Kitchener Massage Therapy

General Guidelines for Stretching

Stretching your muscles can be very benificial and a great way to incurage the results your massage therapist worked so hard for. But you need to be careful not to injure yourself while stretching.

Follow these 5 principles of stretching to reduce the risks of injury.

  • Stretch only to the point where you feel tightness or resistance to the stretch or perhaps some discomfort. Stretching should never be painful.
  • Always stretch slowly and with control.
  • Hold stretches for at least 30 seconds, and repeat each stretch 3 times.
  • Be sure to breathe normally during a stretch. Do not hold your breath.
  • Be sure to warm your muscles before stretching. You can warm your muscles by exercising lightly, by taking a warm bath or shower, or by applying heat.