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Importance of staying flexible- S-T-R-E-T-C-H

Many clients come to me with stiff backs, tight shoulders, aching legs, nerve compression and the list goes on.  I would like to promote massage therapy as the end all of completing homeostasis in the body but there are many other important components that go along with good health and feeling relaxed. Three of the most important things to remember.

1. Me!

2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate with water. If you are one of those everyday protestors of drinking water…Blah, boring, no flavor, POOEY! Try flavored water, minus the sugar that some companies hide in this hubba delicacy. Water is kind. Water is your friend. Water is cool. It is kind of like how oil is to a car. It keeps the engine maintained and running smoothly. Well oiled. Water does the same thing for our bodies.

3. Stretch. Stretching core parts of our muscle groups are essential. In my opinion the most important exercise. Treat yourself.  Breathe slowly concentrating into the stretch. Visualize.

PNF (or proprioceptive muscular facilitation) is one of the most effective forms of flexibility for increasing range of motion.
PNF techniques can be both passive (no associated muscular contraction) or active (voluntary muscle contraction). While there are several variations of PNF stretching, they all have one thing in common – they facilitate muscular inhibition educated stretches. Often the isometric contraction is referred to as ‘hold’ and the concentric muscle contraction is referred to as ‘contract.  Each technique, although slightly different, involves starting with a passive stretch held for about 10-12 seconds.
1. PNF stretching is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.
2. If PNF stretching is to be performed as a separate exercise session, a thorough warm up consisting of 5-10 minutes of light aerobic exercise and some dynamic stretches must precede it.
3. Avoid PNF immediately before, or on the morning of competition

Stretching and massage therapy as well as other therapies don’t cure you over night. Integrating massage therapy and stretching into your lifestyle as a neccessity rather than a luxury is the start to an inner body love affair.

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