Finis Jhung has choreographed fourteen slow and simple stretches to Scott Killian's soothing music that will reduce stress, relax tense muscles, and elevate your mind. The video is divided into four different ten-minute breaks: two are done standing, one seated on a chair, and one sitting and lying on the floor. You'll be pleasantly surprised when you discover what these deceptively simple movements will do for your body and soul. Now, in just ten minutes, you can forget your troubles and feel better than ever. Play the video in 3 modes: Full Class, Individual Exercises, or Workout Mode where you can run the exercises without instruction.
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Play the video in 3 modes: Full Class, Individual Exercises, or Workout Mode without instruction.
Break #1 STANDING EXERCISES
1. Swing & Sway
2. Circle & Twist
3. Fly & Dive
4. Breathe & Push
Break #2 SEATED EXERCISES
2. Roll & Stretch
3. Draw the Bow, Head Circles
4. Twist, Foot Circles
Break #3 STANDING EXERCISES
1. Reach & Twist
4. Lunge & Stretch
Break #4 FLOOR EXERCISES
1. Sit on the Floor & Stretch
2. Lie Down & Stretch
New Ballet Music 4 "All in 3/4", New Ballet Music 11 "Illuminations", New Ballet Music 5 "Ballet Today", New Ballet Music 10 "Special Places"
ALL LEVELS. ALL REGIONS DVD. 70 minutes. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Melissa Elstein, Good Energy Yoga & Reiki - Founder, www.goodenergyyoga.com. CD Music by Scott Killian: New Ballet Music 4 "All in 3/4", New Ballet Music 11 "Illuminations", New Ballet Music 5 "Ballet Today", New Ballet Music 10 "Special Places"
“I wanted to let you know that 4 of my students were chosen to dance with the Moscow Ballet Company when they performed The Nutcracker in Gillette, WY. The master ballet director, Olga, chose my students out of hundreds of children who auditioned because of their technique. Their technique is outstanding because I teach them what I have learned from you in your videos. The ‘how and the why’ makes all the difference in the world. Thank you again for sharing your ‘pearls of wisdom’ so we are better ballet instructors for our students. You are so gracious in your corrections. The words you choose and your tone of voice are very soothing and uplifting to the student— ‘you are the student, I know you can do this, and I’m going to show you how.’ I love way you break the movement into physics. I can correct someone, let them practice, and before they go home they have conquered their biggest fear such as turns. They get it!”
— Lori Bickford, RNC, BSN, MS
Director of Services, Weston County Public Health, Newcastle, WY
"This DVD truly belongs in every home. I own other stretch DVDs but this is my "desert island" DVD that I take with me when I travel and that I turn to for unfailing relief of physical aches and pains and mental stress. Finis Jhung is acknowledged as an unsurpassed ballet expert, teacher, and coach, and one of the many wonderful things about this program is that he, who works with some of the finest dancers of our times, shows such understanding of the challenges faced by those of us who are less physically gifted. This program is very gentle and entirely safe yet it provides a superb, thorough stretch regimen for the entire body. I have done it on my own and also along with my mother (in her eighties) and due to Mr. Jhung's careful, patient, detailed instruction, both of us were able to "customize" the stretches to the level appropriate for our abilities. The exquisite demonstration by Melissa Elstein provides beautiful inspiration as well as an example of flawless form for those who are following, and the lovely, sensitively nuanced music adds both to the aesthetic experience *and* gently guides one into following the right rhythm and pace.
I should add that although I obviously write from the perspective of someone who is *not* an accomplished dancer/athlete, this DVD would be just as valuable for people at the peak of physical ability as it is for the rest of us. Indeed, people who regularly push themselves in vigorous activity/performance might have special need of this DVD's soothing, meditative aspects. Whether one's daily life involves demanding physical exertion or "stiffening" sedentary desk work, this stretch program provides an immersion in beauty, grace, and flowing, harmonious movement that is comforting and cheering as well as physically beneficial. Absolutely brilliant and irreplaceable!" —Laura Fasick, Moorehead, MN
"I received 'The Ten-Minute Stretch Break' in the mail yesterday and in the afternoon at home did all the stretches. What a fabulous DVD and such fun to do!"—Caroline Walton, Timmonsville, SC
"These gentle movements, guided by your thorough instruction, and accompanied by soul-soothing music, are a perfect way to lift the spirit and help restore the body after the ordeal of shoulder surgery. Simultaneously, these same movements provide a superb stretching and flexibility regime for those in unimpaired health. One of the things I love about your DVDs is that they offer this rich adaptability: people at different levels of fitness can pursue the movements to different extents, thereby ensuring that everyone gets an effective but safe workout."— Laura Fasick, Moorehead, MN
"The Ten-Minute Stretch Break DVD is taught by Finis Jhung, a nationally respected Master Ballet Instructor in New York City. It includes 14 well-choreographed exercises accompanied by beautiful music. Remarkably, the DVD does not presuppose any knowledge of ballet or being a ballet dancer. The techniques utilized are well within the ability of the average user or even children to improve fitness.
Finis’ well-thought-out stretching exercises are gentle and relaxing. These exercises emphasize improved flexibility of the neck, axial spine, and major joints of the extremities. All that is required is a daily ten-minute block of time to complete one of four optional routines in front of a television. The exercises are performed either from the (1) seated, (2) standing, or (3) on the floor positions. For physical and mental stress relief, even office personnel should be able to perform these low intensity exercises at their workstation.
Finis’ exercises are especially advantageous in that there is negligible physical impact. His stretching routines are configured to address inflexibility caused by aging. The short exercise program is a convenient substitute when a lengthy physical workout is impracticable.
Over the last five years, I have worked intensively with Finis’ outstanding classical ballet teaching DVDs. I remain favorably impressed with his logical approach in developing special practice and exercise routines for everyone. The Ten-Minute Stretch Break DVD is no exception. It is tailored to meet the needs of those interested in maintaining an appreciable level of general fitness. An old adage is true with respect to exercise. 'Use it or lose it!' "—Jeffrey S. Putter, M.D., Escondido, CA USA
"It was like having you there in person instructing. Each time I began to wonder if I was doing the exercise correctly you gave a direction. The exercises are gentle but powerful. Bravo! This morning I woke up pain free after doing the exercises. Many thanks!"—L. Tree Marr, Madison, WI