[For Jill’s how and why on stretching, read the first half of this article here.]
Stretching, Phase 3: There’s more than one way to stretch!
The good news is that there are a multitude of ways to stretch those muscles and fascias. Stretching can be a fun and variety-filled activity. No really, it’s fun!
Here is a “menu” of different ways to stretch your body — some familiar and some novel approaches, but all very good for your tight tissues.
1. Static stretching is still and statue-like, like you would do in yoga.
2. Dynamic stretching involves continuous motion.
3. With passive stretching, someone else stretches you. Hooray! Activities such as Thai massage are a form of stretching.
4. Self-massage using balls eradicates tightness quickly by providing a “mini-stretch” that pinpoints specific knots, or trigger points, within the muscles and can provide a deep penetrating stretch into hard-to-reach places. Often called yoga balls or therapy balls, these are portable “stretchers” that can be used anywhere, anytime — even at your desk! (See video clip below or the 10 Minute Quick Fix for Hips for some IT band YTU Therapy Ball work)
5. Foam rollers are another great method of stretching the larger muscles of the body.
6. Stretching can be aided by using strong elastic bands to create traction and joint movement.
More stretching tips to follow on Friday!
Check out our solutions for Tight hamstrings or IT Bands.
Learn about our Therapy Ball Programs.
[Reprinted with permission from Gaiam Life.]