Assisted stretching involves a trained practitioner using different techniques to apply the kind of range of motion to your body that you could not apply on your own. The stretches are done both manually and with special equipment enabling clients to get a deeper more beneficial stretch.
Assisted stretching improves posture, mobility and flexibility, reduces stiffness and muscle tension and can help prevent or recover from injury. Regular assisted stretching supports joints and muscles and reduces stress and tension on the body. This can help with anything from improving athletic performance to preventing a fall. The sessions are customizable to each person, their individual needs and goals.
People do have the ability to stretch on their own but this oftentimes is overlooked and performed incorrectly or sporadically. Stretches are performed the wrong way or held too long which can lead to injury. The assistance of a knowledgeable practitioner can make stretches much more effective, helping the client achieve all the benefits stretching has to offer. Accountability to a consistent stretch routine will enable you to see the best results from Assisted Stretching.
While your Stretch Therapist is controlling the intensity and speed of your session, you will be in constant communication with them. You are in control of the session by keeping them informed of your comfort level. Once the session is complete most people report less pain.
Most peoples' muscles are much tighter than they realize even if they don't experience pain. This is especially true if you find yourself sitting for long periods of time. Most Americans sit entirely too much whether it be a desk job, working on a computer, driving for long periods of time or a Netflix marathon. We could all benefit by getting up and moving more. Believe it or not sitting puts a lot of stress on our bodies. This causes our muscles to become overworked creating stiffness, tension and pain. Assisted stretching can relax those overstressed muscles which will reduce pain and stiffness.
Individual stretch schedule recommendations can be discussed with your therapist based on your needs and goals. On average it is good practice to have a session from 2 to 8 times a month.