Curious About The Latest Trend in Assisted Stretch Studios? We’ve Got The Scoop!
by Therese McPherson, BSc (Hons) Kin
The Essentials of Assisted Stretching
Stretching and flexibility are crucial for all of us and at all ages. You don’t have to be a professional athlete, or even be in shape to experience its joys and benefits. When you’re running the track or even picking up your coffee in the morning, you want your body to work the way it should. Moving freely and easily without pain, discomfort or limitation is essential when performing physical tasks.
The human body has approximately 700 muscles that work to keep you upright, mobile and capable of doing a wide array of movements. Our muscles come in a variety of shapes and sizes, arranged around joints that move in many complex ways.
Stretching is an important component of a complete fitness regime, yet it is oftentimes the most neglected. Do you find yourself forgetting to stretch or that you don’t know what stretches to perform? You aren’t alone. Most people don’t stretch on their own for various reasons, such as lack of time, motivation and knowledge.
What Is Stretch Therapy And What Are The Benefits?
Stretch Therapy is a system of table-based assisted stretching that focuses on the muscles and connective tissue that surround the joints. The stretch therapist helps in manipulating your body to stretch specific muscle groups. Comfortable straps are applied to stabilize inactive limbs and body parts to facilitate complete effectiveness and relaxation. The therapist can apply additional force to deepen and enhance the experience.
Benefits of Stretch Therapy
Some of the benefits of assisted Stretch Therapy include:
- Eliminating many causes of pain
- Improving flexibility, strength, and speed
- Improving posture and scapula stability
- Boosting fitness results
- Reducing the risk of injury
- Relieving stress
- Elevating athletic performance
- Increasing mobility and range of motion
- Improving your physical appearance
- Increasing blood flow
Assisted vs. Regular Stretching
Below are a few of the muscle groups that I like to target with my clients to help alleviate their muscle soreness and speed recovery.
Regular, assisted stretching improves and maintains flexibility and mobility, improves bad posture, relieves pain, reduces the risk of injury, and even helps counteract the effects of aging.
Over our lifetimes, the constant downward pull of gravity and the dehydrating effects of aging cause us gradually to hunch our shoulders and more alarmingly, to shrink. Regular stretching can help you achieve an upright and energetic posture and a vital, healthy, and pain-free body. Everyone, regardless of age or fitness level, can benefit from stretching!
Want to give assisted stretching a try? Book a complimentary 25-minute Introductory Stretch at FLXME! Call (647) 901-3539 or visit the website to book your appointment.
Therese McPherson, BSc (Hons) Kin,Stretch Therapist at Flxme