- Arm Stretches
- Back Stretches
- Hip Stretches
- Leg Stretches
- Neck Stretches
- Shoulder Stretches
Is Stretching Important?
Stretching helps to keep your muscles healthy, relaxed and strong. We all need relaxed and healthy muscles to keep our joints mobile, which then allows us to be fit and active.
With most of us sitting for long periods throughout the day we tend to have tension in muscle groups throughout the body. This tension can make it harder for us to move and can cause us to experience fatigue, which inhibits an active lifestyle. Also when we do activity with tight muscles they are more likely to sustain and injury.
Which Muscles Should I Target?
We have so many muscles in our bodies it’s hard to know where to start sometimes. It’s not necessary to stretch every muscle, the most important thing is to target the specific areas of tension that you have from your daily activities. Have a chat with your remedial massage therapists to get a list of your specific problem areas.
Do Them Regularly!
Stretching regularly is crucial, a short stretch once in a while just won’t cut it! It can take time to really experience the benefits of stretching and then we also need to maintain it. We often suggest starting out with a short session 3-4 nights a week for a month.
Do Them Correctly! | Is Stretching Important?
We recommend holding a stretch for 30 seconds, definitely don’t bounce and remember to breathe. Feeling tension during a stretch is normal, however it shouldn’t be painful. If there is pain you can try backing off a little or you may have an injury or damage to the tissue in the muscle you are stretching. If you are experiencing pain with your stretching book in to see one of our therapists and we can advise you on what steps you should take.