Belly dance is a comprehensive art that can make a woman practicing it look graceful and sexy. Belly dance effectively works abs and hips so you can sculpture an awesome body by doing it. Moreover, you are having a lot of fun and getting recharged as you perform belly dance. However, that’s where all the positives end. A study by European scientists at the International Health Association revealed that belly dance can shake your spine loose.
This is caused by vertical and horizontal shimmies which are important element of belly dance. Shimmies put a great stress on the spine, which may injure even professional dancers, let alone novices. What’s more, belly dance can cause different gynecological diseases. Richard Smith, who led the study, strongly encourages anyone wishing to take belly dance classes to get medical examination to prevent health problems.
You should be also aware of many precautions before doing belly dance. You should abstain from belly dancing if you are pregnant or flat-footed, have vertebral dislocation, herniated discs or back pain, any kind of swellings or pus infection, any gynecological condition, problems with liver, stomach, upper air passage and varicose veins. If your medical examination reveals any of these health problems, you will be better off not doing belly dance and choose a safer dance for yourself.
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