This is a question that not all do, but should know if you are going to stretch to help your body.
No need extreme flexibility: that’s an exaggeration!
I recommend you read this article before you read the headline: “Are you sure you need to stretch?”
Once you’ve read this other article about the importance of balance, the primary question is: what do I feel?
Here is a guide to stretching I hopefully help you a lot:
1) There are certain places where you should not feel a stretch.
The most important places that should not feel a stretch:
- In the knees or elbows.
- In ileosacral region.
- In hamstring tendons
In general, you should seek the stretch in what is known as “the belly of the muscle.” That means in the heart muscle, and not near the bones because that would stretch the tendons, which have very little chance of stretching.
2) Differentiate pain and stretching.
The sensation of stretching is not always comfortable, but it should not be painful. When it becomes painful, then your body is protected, and muscles will contract instead of relaxing (which is what you want!).
If you stretch when you talk about pain instead of feeling uncomfortable sometimes stretching, you’re confusing two sensations that you should distinguish as separate.
3) Find the maximum comfortable.
If you want to overstretch, you are at risk of harm. But completely avoid the uncomfortable feeling of stretching I mentioned in point 2 will not get you anywhere. If you imagine a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being a stretch that is barely felt, and 10 being a stretch bordering on torture, you should search about No. 7.
If you stay in the stretch for several slow breaths on a number 7, the body will be giving and you will feel the intensity drops to number 5. That gives you a little more room to go deeper, reaching number seven again . This form of stretching will ensure a path that is much more relaxing, enjoyable and secure.
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