Moving Stretch® is like nothing you’ve experienced before. Not yoga, not pilates, PNF, or static (“normal”) stretching; it requires that we engage our muscles continuously throughout a specific movement. By engaging our muscles, we also engage the fascia, which is a type of dense connective tissue, so that when we stretch we can restructure our fascia, leading to significant and more lasting change.
You can either stretch yourself (self-stretching) as above or be stretched by a trainer (assisted stretching) which includes walking massage as below.
Moving Stretch® Self-stretching is a great way to learn to maintain your own body and you can come to classes to learn how to do this, which are currently available in various locations throughout the UK and abroad. Check out theevents on our Facebook page herefor more information on classes.
You can also have a 1-on-1 session with a trainer (find one here), use the book or our online videos (coming soon).
In an assisted Moving Stretch® session you will usually have walking massage first, in order to warm up the tissue and prepare the fascia for stretching. This is also a great way to relieve tension and release old “stuck” areas.
During the stretching you will be performing a number of different movements always with close supervision and guidance. Quite often you will be pushing one way and I another, so it may feel a little like arm wrestling at times!
However, there is a very subtle and delicate aspect to the stretching and it is always tailored to your body, your tissue and specific health and posture.
You can expect to feel lighter and to move differently than before. By removing the excess fascia you will have been “released” from old tissue pulling you down, so you will likely be able to move more lightly and easily, be more open in your posture and also feel a benefit to your health and mood.
Many clients say that they feel lighter, more upright, taller, have easier movement and more energised straight away. Others report significant benefits over a longer period including reduced or completely resolved pain, improved performance in sport and exercise, better posture, reduction in cellulite, improved mood and overall improved health and vitality. I believe many of my long-term clients look younger now than when I first started to see them several years ago.
We have several trainers who are qualified to give assisted stretching sessions, check out the Find a Trainer pageto get in touch with one near you.
Watch trainer David Croft give a brief introduction to resistance stretching at the beginning of his class at the Brighton Yoga Festival: