Practice safe stretch

Think all stretching is the same? Not quite. Here's a look at why our Stretch*d Method of active, assisted stretching is the safest and most effective way to get loose.

The stretching you probably did in gym class

What is the 'stretch reflex'?

Fancy name: myotactic reflex. This is when your body responds to the rapid stretching of a muscle, with a rapid contraction of the muscle (to stop it being stretched). It's literally a knee jerk response, and you can understand why the body might do it for protection.

The long, weight bearing holds of static stretching, and the forcefulness of ballistic stretching can initiate the stretch reflex. Of course, this contraction is the opposite of what we’re going for when we stretch. It means the muscle cannot lengthen for an effective stretch, and also increases the risk injury whilst trying to stretch.

Active stretching avoids the stretch reflex, making it the safest and most effective way to stretch.

Our Stretch*d Method uses active stretching principles in all of our one-on-one sessions, and in the 'Stretch*mmendations' we provide you to do at home.

Here's an active stretching version of the good ol' hamstring stretch

Okay, I'm learning something! What about some of the other recovery methods out there?

We love other modalities like massage, yoga, foam rolling, and percussion devices as parts of our recovery routine. Here’s a quick run-down of what makes them different (and great) in their own ways.

Do I need to have someone else stretch me? Can’t I just do it myself?

You can and should stretch yourself, but an assisted stretch has benefits you will miss by flying solo.

Come in to Stretch*d for a one-one-one session of active, assisted stretching. 25-, 55-, or 70-minute sessions, completely customized to your needs.

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