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. This is just like when we yawn and stretch, but with many different kinds of movements to work on different areas of the body.
This is something that humans and animals do naturally, to help keep our bodies in good working order. Moving Stretches are all a lot like this, but include many different movements and techniques and usually less yawning.
How it Works
Normal or “static” stretching means that we go to the end of a range of motion and stay there, trying to push even further. The only problem is that this often leads to straining areas of weakness, rather than working on our tightest areas.
By contrast, Moving Stretch works by using a combination of movement and constant resistance (or tension). By engaging our muscles in this way, we also engage the fascia, which is a type of dense connective tissue. Then when we move and stretch through this resistance we can work on our fascia, leading to significant and more lasting change. Not only that but it improves the health of our tissue in general, leading to increased health and youthfulness.
Moving Stretch Self-Stretching
Moving Stretch® self-stretching consists of a wide variety of individual stretches as well as routines. The stretches are accessible to 99.9% of people regardless of flexibility or mobility as they are designed to be used by each person according to their own ability level.
Moving Stretch self-stretching is a great way to learn to maintain your own body, decrease stress, improve posture and mobility and stay youthful. There is a guide to self-stretching
You can buy the book and stretch at home. We also have online videos coming soon that you can stretch along to.
Moving Stretch Assisted-Stretching
Moving Stretch® assisted-stretching is a very effective way to address a wide variety of postural issues, physical imbalance and tension. Trainers have gone through thorough training to provide high-quality sessions that are completely tailored to your body.
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.
This is as hard or soft as required. The trainers do not usually put their whole body with on you, and their pressure is very controlled (we usually lean on walking frames for extra safety and stability), therefore it is a very safe and surprisingly effective massage and warm-up .
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.