Benefits of Assisted Stretching

10 Benefits of Assisted Stretching

The Benefits of Assisted Stretching ​

The general public is learning that assisted stretching is useful and is increasingly seeking it out. As a result, studios with names like Dynamic Body Stretching and Body Therapy Spa are opening in the United States. This is a relatively new phenomenon.

Benefits of Assisted Stretching


One of the things we all know we need to do more of is stretching, but let’s face it,most of us are not willing to do it!  But that’s ok because there are people who are trained to do it for you!

So why assisted stretch? Is this the best way to deal with that pain and stiffness and how to lower your stress levels?

It might be a little stretchy for both your muscles and your imagination, but research shows that assisted stretching has many health benefits, and you should definitely take advantage of them!

Do you live in St. Petersburg, FL? You are lucky. Travel with us as we discover the 10 amazing benefits of Stretch assistance with Body Therapy Spa.

1. Relieves muscle tension

Many of us find it difficult to relax, unwind, and relax our minds and muscles.

A supplemental stretching routine may be necessary if you are exhausted from a long work day or daily activities.

Your qualified Body Therapy Spa St. Petersburg, FL stretch therapist or Stretchologist will work with you to solve these problems painlessly. A few sessions a month are enough to radically reduce muscle tension.

2. Reduces the signs of Cellulite

Yes, you heard me correctly! Do you have pocky skin, or uneven skin? Stretching the fascia can help diminish the signs of cellulite. 

Cellulite is sticky fascia. What is fascia? It is a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches to, stabilizes, encloses and separates muscles and other internal organs. 

When this connective tissue gets dehydrated it gets sticky and sticks to skin, tissue and anything it can adhere too, hens the restriction in movement in joints and tissue. As we age the fascia gets more dehydrated so stretching is key to your physical longevity.

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3. Helps correct muscle imbalances

Muscle imbalances can occur when a muscle is too tight from over use or lack of use. For example -a person sitting at a desk for years and years,(lack of use) at some point certain muscles will start to shorten (mainly hip flexors) and some will start to lengthen and weaken (mainly lower back- erectors) to accommodate this position.

The body adapt to whatever position it is forced into for long periods of time. With the body allowing this to happensome joints start to get pulled into one direction causing an imbalanceand restricting full range  of movement within certain areas and joints.When this happens, it is the beginning stages of body and or joint pain, the next phase is injury. Consistent targeted stretching helps guide the body back to its original state.

4. Flushes toxins from the body

If you work out you get lactic acid build up in your muscles, leaving it in there is not so good for the health of the muscles. It needsto be flushed out from time to time. If it’s not flushed outit can cause adhesions and fat pockets in the tissue in turnnot allowing the muscles to grow and recover faster. When muscles are stretched it pushes new blood into the tissue allowing the old blood to be flushed out along with toxins. Getting stretched or stretching yourself after a workout is the best thing you can do for a faster recovery. Stretching the muscle group, you just worked out hydrates the tissue so it can grow faster and healthier.


5. Creates youth within the body

Being flexible represents physical longevity! If you are stiff and in pain, your body represents an aging body. If you are fluid in movement with no pain, your body is representing youth. I have seen children that are stiff and have major muscle imbalances and I have seen elderly with full range of motion in their body and fluid in movement. Body age does not have anything to do with your numbered age, it has everything to do with your how your body reacts during movement.


6. Reduce stress

When your muscles are relaxed, you can relax more easily.

In addition to stretching, you learn to breathe deeply. It also helps reduce stress levels and increase your overall well-being.


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7. Be more flexible

Whether you want to increase your flexibility to improve your physical abilities or you just want to enjoy a more comfortable life, targeted stretching exercises are the way forward.

When we reach the limit of movement, our body sends a signal. Stretching exercises help reprogram these signals with a technique called allergic neuromuscular facilitation (PNF). A style where you hold the stretch, press into the stretch and release while the therapist is able to stretch the client deeper safely.

The result is that you’re able to safely extend your muscles further before your body yells, ‘Stop!’

8. Improve athletic performance

All athletes look for techniques that can give them an advantage.

For most athletes, whether professional or amateur, recovery time and injury prevention are high on the list of concerns. Targeting stretching is the best way to prevent injury when being an athlete. If you are restricted in any area this can affect your performance of being the best you can be in a particular sport or repetitive movement.

If you have muscle spasms or other pain, it can almost be impossible to do the necessary stretches yourself.Its best to use an experienced stretcher to target the right muscle groups to prepare you for your sport a head of time.

Assisted Stretch reduces post-exercise pain, shortens recovery time, and protects you from injury. Assisted stretching is also very safe, as the client is lying flat with their spine erect and supported. Self-stretching can be prone to injury because most do not know correct form and many injure themselves reaching and flexing their already stiff lower back trying to get into a self-stretch position. You will never have that flexed lower back lying flat on a massage table.

9. Improved Range of Motion

You may have noticed your lack ofmovement in your joints as you age — how far you can comfortably stretch them — and has it decreased over time? Whilehaving a trained stretch therapist stretch you allows your body to be put in positions that you cannot do on your own. The phrase if you don’t use it you lose it, this is exceptionally true with joint movement. Your body starts to forget it can move that way and the longer you don’t move in that way the tighter and more restrictive it becomes, and the harder it is to get that movement back.

If you’ve had surgery or an injury, you can try to regain the range of motion you previously had in the affected joint. Although everyone is different, assisted stretching can often help you gain a greater range of motion faster than you ever thought possible after an injury.

Assisted stretching, performed by a fully trained stretcher, is the safest and the most effective way to improve joint health and restore flexibility without the need for surgery.

10. Prevents falls

One of the top reasons why elderly people fall is a lack of mobility in hips and ankles. So many broken hips and injuries happen to elderly people that possibly could be avoided if they got stretched at least once a week! So, if you love your mom and or dad and they are prone to falling, this might be a great time to get them on an assisted stretch program. They just lie back and enjoy while a trained stretch therapist slowly stretches each muscle group within their comfort zone.

Tip: Why a Stretch Therapist or an Assisted Yoga expert?

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Loretta McGrath is an entrepreneur specializing in healthcare and wellness with over 22 years of experience. She has designed and created multiple health IT software systems focusing on range of motion, assisted stretching, and body assessments. She also designed and created an assisted stretching technique called Dynamic Body Stretching (DBS).
She has authored Body Alignment for Life, a book that teaches self-applied range of motion and body mechanic assessments to help find the root cause of body pain.
She is the owner of Body Therapy Spa, a spa that offers a variety of holistic modalities that are tailored to each individual and their ailments

Assisted stretching is great for your body, but does it help you stretch yourself? Assisted stretching takes these benefits to the next level.

Depending on how often you get stretched, you can expect lower stress levels, more flexibility, less injures, less falls and even more exercise benefits.

What are you looking for? Ask a stretching specialist if stretch therapy is right for you!

Book now to schedule a session with a Stretch Therapist in St. Petersburg, Florida.



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