Benefits of Stretching

Everyone says you should stretch before you exercise, and they are right.  But you want to be Dynamic Stretching – you want to be moving to warm up a muscle group like pumping your legs or arms and going through a full range of motion.  What you don’t hear is about stretching after your exercise; that is called Static Stretching.  You want to be in a position such as a hip flexor lunge, a piriformis cross-leg or a Cat-cow and hold that position for 20-60 seconds. This kind of stretching increases blood flow to reduce muscle stiffness and soreness after a workout. Massage therapists know the benefits of Static Stretching and is just one of the many techniques we use in our Recovery massage.