I'm 15 years old and I have just started getting into contortion (abit more than a week ago, I began stretching).
I have been doing alot of research to find new stretched to make myself more flexible, because I have just been doing this by myself, at home.
The other day I was showing my mother a chest stand and she and my step father said how it can be very dangerous for you and your back, if you rush it and if your doing by yourself (without a trainer etc). They then went on to saying I shouldn't be do any contortion by myself, because it can be very dangerous.
Yesterday, after they had told me this, i was very conscious about it all, and couldn't concentrate and I was scared when I felt my lower back a bit saw after doing back bends. But I thought it may just because I was only just getting use to stretching my back like that, because I started doing this just a bit more than a week ago.
So I was wondering if anyone can prove my parents wrong, and explain whether this is dangerous or not, doing it by myself and only a week after I first begun my stretches.
Also, any advice on good stretches will be much appreciated.
Thanks so much!