The Benefits of Flexibility

When people think of flexibility they instantly think of gymnastics and being able to do the front splits. However, flexibility is much more than this; it affects how we get out of bed in the morning, how we walk and our overall posture. Inadequate flexibility can affect your athletic performance from reaching your full potential and the power and strength of a muscle.

Improving on your flexibility also helps to decrease your risk of injury as when your muscles are flexible you are less likely to become injured during physical activity. When your joints and muscles are flexible you use less energy while in motion which therefore improves your overall performance. If one body part has too little mobility, then another body part has to take up all the work and can become damaged or over-fatigued.

What happens when you stretch:
When you stretch your muscles lengthen to a certain percentage which is called sarcomere give. The telescoping fibres in your muscles slide apart until they are caught by the signals from the nerves and from the limits placed from the connective tissue surrounding the muscle fibres. This is why when you stretch the muscle fibre is pulled to its full-length sarcomere by sarcomere which then makes the connective tissue take up the remaining slack. When this happens, it helps to realign disorganised fibres in the direction of the tension. This realignment helps to rehabilitate scarred tissue back to health. When a muscle is stretched, some of its fibres lengthen, but other fibres may remain at rest.

The benefits of flexibility training:
• Increases joint range of movement.
• Improves posture
• Can help to reduce risk of injury
• Helps to prepare you for exercise
• Can help to lessen the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness
• Increases blood flow
• Reduce stress
• Can help to decrease joint stiffness and chronic pain
• Creates better lines in performance/dance
• Stretching as part of a balanced exercise routine can play a role in maintain bone density.

What is on offer:
In our session we will work on your flexibility of a particular area of your body or can work on a full body stretch experience through isometric stretching, dynamic stretching, partner stretching and active flexibility. This will include some classic reformer Pilates stretches along with matt based stretches and a variety of new exciting stretches that you may not have experienced before. After your session I guarantee that you will instantly feel amazing and taller as we would have released your endorphins which makes you happy.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Amy Gray
Personal Trainer & Reformer Pilates Instructor
07825 719 786

All services are provided by instructors on a self-employed basis.

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