Like most humans, I hate stretching. I’ve got no problem setting my alarm for 6am and throwing myself on the ground aka doing burpees until I’m a little sick in my mouth, but lay on the floor and stretch after it? You’ve got to be kidding.
Yeah sure, I know it could probably help with that niggling ankle pain, and yep, it will likely take my squatting to the next level. While I know the benefits, why waste time when there’s a day that needs starting?
I know I’m not alone here, because now if you find flexibility moves as monotonous as me, you can get someone else to do it for you.
Enter Stretch Studio, a space where you can outsource static stretching to a trained flexologist (professional assisted stretcher) from $39 for 20 minutes.
How it works? Lay on a wooden platform with a cushioned top, kind of like a massage table, and the flexologist “exerts gentle force upon the limb to move it into a new position, holding it for a specific amount of time in order to lengthen and stretch the muscle fibre and tissue” explains the website.
In other words, they manoeuvre you into positions that you’ve been avoiding.
“This helps to create alignment in the muscle and body and contributes to improving flexibility, increased muscle control and an expanded range of motion.”
Let’s be honest, flexibility is probably the most overlooked pillar of fitness, which is sad really, because there are a gazillion benefits.
Think better. Like better range of motion, mobility and flexibility, physical and athletic skills, muscle relaxation, and blood flow to your muscles.
Then there’s the relief from stiffness, decreased risk of injury, and stress reduction that comes from breathing through it.
Celebs are into it, too. Paleo Pete Evans had the one-on-one treatment.
Meanwhile, former Bachie and all round super mobile man Tim Robards posted a video on his Instagram this week, writing “I’ve made active stretching an integral part of all your TRM workouts but the passive stretching they do at @stretch_studios is on another level. It really calms the nervous system with the aid of conscious breathing… floated out of there!”
So, like your cleaning, grocery shopping and even fake tanning, you can now outsource your stretching, too.
Dancer Amrita Hepi takes you through a stretching routine you can do in the office