Most Frequently Asked Questions
What is stretching?
According to Brad Walker, author and world-renowned Stretch Coach, stretching as it relates to physical health and fitness, is the process of placing particular parts of the body into a position that will lengthen, or elongate, the muscles and associated soft tissues. Upon undertaking a regular stretching program, a number of changes begin to occur within the body and specifically within the muscles themselves. Other tissues that begin to adapt to the stretching process include the fascia, tendons, ligaments, skin and scar tissue.
How often should I stretch?
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) recommends at least 30 minutes of stretching three times per week for flexibility. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends flexibility exercises for each of the major muscle-tendon groups at least twice weekly.
What types of stretching does The Stretching Boutique Offer?
Static Stretching: which involves holding a particular position with the muscle/joint at maximum ROM (the point where mild tension or discomfort, but not pain, is felt) for up to 60 seconds.
Dynamic Stretching: which involves moving a joint through a full range of motion (going to the end of stretch).
Foam Rolling - Self-Myofascial Release (SMR): involves the use of a foam roller to massage the muscles and the fascia around them that have been affected by pain and tightness.
What are the benefits of stretching?
Stretching yields to many benefits to list but here are a few: allows greater freedom of movement and improved posture, releases muscle tension and soreness, reduces the risk of injury.
Can I stretch if I’m recovering from an injury/surgery?
Always consult your doctor before starting any fitness/stretching activity or program. After an injury, scar tissue can develop. Scar tissue can form in the body when healing from an injury. Scar tissue itself isn’t harmful, but it can stiffen, causing difficulties with range of motion and become painful. Yes, when cleared by your doctor stretching is permitted and can help with recovery.
How fast will I see the benefits?
Almost immediately! After one stretching workout/session you’ll feel lighter, more limber and notice a difference in your posture. Many people who suffer from pain or joint stiffness end up feeling mild to complete relief after completing a workout.
Can Stretching help with weight loss?
Stretching plays a major role in weight management. Stretching can lower your tension and stress. Stress causes the body to increase cortisol (cortisol is commonly referred to as the “stress hormone”) that can lead to health risks including weight gain. Stretching helps you improve your mood and balances the levels of cortisol in your body.