doing something wrong?" I looked at her and asked her to slightly straighten her knees just a bit more, but otherwise it was fine. I asked her why she wanted me to check her, and she said with a slight quiver to her voice,"I've just never been able to touch my fingers to the floor before". She was so excited. It has be been 7 classes and only once per week and her hands were about 4" or so from the floor when she started off. Yes!!!
Other more flexible young dancers have commented on deeper splits,etc. and I am so happy with this new way of teaching!!! I love KST and cannot believe i/we have been stretching in the "standard" fashion for SO long....
I hope to have more updates as the semester continues. Maybe some pics of my class?
Sue
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Has anyone read this that can reply or help out at all? Still working with these same students.
tx
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Hi Daniel,
Well, as a newly certified KST instructor, I just taught my first class to 25 college students! It went very well I must say. I took them through all 12 of the forward bending exercises, which took a little over an hour with questions and giving help, etc. I had them stand and roll down the spine in parallel position to assess their "stone cold" flexibility at 10am on a Monday, Lol! I had them really think and feel their body in this stretch and try to remember/"measure" where they were at the beginning of class. Then we did the exercises and went into the same forward folding position to see if they felt and made measurable progress. They DID, and were very enthusiastic. I asked them to also see if they kept the newly found flexibility--so I will see next week!
Question:
I have two men in the class who are tall/slightly stocky, and VERY tight. One also has trouble distinguishing one thing from another (ie, goes the wrong way, does not see detail). I am particulary wondering how to approach Esteem. The half straddle position had a few folks uncomfortable: some with sitting on their one ankle (even with mat folded double/triple), and also just trying to fold forward at all from the start position. (head goes down but cannot move from hips at all).
Can you provide any suggestions? Sit on yoga block somehow? a low stool (which I have), skip it altogether?

Same guy also has trouble reaching his ankle/foot for Appeal and Harmony. Suggestions?
thanks.
Sue
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So I love this technique and use it myself, but I'm struggling with how to introduce it in my dance classes, especially with younger students and recreational students. I have shorter classes and limited time to spend on stretching so I can't use a 20 minute program every week, especially if I want to take time for students to learn the stretches properly and retain them for work at home. Where do I begin if I can only do a few exercises a week, and gradually build on more? For instance, if we are working on splits, do I just start at the beginning of the program and teach the first few exercises? Do I choose one for each muscle group? What about turnout? Does it matter which exercises we do if we are only doing a few?

Ok, let me reply, I still hope someone else participates.

As with anything else, with stretching you get results according to HOW you practice, and HOW MUCH you practice. So 10 minutes every now and then won't give you results. I'd say the minimum to get good results is 30 minutes three times a week, at a medium intensity, this would be the bare minimum.

You should find a way to combine your other exercises with ZST exercises. And as the ebook explains, ZST work better before other exercises and in between, and it's not meant to be used at the end if your goal is flexibility.

If you need 20 minutes to teach just 1 stretch, then you have to do so, and it will be worth it. Then next time you won't have to explain it all over, and you can add a new one every class, which everyone will learn faster.

So you can implement one stretch at a time, and the first time you do so it's a good idea to explain the principles. If the principles of target and leverage are understood, then you just need to show what the leverage and target for a particular exercise are, and combined with a quick demonstration they should pick it up fairly quickly.

Focus on explaining the principles first. Then implement one stretch per class, and have them do it many times in between the other exercises you teach. Introduce a new one when they are all comfortable with this new weird stretch. Name each stretch appropriately, so next time you say "now let's do Integrity" they will all know what you mean.

For splits the routine must be very specific, and ALL muscles should be worked on flexibility AND STRENGTH, plus the strength of the antagonists. This is demonstrated in the new splits programs, and in high detail in the splits seminar. If there's only one muscle that is tight, this one will prevent a full split, so all muscles must be trained. Same thing for the turnout, many muscles rotate in and out. This transfers to any other skill, a developpe, a side kick, a bridge, etc.

There are some explanations about these topics on our blogs, which are over 50, and they are all free!

Let us know what you think about this above.

Thanks.
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No replies :-\ anyone have some ideas you can share?
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Kinesiological Stretching Technique Seminar Discussion / Re: Videos
« Last post by Daniel Tkach on September 01, 2017, 02:18:48 pm »
Haha! Thank you Evelyn. Besides, if you give them everything away, they won't need to come to your class. So also be smart and teach them step by step, and charge good money for each lesson, this is unique and they won't find it anywhere else. The only way for regular people is to learn from a video like you are doing with your own effort. So they have the chance of having an instructor who knows her stuff, so they should pay accordingly.

People usually want to get everything free, everything quick, everything without making the effort. Let them do the effort in time, and money, and value all the knowledge you have :)
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Kinesiological Stretching Technique Seminar Discussion / Re: Videos
« Last post by evymaira@hotmail.com on August 31, 2017, 12:35:26 pm »
Thank you Daniel,

I understand and agree!! Just wanted to confirm, as my clients keep ansking me! So now I can show them why I am not doing it! Thank you for your attention.

:)
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Kinesiological Stretching Technique Seminar Discussion / Re: Videos
« Last post by Daniel Tkach on August 29, 2017, 12:51:24 pm »
Hi Evelyn! Welcome again! I just replied to your introduction.

You are not allowed to record like that, this is breaking copyrights, and it's a severe infraction which hurts the company badly. If someone wants to learn they should either go to your class or learn from you via video conference, but not video recordings.

The free class video is by no means free, it's a commercial product that we provide to instructors included with the price of the certification course, and those are protected by copyright laws as stated at the beginning of each video, fines included. The Kinesiological Stretching and Zaichik Stretching techniques are also patented.

The course grants you permission to teach live lessons branding appropriately, but NOT to record, by no means whatsoever.



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