Is this Possible? “Superhuman Elasticity”

30 11 2010

Flexibility is in our genes. Some people have it, and some people don’t. But what about those who are able twist their bodies in the most unusual ways? How do they do it? Do they lack certain bones or muscles that all people should have? And does this affect their health?

“For most humans, Zlata’s level of flexiblity is simply not possible. The Russian contortionist has trained in extreme gymnastics since the age of 14, but her superhuman pliability cannot be entirely attributed to her acquired skills. Zlata has a rare condition called Ehlers–Danlos syndrome” :

In the skin, muscles, ligaments, blood vessels, and visceral organs collagen plays a very significant role and with increased elasticity, secondary to abnormal collagen, pathology results. Depending on the individual mutation, the severity of the syndrome can vary from mild to life-threatening.

In short, Zlata has a rubber band body, which may or may not be detrimental to her health.

Quoted from the video below, “In the world of contortionism you’re either a front bender or a back bender. Zlata is both.” Enough said. Enjoy (boys). Or wince, as most normal human beings would.

See more: How Is This Possible? « Wonderment Blog


How to become more FLEXIBLE…………

  1. Stretch your quadriceps.
    • Stand up and pull one leg behind you.
    • Repeat with other leg.
  2. Stretch your calves.
    • Put your arms up against the wall.
    • Bring one leg in towards it while keeping your other leg straight.
    • Repeat with other leg.
  3. Stretch your hamstrings.
    • Sit on the floor and put one leg out.
    • Reach for it and hold for a few seconds.
    • Repeat with other leg, and then do it with both legs.
  4. Stretch your legs fully.
    • Lay flat on your back extend your leg out.
    • Grab the back of your thigh.
    • Pull your leg towards your face.
    • Don’t jerk your leg, it may cause an injury.
  5. Do a butterfly stretch.
    • Sit on the floor.
    • Press the soles of your feet together.
    • Pull your feet the closest you can.
    • Push your knees down.
  6. Stretch your lower back.
    • Lay down.
    • Bring one leg onto your chest.
    • Repeat with your other leg, and then do it with both.




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