What is Stretching?
When combined with regular massage techniques, assisted stretching not only keeps your muscles supple, but it also helps your massage therapist work more effectively. Stretch massage alleviates strain on your joints and has a slew of other benefits, including Enhanced flexibility and improved posture.
Who is it for?
If relaxation is not your top priority, then you may be interested to simply maintain healthy muscles. The act of stretching increases your flexibility and range of motion. Muscles that are regularly stretched are less likely to be prone to injury. Great for athletes or anyone that needs guided assistance to treat tight muscles. There may be some temporary discomfort or pain involved.
What are the benefits?
- Increased range of motion and flexibility
- Range of motion and flexibility go hand in hand. Having greater range of motion provides joints and the muscles supporting them greater flexibility and movement. Studies have found that static stretching increases range of motion and the length of the muscles connected to the specific joint.
- Improved circulation
- Low intensity stretching done routinely can increase blood flow to tissues and reduce blood pressure. The increase in circulation to muscles brings oxygen and nutrients to tissues and plays a role in decreasing muscle soreness post-workout.
- Improved posture
- Well-stretched clients will stand taller after stretching — or at least they will feel like they are. The act of lengthening muscles followed by a strengthening exercise program encourages proper alignment in the body and supports good posture.
- Stress relief
- Everyone has experienced tension in their body because of mental and emotional triggers. Our body reacts to stressors by contracting or tensing up. The longer tension remains in the body, the tighter the muscle tissues get.
- Pain relief
- Stretching has been used among athletes and rehabilitation centers to alleviate pain caused by anything from sports injuries to car accidents. Restricted movement can cause pain, inhibit movement, and create stiffness and achiness in our bodies. Stretching has been found to counteract these effects.