Episode 004 – Stretching part 1

Episode 004I am super excited to bring you this double episode jam packed with a bunch of stretch related research, insights and home play! This topic actually goes over two podcasts because once I got my head into it I realized to properly do it justice and to truly give you all an accurate, thought provoking and practical discussion I needed more that my normal 20mins! So in part 1 we will discuss mostly why our current framework for understanding stretching is flawed, so that in part 2 we can come back with a new frame work and get into the nuts and bolts of what and why are we stretching as well as some homeplay for you all to practice and play around with in your own body or in the bodies of your patients!

In This Episode You Will Learn: 

Types of bodies. Now I know I just said every body is different and there is no such thing as prescriptions but to a certain extent we can use loose groupings of people who show similar features to better lead our clinical reasoning as we assess the body that’s in front of us. Bodies fall into one of three categories;

  1. Generally Stiff: these bodies have very little range of motion at any joint in the body. They globally feel tight and no matter how much they hold a stretch often they experience very little prolonged benefit.

  2. Generally Floppy: these bodies have a large ROM at almost every joint in the body. They often feels as if they don’t need to stretch and in fact if they do stretch often find they don’t feel much tension or stretch despite seemingly moving into quiet deep range.

  3. Mix: so as I said not everyone fits into these two perfect boxes, some people have particular areas which have limited range of motion and other areas with seemingly excessive ranges of motion. Meaning they have a mix of stiff and floppy segments throughout their body.


Dr Steven Levin

Tom Meyrs

Home Play

You will have to wait for part 2 for this!

Thank you for listening to episode 002 of the Move Beautiful Podcast, I loved bringing all these insights and valuable pieces of information to you and I hope you have found them as valuable as I have and are now breathing easy!

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About the author: Lana Johnson

Lana, a Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor with 20 years’ experience in the dance and movement world, is driven by the overwhelming desire to help empower individuals to change their total health through efficient movement. She graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and went on to gain her Diploma in Professional Pilates in Studio/Rehab with Polestar Pilates and has since studied and now practices the ConnectTherapy (previously known as the Integrated Systems Model) assisting LJ Lee on her Thoracic and Pelvis courses.

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