Stretching is unarguably one of the best tools we have for staying healthy, rehabilitating and preventing injuries, increasing stamina, speed and strength, and reducing stress and tension.
Stretching is something that requires patience, discipline and proper technique. Interestingly, even though we were born with the ability and body awareness to stretch, we lose the urge or sense to stretch when we simply don’t make a habit of it.
Appropriate stretching techniques vary somewhat depending on the needs and history of the individual. This is why it’s best to have an experienced instructor work with you. Stretching should be taken seriously. It is a very powerful tool, but also a dangerous one; it can heal and it can harm.
We know that consistent stretching causes the muscles to elongate. Furthermore, circulation is improved, causing nutrients and oxygen to be delivered with greater ease throughout the body. This makes for better contraction and relaxation of the muscle fibers, and the faster a muscle can contract and subsequently relax, the faster, more agile and athletic a person can be.
Also, stretching can be used in conjunction with meditation techniques to give you total mind and body relaxation.
It may take a little time getting used to stretching because flexibility doesn’t happen overnight. Yet, with consistency and discipline, stretching will prove to be an activity which yields positive results throughout your lifetime.