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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is Stretch Therapy™?

Stretch Therapy™ is a comprehensive body-mind system that includes stretching, strengthening, fascial remodelling, neural re-patterning, and relaxation techniques.

Through mindful practice of Stretch Therapy you will experience:

  • Increased awareness of physical sensations
  • Increased awareness of your body and it's unique patterns of tension
  • Improved posture, flexibility and mobility
  • More efficient alignment and movement patterns
  • Reduction in bodily aches and pains
  • Improved athletic performance

The Stretch Therapy system is a complete system of strength, flexibility and movement in its own right, yet is also highly adaptable and can be used to enhance your performance in other training systems and physical practices.

Modalities such as Yoga, CrossFit, gymnastics, dance and martial arts all share the common requirement that in order to move and perform at a high level you require flexibility, mobility and strength through a full range of motion; the very attributes a dedicated Stretch Therapy practice will develop.

Stretch Therapy is suitable for every body regardless of age or fitness level.

Essential principles & techniques

The Contract-Relax (C-R) method

  • Move slowly into a gentle stretch position, hold for 10-30 seconds and ensure you are comfortable and still breathing normally
  • Contract the muscle being stretched without allowing the limb to move for 5-10 seconds
  • Gently stop the contraction, breath in, and slowly re-stretch further on the next out breath
  • You may perform more C-R cycles if you feel it will allow further improvement
  • Hold the final position for 10-60 seconds (or 5-10 slow and controlled breaths)

How long and how hard should you contract during the C-R?

  • Shorter duration (3-5 seconds) and less force for smaller and weaker muscles
  • Longer duration (5-10 seconds) and more force for larger and stronger muscles
  • Experiment to find what works best in your own body

How often should you stretch?

  • Gentle stretching (without C-Rs) and/or mobility movements should be done daily to help maintain your current range of motion
  • Hard C-R stretches where you explore a new range of motion can be done 1-2 times per week
  • Experiment to find what works best in your own body

Some tips on how to use this approach effectively

  • Ensure you can maintain the correct form of the exercise; if necessary make use of suitable props for support or find a regression of the exercise where you can maintain the form
  • If there is a clear left to right difference in flexibility; begin by stretching your tighter side, then stretch your looser side, and finally stretch your tighter side again
  • Always bend forwards after bending backwards
  • When returning from any stretch position, try to use different muscles to those that you’ve just stretched

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