A pesky habit that a lot of dancers in many genres have a hard time shaking is sickling. Sickling is when your feet have a tendency to go slightly inward whenever you point your toes. The great news, however, is that the habit of sickling is just that – a habit. And habits, my friends, can easily be broken! So, if you are currently dealing with this issue and looking for a few ways to break the habit of sickling, you’ve come to the right place! Here are our top 3 tips!
Tip #1 For Breaking The Habit of Sickling
One of the biggest ways to break the habit of sickling is being aware of the fact that your feet have the tendency to sickle from time to time (or maybe even all the time). Anything you become aware of will become easy to correct with time. So, by keeping your sickling habit in the forefront of your mind, you are able to stay aware of it and when you notice it happening as you dance, quickly fix it. This is called self correction and by practicing self correction you have won half of the battle and are well on your way to breaking the habit. So, whenever you see or feel your feet going slightly inward, just correct yourself and point your feet straight forward instead.
Tip #2 For Breaking The Habit of Sickling
Practice Makes Perfect!
Another great way to break the sickling habit is by practicing the act of pointing and flexing your feet. This will help create muscle memory and in result, will train your feet to point in the right direction without much thought! For this, you can sit on your bed, your couch or even the floor and with your feet together, point and flex your feet, all while keeping in mind to point your feet directly forward towards the ground. For the best results, do this sequence for 8 reps, twice a day. I can guarantee that you’ll be able to tell a great difference!
Tip #3 For Breaking The Habit of Sickling
“Start A Foot Stretching Routine”
Lastly, starting a foot stretching routine is another wonderful method of acquiring muscle memory and a great way to train your feet to stretch forward the correct way. So, in addition to the foot routine/practice mentioned in tip #2, try this! With your feet together in parallel, push one foot up to demi pointe and then push your foot over to stretch the muscles located at the front your foot. Make sure your feet are not going inward, but going straight forward. Hold this stretch for about 8 counts on each foot and watch as your progress increases daily!
And there you have it! As always, I hope these tips have been a huge help to you and help you along as you work to “break the habit” of sickling. Have a great weekend and remember…