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Stretching

My stretching sessions take place on a massage table with the client fully clothed, the practitioner stabilizes the limbs or part of the body not being worked on while manually stretching or strengthening the target muscle. This facilitates relaxation and enhances the effectiveness of the technique. Additionally I provide instructions for further self stretching at home. 

Benefits: Resistance Stretchings unique approach builds flexibility and strength at the same time and helps remove lactic acid. An assisted session that incorporates resistance stretching and massage can really aid recovery, Athletes use it before a run to loosen up, or after to reduce stiffness and tension. 

ASSISTED STRETCHING

Assisted stretching, done with the help of a professional service provider or stretching "coach," lets muscles move beyond their natural resistance, creating a deeper, more effective stretch. It is proven to increase range of motion, flexibility and blood flow and improve how muscles function, and virtually every professional and elite athlete uses assisted stretching in their training and conditioning routines.

Stretching Benefits:

  • Improved posture
  • Anti-aging
  • Reduced risk of injuries
  • Releases endorphins which are natural pain suppressants
  • Improved strength
  • Decreased stress
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Decreased muscle soreness
  • Improved sex, and much more 

What is the difference between Assisted Stretching and Yoga?

First off, it’s important to recognize that most yoga practices have a main objective of bringing together the body and the mind, reaching an enlightened state of mind. The asana, or physical practice of yoga, is only 1 of 8 limbs used to reach enlightenment.

The main purpose of yoga is not to increase flexibility; however that is often a positive side effect. Assisted Stretching is different in that it is intentionally structured to target the fascia (a highly nervous connective tissue) and increase flexibility. While some yoga poses may coincidentally happen to be along a fascial line, every move performed by an Assisted Stretching practitioner is targeted specifically at fascial lines to vastly increase flexibility and decrease pain.

Assisted Stretching is performed by the therapist rather than by the self, which adds a unique aspect. Traction, oscillation, and circumduction are performed by the therapist to release flexibility that is trapped inside the joint capsule. This is not possible in yoga due to the joint-cramping effects of gravity. Because of these effects, Assisted Stretching provides an increase in synovial fluid (think joint lubrication) that yoga cannot provide.

Additionally, the nervous system can often become extremely calm and enter a parasympathetic state in an Assisted Stretching session, which is not possible in a yoga class; yoga can be very challenging on proprioception, balance, and body/stretch awareness. Breathing is coached during an Assisted Stretching session to maximize the flexibility gains and enter this truly parasympathetic state. Assisted Stretching focuses on elongating, re-aligning and balancing the connective tissues of the body.

When a client or patient tries to stretch themselves, there is automatically a tension that builds up because of the nature of a self-stretch. The client will never be able to fully relax enough to target the fascia, the area that needs the most the love. Assisted Stretching provides rapid, pain-free results that typically occur within one session. Its many benefits include increased flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, body awareness and posture.

Assisted Stretching is highly individualized and performed by a certified therapist with extensive anatomical knowledge and biomechanical expertise. Yoga is usually self-lead, and often a cookie cutter “one-size-fits-all” group training approach is used.