Implementing a daily stretching ritual into your routine can greatly improve your physical and mental well-being. Though the importance of it goes far beyond our list, we’ve compiled some of our top reasons of how stretching can benefit your body and mind.
- STRESS RELIEF
The upper back, neck and shoulders are areas of the body where stress can physically manifest. These spots can become strained and tighten in response to physical and emotional stressors. Taking the time to stretch gives one the opportunity to acknowledge where tension has built, become aware of how stress appears and take the time to relieve the body of this tension.
- INCREASE BLOOD FLOW TO MUSCLES
Regularly stretching increases the blood flow to muscles, which can result in less muscle soreness and quicker recovery. Healthy blood flow aids the body to better circulate oxygen and nutrients, while removing carbon dioxide and other waste products.
- TAKE A MENTAL BREAK
Allocating a small amount of time every day to focus on doing something positive for your body can be a fantastic mental break and an uplifting action. Practicing mindfulness while stretching can help one to regroup, recoup and regain perspective on anything from our daily tasks to a big life event. Focusing on the breath and incorporating meditation exercises into your time stretching transforms your practice from a routine into a ritual.
- INCREASE FLEXIBILITY AND RANGE OF MOTION
Stretching leads to an increased range of motion and a greater level of flexibility, both of which are beneficial in everyday life. To combat a decrease in mobility that comes with aging, it is important to keep the body agile with a daily stretching ritual.
For elevated results, seek massage therapy for manual stretching, a technique that allows a muscle or group of muscles to increase their mobility and flexibility. Massage therapists are able to isolate particular areas of the body, resulting in deep and intentional stretching.
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