Stretching for Fitness’ practice is based on a comprehensive system known as Stretch Therapy, developed by Australian former Olympic lifter and middle distance runner Kit Laughlin. The system includes stretching, fascial remodelling, strengthening, neural re-patterning, and relaxation. The goals are grace and ease. This is experienced as enhanced awareness and elegance in movement.
Stretch Therapy is practised by thousands of people worldwide, and is suitable for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. It provides a programme of deep stretching that builds flexibility and improves posture. Whether you want to boost your performance in a sport, speed recovery from an injury, seek stress relief, or just improve your all round flexibility and protect your health for the future, you can find benefit in Stretching for Fitness programmes.
Stretch Therapy comprises the following main elements:
- Stretching We use a number of techniques to improve the Range of Movement (ROM) of the body; nerves, fascia and muscles are used as ‘gateways’ to change the brain.
- Re-patterning Inactive muscles are made active; knees, shoulders, and elbows are stabilised; posture and alignment are made more efficient.
- Strengthening The capacity of the whole body to exert force is the emphasis here; most of our techniques are body-weight only, and all involve the ‘core’.
- Relaxation The forgotten part of any health optimisation program. Here, ‘relaxation’ is used in two ways: the first as a shorthand for techniques that enhance speed (any force-producing agonist needs its antagonist to relax equally quickly so that a limb, or a whole body, can move faster), and the second sense, the fundamental part of rejuvenation and regeneration practises.
You can find out more about Kit Laughlin and Stretch Therapy here