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54 | Functional Stretching & Why It’s Important

Today I am going to discuss stretching! I’ll be talking about why stretching is so important, and I share my physical therapist hacks for stretching as well. This episode is for everyone from the runner, to the yogi, and all other active and non-active realms.

What is stretching? What are the misconceptions?

Stretching is helping your body get longer, more free, and to reduce muscular tension. There are so many different things that people think of when they hear “stretch”– that it will make them stronger, give them deeper ranges in yoga, and so on.

What are the benefits of stretching?

Stretching improves flexibility, when we stretch well. This could lead to improving our range of motion, which leads to a decrease risk of harming or injuring other joints. Stretching also enables the muscles to work more effectively.

Why is core strength important?

Core strength is going to help provide better protection for your lower back, while giving more strength and power in your legs, and more stability throughout your entire trunk. This will also improve your posture, which has an extremely positive ripple effect throughout your entire body.

When you look at your own practice, or classes you teach and/or take, ask yourself:
  • Am I changing the way I’m feeling in my life?
  • Am I feeling less pull in my low back?
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