By Janell Hojara
For too long it has been easy to ignore stretching as a vital part of exercise. Most people are not fully aware of their steady loss of flexibility. Over time, the cumulative repetition of strains and micro-stresses from even simple everyday tasks can cause muscles to become “glued” together. This “glue”, or scar tissue, tightens the surrounding tissue and inhibits range of motion and circulation. It is easy to overlook stretching because the results are not as visible as weightlifting, Pilates, running, and other forms of exercise. However, stretching is very necessary in lightening muscles for flexibility, greater range of motion, and injury prevention. Let’s go over 3 of the most commonly unknown or overlooked benefits of assisted stretching:
1. Stretching Has A Calming Effect
The beauty of Stretch Zone is that a client can come for their session and relax knowing that our patented equipment holds them secure while our trained practitioners do the work. Assisted stretching gives the ability to control and alter the timing of, and even overcome the stretch reflex that occurs when one otherwise stretches unassisted. When your body is correctly stabilized fear is reduced and relaxation is accomplished. Many of our clients have experienced improved sleep patterns as well due to the reduction in pain, stiffness, and stress. Stretching can calm the mind and release physical and mental tension. It increases your blood flow and circulation, sending oxygen to your brain for a clearer mind and more cheerful mood. It can increase your self-confidence, giving you a better outlook on life.
2. Enhanced Athletic Performance
When flexibility training is done properly one can increase their ‘set muscle length.’ This increased active range of motion allows movement to be executed without excessive tension. It also decreases the resistance of the extended muscles and serves as a safe guard against injury. Our more active clients have experienced enhanced physical ability, greater reaction time, and spatial awareness. The athlete becomes a highly responsive system through flexibility, often developing a greater sensory awareness of their surroundings. This awareness aids in developing a greater sense of control, which ultimately determines peak performance.
3. Relief From Stiffness And Soreness
People develop excessive resting muscle residual tension when they’ve been either too active or not active enough. Movements become more difficult with a feeling of heaviness. Stretch Zone works with the central nervous system to re-establish a more ideal resting muscle tone. It’s not just about increasing range of motion but in making movements more effortless, efficient, and the best part- PAIN FREE.
These are just a few of the wonderful benefits of assisted stretching. The more consistently you stretch the more benefits you receive. You may ask yourself, “Is Stretch Zone right for me?” And the answer is a resounding YES! Stretch Zone is for everyone who desires a better quality of life. Whether you aim to improve your golf swing, or you just want to be able to tie your shoes, we are here for you!
For more information on Stretch Zone call 954-840-8648