Stretching . A Mandatory Addition to Your Lifestyle.

In a recent media piece , the topic of discussion was to stretch or not to stretch? This has been a constant debate in recent years. Most articles only focus on static and dynamic stretching . The type of stretching that actually benefits the body is The Kika Method ®  . Your body must be in a completely relaxed state, in order to receive the benefits of stretching. Being strapped down to a table with velcro and having the potential to fall off the table , is not very relaxing.

Imagine lying on a mat and having someone gently stretch out your entire body for you. The Kika Method helps release tension from your body that has been trapped inside of your body for years. Certified coaches are trained to follow your breath pattern,  in an attempt to release this trapped tension.  The real question should be, is holding tension within your body  for years good for you? The answer would obviously be no.

 

Why The Debate?

When speaking on the topic of stretching, people only discuss its benefits on the body for performance. There are additional benefits that The Kika Method ®  can offer. Critics also emphasis that stretching does not improve sports performance before an activity . What about the benefits of stretching after an activity for recovery? In this post, you will learn that stretching, specifically, The Kika Method ® , helps the body more than the average person is aware of.

 

Stretching your brain?

Your brain will send signals from your nerves, that tell it that they are tight. When this happens, your brain then sends signals to the opposing muscle groups to resist the force, so you don’t lose your functional balance. Your brain has to work in overdrive for this, and if you are feeling the tightness, it’s not just affecting your unconscious brain, it is also occupying your conscious as well. You are then , essentially taking up space that your brain will need to focus on other tasks. If you stretched and released the tension that was trapped inside of your body,  your brain wouldn’t have to focus on perfecting imbalances. You would then have more mental space to focus on tasks that will advance your life, instead. So, having excessively tight muscles in your body stops your body and your brain from working together cohesively.

 

A Natural Drug

How many times do we search for things to make us feel better about life? Many times, the things we search for are not healthy for our lifestyles, whether it be food, sugar, alcohol, or drugs. The above help release endorphins within our bodies and give us a feeling of instant gratification.  What if we could recreate that feeling naturally? We Can!

The Kika Method helps release endorphins throughout the entire body.  How important are endorphins to your quality of life? Let’s take a look.

Endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine and cocaine.  Incorporating assisted stretching into your weekly routine will give your body time to heal from all of the stress it has endured.  You will also have a chance to experience 45 or 60 minutes of endorphin heaven. If you experience stress quite often you must also allow your body to de stress, to prevent your mind and body from breaking down.  The Kika Method is the perfect de stressing method, because we gently guide your body through the tension it’s created.

 

Recovery

Most articles on stretching discuss how you shouldn’t stretch before an activity. They never discuss about what you should do after an activity, which is recover.  During exercise or even inactivity, your muscles tighten up and shorten around your bones and nerves.  After your workout, if they stay like this, you will feel pain and discomfort the next day.  Your body shouldn’t be distressed.  It should feel relaxed and tension free.  Stretching after your workout will loosen the muscles away from the bones, elongate them, and rid the body of the tension that has been created.  When you are ready to exercise again, you will be able to start fresh, instead of starting with a body full of existing tension.

 

The Kika Method ®

While we can keep debating on the reasons we should stretch, the reasons are very clear.  How important is releasing stress in a healthy way to you? How important is using optimum brain power to you? Do you want to live with unnecessary tension within your body that’s prohibiting you from being the best version of yourself? While we keep searching for ways to address these problems, we can no longer overlook stretching as a treatment.

The Kika Method ® allows your body’s defense mechanism to set in, so after a while your body gets use to the feeling and doesn’t fight back.  Overtime your stress levels go down and your quality of life gets better.  We track your results and tell you how old you are flexibility wise.  I invite you to visit us online, to book a session in your area and for more information on our method.