Stretch Happy

Stretch Happy

Relax. Release. Recuperate.

Stretch Happy improves flexibility and decreases stress through a blend of Active Isolated Stretching, Eden Energy Medicine, yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong.

While we love yoga, not everybody is comfortable with attempting to become a human pretzel, chanting “om,” or bowing to their teacher and saying “Namaste.”

The 60-minute class features a variety of fun, safe, and effective stretches for the chest, shoulders, abs, back, quads, calves, hamstrings, glutes, and hips.

Special attention is paid to proper alignment and technique. The pace of the class is leisurely. You’ll have ample time to learn each stretch along with various adjustments without feeling rushed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Class begins with a few energizing movements to ensure students are alert. Next students will perform a series of active and passive stretches beginning with the upper body and progressing to the lower body. The class concludes with a guided meditation.

An active stretch is accomplished without any help from a partner or tool (e.g., stretch strap) whereas a passive stretch—which typically involves a greater range of motion—is accomplished with assistance of some type. The goal is to close the gap between one’s active and passive range of motion at each joint.

It depends on the nature of your injury. To be safe, please check with your physician or physical therapist.
I hope you’ll leave each class feeling more relaxed, less stressed, better aligned, and having some sense of what you need to do on your own to increase or maintain your flexibility.
That depends on which muscle you’re stretching, which technique you’re using, and the flexibility or lack thereof of the muscle you’re attempting to stretch. In general I like to have my students hold stretches for at least 30 seconds.
Prior to activity we utilize dynamic stretching and mobility drills to help prepare the individual for the movements they’re about to perform, whereas after activity we use active and passive stretching to help keep the muscles limber.
Absolutely. They complement rather than conflict with each other.
There’s no point to stretching simply for the sake of stretching. Your goal is to have sufficient flexibility to safely perform the activities you enjoy as well as the ones required by your occupation and life situation. Not everybody needs to kick as high as a Rockette or do a Russian split. And if you have flexibility without stability, you’re asking for trouble. You need to be strong as well as flexible.

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