Is your body moving the way it was designed to? A sedentary lifestyle is unnatural – spending the day hunched over a computer screen or craned over a phone inevitably takes its toll and most of us have simply forgotten what it feels like to feel good.

Even those who are active have their share of issues – repetitive motions go hand in hand with muscle tension and discomfort.

As little as one StretchLAB session per week can both counteract damage and prevent potential damage, as well as helping recover from intense physical activity. An activity that is literally complimentary to everything, both fitness junkies and desk bound office workers will benefit equally – as well as everyone in between. Quite simply - stretch more to do more.

Our team of Stretchologists have undergone intense expert – designed StretchLAB training in order to deliver the best stretch in London in various different lengths to suit your schedule. Compliment your stretch with a range of other recovery tools at the StretchLAB studio, or join one of our classes for to learn some skills for yourself.

PREVENT

Stretching reduces the likelihood of injury. Stretching both warms and lengthens the muscles before starting an activity. Blood flow and oxygen to the muscles is increased, providing protection to the joints. Muscle imbalances are lessened when stretching as well, allowing the body to have better mobility and alignment to properly grasp the technique of the activity. A regular stretching routine can also help prevent future pain by strengthening your muscles and reducing your risk for muscle strain.

PERFORM

Stand taller and straighter - Stretching helps to correct any muscle imbalances in your posture, aiming to restore the muscles to their optimal length and position. In turn this all helps to align the body. Keeping your joints linear will place less stress on the spine to help better your posture.

Regular stretching can help increase your flexibility, which is crucial for your overall health. Not only can improved flexibility help you to perform everyday activities with relative ease, but it can also help delay the reduced mobility that can come with ageing.

Optimise your workouts – the increase in range of motion associated with stretching will allow you to perform your best. Stretching the hip flexors and quads will allow you to squat deeper and superpower your spinning. Stretching the upper body, like the pecs and shoulders, will allow greater mobility whether hitting the bench or the bag.

RECOVER

Alleviate sore or tight muscles with a stretch. Improved circulation increases blood flow to your muscles, which can shorten your recovery time and reduce muscle soreness (also known as delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS). Stretching can help heal an existing injuries by stretching the relevant muscles.

The benefits aren’t just physical - When you’re experiencing stress, there’s a good chance your muscles are tense. That’s because your muscles tend to tighten up in response to physical and emotional stress. Focus on areas of your body where you tend to hold your stress, such as your neck, shoulders, and upper back. Participating in a regular stretching program not only helps increase your flexibility, but it can also calm your mind. While you stretch, focus on mindfulness and meditation exercises, which give your mind a mental break.