Reciprocal Inhibition reflex: This is the key to efficient strengthening of the body, particularly when you want to establish a new motor pattern, and in stretching it is ‘free’ flexibility, once you know how to use it.
Post-contraction Inhibition reflex: Once in a position where the stretching sensation is being experienced, an isometric contraction is done for a period. This is stopped, and a full breath taken. The re-stretch is performed during the period of the breath out. New range of movement is the result.
Apprehension reflex: this term refers to the projection of, or anticipation of, the discomfort of going deeper into any stretch or ordinary movement. People in pain experience this more acutely; apprehension is the major limiter of returning to any former range of movement. Defeating the natural self-protection mechanism that this term denotes will change your experience of working with your body forever.
Stretch therapy is a system that begins with simple movements progressing to more complex movements. Partial poses or movements develop into more dynamic and extended positions. Our day to day lives tend to set up a pattern of limited ranges of movement, which can lead to shortening or a feeling of stuckness in the body. The aim of stretch therapy is to release built up tension, manage pain and increase the range of movement in the body – a sense of feeling more open or taller, or having more space in the body, is often the way people describe how they feel after a stretch class.
We use of a number of core techniques from the original “PNF” manual including Contract–Relax, and a number of new techniques that have emerged over the last ten years, including pulsing, long-holds, micro-movements, directed breathing, and more