The Importance Of Stretching, Part 2

pugstretchingStretching is good. In Part 1 I told you why stretching is so necessary – our muscles are only designed to contract, and the injuries and lousy habits we develop over time lead to tensions that will pull us out of kilter and wear out our parts.

Stretching is easy! Lift one arm up high – you’ve just stretched your lats and rotator cuff. Keep the arm up and lean away from it – presto! You’re stretching your ribcage and quadratus lumborum. The fancy names don’t matter. What counts is that you do some stretching on a regular basis. There are plenty of books, videos, and websites – here’s one now – that will get you started with basic stretches.

There are a few simple rules to follow, too. Take it slow and gentle. Ease into a stretch. If it pulls, that’s good. If it hurts, that’s bad, and you should back off a bit. Stay there for awhile. Muscle fibers tend to loosen and relax within 30 seconds. The sheets of fascia that wrap around the muscles take longer, maybe a minute or two. Stretch both sides of your body equally, aim for balance.Stretching-l

A pleasant warning – stretching is addictive! Your body knows a good thing when it feels it, and you will be rewarded for your stretching endeavours by a freedom and physical delight you may not have felt in years. Use that delight to spur your efforts, and power your quest for more.

Enjoy the bounce and freedom and flowing vitality that you were meant to have. Help avoid falls, joint pain, aches and strains, headaches, stiff mornings, and the hundred other complaints of a body that can’t move. Stretching is the world’s best preventive medicine, easy, and fun. Al you need is a few minutes a few times a week to start reaping a lifetime of benefits.

Now’s a good time!

Published in: on December 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Fascia Research – Studying Our Glue

dw1xrf90s8hllxikfmc1It’s pretty amazing, really – the sheets and ropes that hold us together actually do much, much more. Like any other tissue in the body, fascia multitasks.

The Fascia Research Congress was begun in 2000 to bring scientists together with bodyworkers to share their mutual realizations on what, exactly, this stuff is. Fascia joins muscle to bone, bone to bone, provides the structure that holds our innards in place, and separates entire sections of our bodies. It also seems to play a vital role in our memory, immune system, and that irritating tendency for pain to not go away or move around to different parts.

What have they discovered about fascia so far? That there is much more to be learned. This article sums it up nicely.

http://io9.com/how-a-mysterious-body-part-called-fascia-is-challenging-1598939224

 

Published in: on July 31, 2014 at 9:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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