This series will be discussing various stretching techniques. Having an understanding of these various types are also one of the three legs in the “Tripod of Exercise” and in Connective Tissue Molding (CTM).
Let’s start with the most important one that is the crucial for CTM; static stretching. Traditionally, there are two versions of this. One is to stretch the muscle without assistance which is called passive stretching (See the photo above. More information about this stretch can be found in my September 2014, Table Talk Times). The other is to have someone place more stress to the muscle without creating too much pain. There might just be little bit of pain, but nothing much at all and certainly within reason.
Typically, the stretches are to be maintained for 15-60 seconds and do several sessions of the movement. This is a great way to gain muscle flexibility, but studies show that it tends to generate a bit of temporary weakness. Not a good thing if shortly after stretching you’re demanding a heavy load of the muscle groups. The best time is post exercise because the tissues are already warm and receptive to traction type fores. You’ll gain more range of motion post exercise.
The difference with static stretching with CTM is that a very deliberate effort is made at paying attention to letting the muscle completely relax. There are different ways and focus points used to get to this relaxation that we go over in the classes held in the office and newly developing online class. Check it out and see.