STRETCHING & MOBILITY TRAINING
Gain: Flexibility. Mobility. Balance.
Do you have tight hamstrings, locked-up hips, and a painful lower back? When you’re stiff, it feels like you’re trapped in your body. If you’ve tried yoga and stretching exercises but haven't found relief, then this program is for you.
Stretching is a safe, science-backed way to find your flexibility freedom. Did you know that 50% of your flexibility gains come from your nervous system, not your muscles? The benefits you’ll experience go way beyond the yoga mat. Here’s why flexibility matters:
»»» Less Athletic Injury. Tight muscles don’t cause injuries; poor movement patterns do. When you’re tight and imbalanced, your body creates workarounds that get you into trouble, leading to injuries. With an intelligent self-care flexibility training regimen, you can move toward a balanced body and reduce your risk of injury for life.
»»» Reduce Back, Neck, and Body Pains. Joint pain, muscle soreness, and cramping can be reduced with well-informed mobility training. Your body is designed to express itself with a wide range of motion, and the more you tap into those natural patterns, the more the aches and pains of sedentary life fade.
»»» Be More Active. Whether you’re passionate about yoga, running, biking, swimming, or golfing, when your body is open and limber, everything works and feels better. Movement becomes fun again.
»»» Improved Circulation. Many people assume heart strength is the only factor affecting circulation, but this is an oversimplification. Your body’s vascular system is vast and its capillaries so tiny that they are constantly affected by your movements (or lack thereof). Since stiffness is often systemic, the tightness in the backs of your legs could indicate you have impaired circulation to your extremities and connective tissues. Flexibility training unblocks stuck areas and helps to naturally improve whole-body circulation.
»»» Travel in Comfort. A large part of the aches you experience from long car and plane rides is due to poor mobility. When you regain your natural flexibility, it becomes easier and more comfortable to sit for long stretches of time.
»»» Improved Sleep. Muscle cramps, poor posture, and abnormal breathing patterns can be lessened with proper pre-bed stretching exercises. Just 15 minutes of stretching before bed can help you sleep deeper and wake up refreshed.
»»» Tone Your Nervous System. When your nerves are blocked by shortened tissues, it can impair the free flow of electrical energy throughout your body. On the flip side, when you increase your flexibility, you turn your body into a superconductor for energy. The most profound benefits are often experienced in the hands, feet, wrists, and shoulders.
In this program, you'll learn the 3 Pillars of Proper Stretching:
»»» 1: Muscles stretch best when completely relaxed. When you train for flexibility, you attempt to relax into the stretch as much as possible.
»»» 2: Doubling the exhale-to-inhale ratio turns off the stretch reflex, stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system response, and relieves muscle tension.
»»» 3: Training longer holds affects the gating factor for flexibility - time under passive tension (AKA how long you spend in these deep poses). The typical stretching hold times are 2-5 minutes.
Flexibility freedom is within your reach, no matter where you are right now. Stretching is accessible to everyone, regardless of age or health status.
YOGABODY Stretching Coach® Certified
IMPORTANT CONTRAINDICATIONS OF BREATHWORK
If you've had recent physical injury or surgery, please consult with your primary care physician or specialist first. Pregnant women are advised against participating in this program. Persons with asthma should bring their inhaler and consult with me in advance. Training with Luna Zen does not substitute for professional medical treatments.