Now THAT's a stretch
Last Wednesday, I went to my $0 cost stretching consultation session at Stretch Zone at its Union Square location. I would like to share my experience.
I first found out about via an advertisement on social media. Wanting to connect and collaborate with more people and to get some work done on my body I decided to give it a shot.
My 1-hour session was scheduled for 11 AM and I got there just before that time.
The location itself was very easy to find.
After taking the elevator up, there was a nice, clean welcoming area with some calming music.
I then had a relatively quick intake session with my stretcher; I expected the health-medical questions they asked. I then had my 20 minute introductory stretch-assisted session. He stretched out various muscles on my back, shoulders, and hips while getting feedback from me about the intensity of the stretch 3/10, 5/10, 7/10. I think he had a slightly harder time with me because I am hyperflexible in certain areas. At one point we could not get my hip abductors stretched out without putting a lot of pressure on my knees so we could not really do that one well.
I don't really know much about their Stretch zone Method or how they train their stretchers but I can say
1) It is probably safe for most people. If you are interested in trying it the most important thing to know is to be specific in telling them whether something is uncomfortable or not so they can adjust their intensity and technique.
2) Those would any musculoskeletal conditions or hypermobility should ask their physician first whether this would be good for them or not.
3) Is it better than stretching on your own? Yes and no. Yes because they can get a deeper stretch than you can get on your own (in general) AND it's less effort since someone else is doing it. No because it is possible they may go more intensely than you would really like and cause an injury; again it's important to give accurate, timely feedback.
4) Will it be helpful for my patients who get Osteopathic Manipulation, Acupuncture, and guided breathwork-movement? It depends. It's really person-specific. It's definitely NOT a replacement for seeing me and getting Osteopathy to recalibrate and rejuvenate your body-mind-spirit.
After my session I was offered different packages and offers to get future sessions and I signed up for some more so I could experience it again before making a more definitive conclusion.
Depending on my future experience with them I may decide to collaborate with them, so stay tuned.
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