Stretching is one of the most important things we can do for our body. You might think that stretching is just for runners, gymnasts, and professional athletes, but movement is a vital part of physical health.
Your body needs to move. We aren’t designed to sit still all day, in an unnatural position, so it is hardly surprising that we end the working day stiff, sore, and aching. Regular stretching can help iron out the kinks and keep your muscles and joints flexible and strong.
A good stretching routine brings with it a whole host of benefits. So let’s take a look at what stretching can offer you and why you should make it a part of your daily life.
When we are stressed, our muscles respond. Both physical and emotional stress can result in tightness and soreness in our body, and relieving this can go a long way towards helping reduce the stress itself. Stretching helps you relax, and loosens up tense muscles, making it easier to feel calmer in mind and body.
All too often, pain and stiffness in our bodies is caused by poor posture. Most of us don’t sit properly, lift properly, or even sleep properly, so addressing our posture gently and naturally is super important. Regular stretching is a great way to do this. It encourages better spinal alignment, reduces the symptoms of bad posture, and eases the strain on your body, all at the same time.
For some of us, being able to touch our toes might seem like an impossible dream! But regular stretching can help you increase your range of movement enormously. Spending just 10 to 20 seconds light stretching every day is enough to get your muscles and joints moving, and have a noticeable impact on flexibility.
Stretching after exercise helps improve blood flow to your muscles, making recovery faster and more effective. A quick post-workout stretch allows you to get more benefits from the exercise itself, improving your strength along with your flexibility. It’s worth noting that stretching is a great way to improve your core strength too, which will improve your balance and control when engaging with many everyday activities.
You don’t need to go full yoga if you want to achieve a dose of inner peace from your stretches. Stretching offers a perfect opportunity to take stock of your body, concentrate on your breathing and the little aches and pains that you feel, and be a little more mindful. The simple act of taking time out of your daily life to do something just for you is a great way to add tranquility and calm to your routine. For this reason, a stretching session with a professional sports therapist is an excellent way to relax the body and calm the mind.
Stretching is a simple exercise that everyone can (and should!) do. It helps you to relax and be calm, all while improving your athletic performance AND making day-to-day activities that little bit easier.
If you aren’t sure where to begin, Healing Kneads offers great, short stretching sessions to help you get started. Get in touch today and we’ll be delighted to help!
Healing Kneads Massage
At Healing Kneads, we have an incredible new therapist, Thomas Allman, who specializes in sports massage. He has a passion for health and healing and has a wonderful massage style that combines Eastern and Western modalities, thanks to his experience as a certified yoga teacher.
Thomas is committed to making every client experience fantastic, going the extra mile to make our clients feel comfortable during every therapy session. As he puts it: ‘massage isn’t something I do to someone, it is something I do with someone.’
We look forward to seeing you soon!