The new trend in stretching

This just in: solo stretching is out, and assisted stretching in a professional studio is in. Lisa Lawson, manager of Stretch Studio, Australia’s first dedicated one-on-one professional assisted stretching studio, gives us the lowdown…

Why is stretching so important?

Stretching is vitally important, yet it is the one thing that we spend the least amount of time doing. It’s something that feels so natural to the human body – we instinctively want to stretch every morning when we wake up. It helps to keep our muscles flexible and increase our muscle strength, which allows us to maintain a range of motion in our joints. When we have a good range of motion in our joints, we’re able to move better and function at our optimal level, leading to a better overall quality of life.
Stretching will help you become not only more flexible in your body, but in your life – looser and more “free” in your daily movements, without niggles or daily
pains. Stretching can also be quite a cathartic experience, something you will notice when you experience a one-on-one assisted stretch. The benefits of stretching will last much longer than just the stretch session and you will feel incredible for hours afterwards, sleep beautifully and wake up feeling invigorated and refreshed.

How does assisted stretching work?

We will ask you to take your shoes off and lie comfortably on your back. The “flexologist” will take you through a stretching routine, targeting all major muscle groups to ensure you get a full-body stretch, which will also incorporate deep breathing, to activate the parasympathetic nervous system that allows you to naturally relax. The session will also involve using special strapping to ensure you get a deeper stretch.
Our flexologists are trained in the art of stretching. They’re specially taught to match your resistance and ensure you’re getting a stretch that’s most beneficial. They also do what we call “resistance stretching”, where they will get you to push back against their pressure. This will get the muscle to contract and lengthen at the same time, so that the muscle is always growing and changing each time you stretch. Having a professional assisted stretch will guide you through the process, making sure you’re in the correct stretch position for the right amount of time.

Who is an assisted stretch good for?

Stretching is especially important for anyone who does any type of training and sport. When we train, the muscles tear and shorten. Stretching your muscles will ensure that your muscles lengthen and elongate, as well as speeding up the healing process and relieving stiffness. However, whether you’re 17 or 70, active or not active, everyone should be stretching on a daily basis.