Extreme Contortion

Extreme contortion is the ultimate display of natural flexibility, as contortionists are able to put their bodies in positions considered to be impossible for most humans. Extreme contortion is seen in many gymnastic, acrobatic and circus events. Videos and pictures that illustrate extreme contortion are very popular across many sites on the Internet.
     Below: Extreme contortion can be seen in parts of the world as street art or street performing, often done for large audiences by street groups, or by humble but skilled street performers as a way of earning a living.

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People can learn extreme contortion skills with training and conditioning. It is possible for humans to make drastic changes to their natural flexibility through rigorous and disciplined training regimens. Although it is commonly assumed that women are more naturally flexible than men and therefore more likely to become skilled at extreme contortion, this is only a myth as nearly equal numbers of men and women tend to become extreme contortionists.

Extreme contortion performances are commonly set to music, and can be ‘acted out’ like a dance or gymnastic sequence or show. Many of these performances involve tremendous acts of balance and strength, in addition to the flexibility required. Some of the feats demonstrated during extreme contortion involve unnatural bending that appears to be ‘boneless,’ effortless splits, compressing the body into a space that appears far too small for the person, or actual dislocations of the contortionist’s joints.

Extreme Contortion examples