Dancing was the greatest gift of joy and healing in my life. The beauty now is that through Lastics, I get to give this gift of integration between body, self and mind to others.
~ Donna Flagg
"I love Lastics because it takes into account the entire body and not just the part being stretched. It is intelligent stretching that builds strength, alignment and overall movement quality. I do an hour of Lastics and then teach a dance class able to demonstrate choreography free from worry about injury."
Bob Fosse Dancer
"Lastics is a great way to prepare your body for any kind of movement. Within one class I saw a huge improvement in my flexibility, as well as my balance and control. This truly works wonders!"
Billy Elliot on Broadway
“I found muscles that I never felt before and was much more limber than usual afterwards."
Denver Nuggets, NBA
"Lastics has been completely new and rewarding experience for the Joffrey Academy students. It has helped them think about using their muscles in different ways in ballet class as it incorporates exercises that both stretch and strengthen muscles."
Academy Artistic Director, Joffrey Chicago
"These exercises actually do what all the other exercises say they do, but really don't. I do a lot of yoga and used to be an athlete. Lastics was the best stretch I've ever had, bar none. You won’t believe how good you feel afterwards."
"It’s definitely a different approach to stretching that works. It released the gripping I’d been feeling for years in my lower and middle back."
Dr. Andrew Feldman, M.D.
NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, New York Medical College and Head Physician, The New York Rangers
Lastics is the brainchild of Donna Flagg, a trained dancer holding a BA in dance and MA in education from Rutgers University and New York University, respectively.
As a dancer, there was constant pressure on Donna’s body - pressure that balanced strength and flexibility because unlike most athletes, the training itself requires dancers to be as strong as they are stretched. When that balance was disrupted later in her career, a major knee injury requiring partial reconstructive surgery was the result.
Her own personal healing process was the beginning of turning Lastics Stretch Technique into a codified method.
In her research, alongside PT, rehab and personal training, something struck Donna as unusual. It was the combination of inconsistencies in the science, which was then also reflected in what she perceived as similar contradictions in her actual hands-on training and therapy.
For starters, there was so much technical, useful theory that informed strength training, and the application of those theories was evidenced in the practical sense as well: Donna’s strength came back in a steady, noticeable way.
The contrast between healing and rehabilitative modalities was glaring. The return to flexible could not have been more diametrically opposed than from her return to strength.
Lastics will change the way you think about, and understand, your body, and also improve your body awareness through a new and unique way to connect mind with muscle with whole body.
So, join the movement! You’ll move, perform and feel better with muscles that are longer, stronger, more supple and healthy from the inside-out and end-to-end!