First of all let us take a look at what Moving Stretch actually is – Moving Stretch is a form of resistance stretching which is unique, differing from other stretching techniques, as we concentrate on the actual movement of the stretch while engaging the muscle throughout the whole range of motion. By resisting against the stretch we are not only engaging the muscle, we are also engaging the fascia. Fascia is the dense connective tissue that runs throughout our body making us the shape in which we are. Ideally the fibres in the fascia should be aligned but these fibres can become entwined resulting in adhesion’s which can be uncomfortable restricting our movement. When we stretch the fascia we are realigning these fibres, which is effectively spring cleaning the fascia to bring it back to its natural organic state. The fascia also stores past memories, emotions, injuries, and toxins which can be released by stretching, which enables us to move forward rather than holding on to past traumas to bring us back in to balance. We also produce more collagen by stretching the fascia, meaning that this can be a natural, healthy way to detox our system.
All in all, this revolutionary stretching technique can result in improved posture leaving us feeling taller, more confident, enhance our mobility, provide more strength as well as flexibility, increase muscle performance, create freedom of movement and have anti-aging benefits. Studies also show that stretching releases mood boosting endorphins, so not only can a stretching session improve our posture and provide more freedom in how we need to move our bodies, we can also feel better with a noticeable improvement in mood as well.
You can either stretch yourself or be stretched by a trainer. In a 1-2-1 session, you will typically have a walking massage to warm up the tissue and prepare the fascia for stretching. You will then perform a set of standardised movements, usually with your arms or legs under the close guidance of the trainer, while they slow these movements down to strengthen you in the areas that you are weakest, then push against the direction in which you are moving to stretch you.
In a group self-stretching session you will be led through a series of stretches while you actively engage your muscle throughout the full movement. These classes are a great way to take part in resistance stretching in a friendly, welcoming, social environment. Whether you are an athlete looking to improve performance, or simply seeking to reclaim your health with pain-free movement, these sessions are open to everyone of all abilities and ages.
Studio iO is currently the only studio in Brighton that is offering group Moving Stretch sessions, these take place every fortnight, on a Saturday, 10:30-11:30.
If you have not heard of Moving Stretch and are wondering why, then this is probably due to the fact this is a new concept and system which is just hitting the mainstream right now. Suzanne Wylde, the creator of the Moving Stretch system, has been featured in the national press on numerous occasions and will be doing so more in the coming months with the release of her new book imminent – ‘Moving Stretch: Stretch Your Fascia To Free Your Body’. The book is available for pre-order now and will be released on the 31st March, there is also a launch party taking place on 23rd March at triyoga Camden, 16:00-17:30. This will include a light stretching session, a Q&A with Suzanne, some healthy snacks provided by Thrives Atoms, and a chance to buy signed copies of the book, entry is £5 per person (with all proceeds going to the Teddy Foundation) and can be booked on the link below:
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