Stretching studios: Do you need what they offer?
Specialty fitness studios and boutiques offer a variety of exercise options, including kickboxing, indoor cycling, strength training, and more. Yoga and Pilates are popular choices that will not leave you breathless and sweaty. They emphasize flexibility and measured movements. A new trend is emerging: studios focusing solely on stretching. What do these studios offer, and how will this benefit you?
What services does Stretch Studios offer?
StretchLab, StretchMed, and LYMBYR are among the studios that offer assisted stretching, one-on-one or in small groups. Benefits range from the reasonable goal of increasing range of motion and flexibility to more questionable claims, such as preventing injury and eliminating chronic pain.
Stretching is important for maintaining a range of motion, especially if you are involved in sports like gymnastics or dance, which require flexibility. Dr. Adam Tenforde is a sports medicine physician and associate professor at Harvard Medical School.
If you are looking to improve your overall health, there is little evidence that stretching can help. This is especially true when compared with all the research supporting the benefits associated with regular, moderate exercise.
Dr. Tenforde says that contrary to popular belief, stretching does not prevent injuries. Dr. Tenforde says that if you already have an injury, such as a joint or muscle sprain, pushing it aggressively could make it worse.
Although “stretch therapy” and “flexology” in stretching studios might have certifications and training, they are not likely to be qualified to identify and treat health-related causes of pain or stiffness. You’re better off seeing a physical therapist if you have had or are currently suffering from a musculoskeletal problem. They will be able to provide you with the best treatment.
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Feeling stiff and tight?
Try a yoga class if you are not injured but feel stiff and tight. It can help you improve your balance, relax, and reduce stress. Consider tai-chi, which is a gentle meditative exercise that helps lower blood pressure. It also improves balance. You can also get a massage.
Dr. Tenforde suggests that if you choose to use assisted stretching in a studio, you should listen to your body and communicate with the therapist.
He says that you will do better for your health if you spend the time walking or doing some other form of exercise. The federal guidelines on physical activity recommend 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week and muscle-strengthening activities twice weekly. Tenforde says that doctors are more concerned with diseases caused by inactivity than diseases of inflexibility.
Stretching at home is easy!
Three simple morning exercises – an A C routine of arm sweeps and back bends as well as chair pose – can ease morning stiffness. It is also useful during the day, if you are spending too much time sitting.
Stretching at your home can save you time and money. You can make the most of your morning stretching routines or other flexibility exercises by following these tips.
- Stretch your muscles when they are warm.
- Do not feel any pain. Only stretch to the point where you feel mild tension.
- Good posture is important whether you are sitting, standing, or moving. The photos of stretches only tell part of the story. Read the instructions carefully to ensure you get your form right.
- Concentrate on the muscle that is being stretched. You may have a tighter side than the other. Over time, work on balancing it.
- Breathe. Do not hold your breath when stretching.
- Stretch as often as you can. The best way to increase your flexibility is to stretch as much as possible. Try to pull at least two or three days a week.