Stop Hitting Yourself!

What was the weirdest thing you have ever been asked to do in a dance class? I’ve just been told to hit myself in modern.

It wasn’t just me. Modern class resumed today and to give us an easy warm-up after the holidays, Jaina told us to hit ourselves. Slap ourselves, technically: quick little pats with the flat of the hand all over the body.

It worked: the slapping motion raises  the heart rate while the mechanical impact increases the blood flow to the muscles. Live and learn.

It was also hilarious. If you don’t believe me, get a dozen people together, stand them in a circle and ask them to bend over and slap their butts with both hands. I really hope some unfortunate soul happened to look in through the basement window at that very moment and will now be haunted by the image forever.

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