The 4 main benefits of stretching:

1.  Stretching helps you keep your full range of movement

By stretching regularly your muscles stay flexible and limber, allowing you to have full range of movement through your joints.

2. Stretching regularly keeps your nerves happy

Stretching loosens the muscles which allows your nerves to glide more easily through them. This helps prevent and relieve symptoms such as sciatica. 

3. Stretching helps you connect to your body

A good stretch helps to calm you down and focus on how your body feels and what it needs.

4. Stretching makes you feel good and helps you relax

When you stretch you should do it gently for the sake of both your body and your mind. If you practice your sretching correctly it will have a calming effect on your body and on your mind – making it a perfect activity to do just before bedtime. Stretching before you go to sleep will help you to relax and help you sleep more easily.

Remember: You don’t need to be an expert yogi to stretch, everyone is at a different level and has different muscles that are a little tighter or more flexible. You don’t need to be able to turn yourself into a human pretzel or wrap your feet around your head – but maintaining full range of movement in your joints is a great way to keep flexible and mobile throughout your life. 

Ready to stretch? Try one of our gentle aerial yoga classes! 

Larry is a highly skilled physiotherapist who specialises in treating back and neck pain, postural issues and scoliosis. He is certified in Schroth and SEAS methods and through the Egoscue University. Larry has a background in elite gymnastics and springboard diving and also has many years experience in endurance running and triathlons. His specialist knowledge and techniques have seen him appointed as a gymnastics coach and physiotherapist at both the Olympics Games and Special Olympics.

His passion and driving philosophy is about achieving the best outcomes for his patients utilising an amalgam of the latest techniques and theories while recognising there may sometimes be a need for invasive procedures. Where deemed appropriate Larry will then refer to a specialist. To further his holistic understanding and approach, Larry is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Spinal Deformity and regularly attends and speaks at international conferences and courses and clinics.

Fun fact: Larry is learning how to surf - so be careful next time you go to the beach! Qualifications: B.Sc (Physiotherapy); M.Sc. (Exercise Physiology); Advanced Certificates in Schroth (BSPTS) and Egoscue (PAS) and SEAS Larry is Level II certified (advanced) in the conservative treatment of Scoliosis based on the Schroth method. The training was conducted by Dr Manuel Rigo of the Barcelona School at Scoliosis Rehab Inc in Wisconsin. He has completed his SEAS scoliosis treatment training at ISICO in Milan. Larry has also spent time working with Dr Rigo in the Barcelona clinic. Larry also has advanced certificates in shoulder treatment, posture alignment therapy and acupuncture.