As recently as 10 years ago, when I did my STOTT PILATES training, research studies on the benefits of “stretching” looked something like this: no consistent positive impact when stretching before a workout, no consistent positive impact when stretching after a workout.
So stretching was kinda like flossing…yeah, you “should” do it, but it’s not even clear why/when/how. So I noticed that it was definitely the thing my clients omitted from their workouts when pressed for time (like today, and tomorrow, and the day after)….
And then, along came fascia.
Fascia is essentially the Elmer’s Glue that’s holding your body in place. Like glue, it’s gooey and moves around. But if you accidentally leave your wet Elmer Glue-d craft unattended overnight by the kindergarten coat rack, it starts to dry out and the macaroni pieces get bonded to the paper forever.
We need to keep the glue sticky, kids.
And stretching your fascia is the way to keep your body’s glue moving. Research verifies that fascial stretching is effective at the positive impact we were not able to find in research studies in the 1990s.
So what’s a “fascial stretch?” There are multiple ways to keep your fascia supple, but my favorite is the discipline I teach and practise: yin…
These long stretches make an impact I’ve never seen (in myself or in clients) in a decade of clinical practice. Just one warning: these “stretches” may not look or feel the same as the stretches you learned in Junior High PE.
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