Explore new open Length – without “Stretching” or Strain

Explore new open Length – without “Stretching” or Strain

Last time we looked at one good question, eh:  What is the biological purpose of tightness, and why does some tightness stick around for soooo long and sooooo persistently??

Today, a related good question:  why does “stretching” often not work very well (or feel good!), or last very long??   Hint:  the answer to this is closely related to last time’s info 🙂

(And you’re getting this from me as a certified fitness leader since 1982, and a BCRPA Trainer of Fitness Leaders since the 1990’s… )

The fact is:  “stretching” in that traditional way of doing it (i.e. assuming a position just past your comfort range and then holding it or even pushing into it a bit) often works against your body’s built-in mechanisms designed to keep you safe.

And when that happens, your body will actually fight back, taking action to shorten up and get you back into what your nervous system experiences as “normal” and therefore what your body knows as safe.

(After all, if you are reading this, you are clearly alive – and that’s a pretty darn good indicator of “well, at least I know this works good enough!” as far as your nervous system is concerned!)

There is a different way to explore and find length for your body, eh – a way that works WITH your body, rather than AGAINST it.  A way that feels good – and works.  A way that has nothing to do with “no pain, no gain”.   🙂    Woohoooooo!

Want some of that??  Check out this video to find out more:


Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions – I love hearing from you, and would be happy to chat more about any of this stuff.

Happy exploring!


About the Author:

Violet van Hees is a movement freedom specialist who works with people (and with horses) to release tightness and pain, and to transform body "stuckness" into something that you can work with. We then use what emerges to create new freedom and ease in your movement and in what you do, in ways that feel safe and reasonable - and that work - for you. Violet is a Feldenkrais® Practitioner, a Tellington TTouch® Equine Practitioner, and a BCRPA Trainer of Fitness Leaders. She works with a deep interest in and understanding of biomechanics, neuroplasticity, body response to trauma, energy work, and how we learn.

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