How to stretch your partner & kids

If you’re quarantined with another person (and are still on friendly terms), then you’re in luck! This means you have a built-in stretching partner, right in your own house.

Benefits of Assisted Stretching

Stretching with assistance helps enhance the stretch. You’re able to get a deeper stretch than you would be able to on your own. You can perform certain movements and target muscles you could not without assistance, making for an all-round more effective stretch.

Of course, there are proper techniques to assist a stretch—here are a few tips to make you the best quarantine partner yet.

Don’t muscle it!

Strain does not equal gain. It should be safe, easy and require minimal effort. If you feel too much resistance, it is likely that you are going beyond your partner’s natural range of motion (being too forceful could result in injury).

Listen to your partner.

Communication here is key—you never want to go beyond your partner’s comfort level. One of the reasons why we do stretches in short, repetitive motions is to gently build flexibility over the course of several repetitions. This also pumps blood flow into the muscle, allowing it to warm up.

It’s best to skip anything that causes discomfort. Facial expressions are also a good indication. A smile is good; grimace, probably bad....

Key things to remember.

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Follow along with these stretches you can do with a partner

Stretching with kids.

With kids stuck at home, they may be feeling more of the everyday pains that you feel—neck cricks from Zoom classes and tightness from sitting at a desk for longer than usual.

Researchers have documented 'text neck', bone-like spurs in the necks of young people as a result of excessive forward head tilting over devices. By stretching muscles throughout the head, neck and shoulders, you’re able to elongate and reduce tension in areas that are tight, while also correcting the muscle's dysfunction and imbalance.

Here are a few quick tips for staying loose:

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Follow along with this fun routine our Program Director, Jeremy, did with his kids recently