The Miracle of Stretching: What if it Really is That Simple?

The Miracle of Stretching: What if it Really is That Simple?

What if it really is that simple?

This question will not leave my brain!

It is on my mind all day and keeps me up at night; I’m constantly thinking about how many people that I have worked with who have told me their stories about how stretching has improved their quality of life, lifted their spirits, and given them hope for the future simply because they feel better.

I see it in their faces and feel their energy of deep joy and incredible gratitude.

They have experienced a miracle—and it is simply stretching!

So what if it is really that simple?

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How to Take 5 to Stretch

How to Take 5 to Stretch

On our last morning in Utah, I met a man who asked me what I was working on and what I did in Nashville. I told him that I am a stretching coach and was writing a blog post for my website.

He perked up with interest and told me that he and his wife had been horseback riding for three hours the day before and he was so sore that he could barely move. He said that his wife, who is an avid yoga student, wasn’t sore at all.

“She keeps telling me that I need to be stretching at least 5 minutes every day, but I never take the time. I should have stretched before and after I rode that horse!” he said.

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Back in the Game: The Benefits of Daily Assisted Stretching

Back in the Game: The Benefits of Daily Assisted Stretching

I love Major League Baseball and can’t stand to hear about a player who has suffered injuries and placed on the Injured Reserve List. My inner Stretching Coach immediately thinks that I can help get them back in the game.

When it comes to overuse and repetitive movement night after night, tight muscles just get tighter and stress on joints gets more intense until something gives—a tear, a break, a sprain, a fracture which leaves a player, a team and fans in big trouble. It can be disastrous to an entire season.

According to this article from Forbes, over the past 15 years, injured MLB has lost $7 billion in wages due to player injuries placing them on the disabled list.

The big question in the article asks, “Why does a non-contact sport like baseball suffer from this injury plague?”

The article answers this question with many reasons, but you know what my answer would be—these players need to STRETCH!

But it’s not just professional athletes who need to be regularly stretching—we all do!

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Back in Action: 2 Upper Body Stretches Using A Chair

Back in Action: 2 Upper Body Stretches Using A Chair

I ran into one of my fitness students last week whom I haven’t seen in quite a while. 

She had been a big fan of my step class and rarely missed for several years. She told me that she hated not being in class, but her shoulder bothered her while doing arm movements in class so she was giving it a break. 

I told her to give a regular stretching routine a try to help her shoulder be “back in action” soon.

Our upper body is just as active as our lower body all day and so those muscles are just as tight. 

Learn 2 great upper body opener stretches using a chair!

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The Power of Two: 2 Partner Stretches to Open Your Hips, Glutes & Spine

The Power of Two: 2 Partner Stretches to Open Your Hips, Glutes & Spine

My family has always stretched each other out almost every night in the floor of our den. Since my boys were little, I would always stretch them out. It was a way of life for us as we all were very active.

Partner Stretching is SO beneficial because you are able to move through a range of motion with ease to open up really tight muscle tissue with assistance and not straining!  

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Office Workers, This is For You: 2 Great Assisted Stretches for Inner Arms, Chest, and Wrists

Office Workers, This is For You: 2 Great Assisted Stretches for Inner Arms, Chest, and Wrists

It takes time to get “tight”… it also takes time to get “un-tight”!

Elongating overly-contracted muscles is life changing. The benefits are truly transforming lives and some of my students even say they are “addicted.”

Ahhh… music to my ears!

Here are 2 “ah-ha” stretches for you at the wall! These stretches are really great for those of you who spend a lot of time typing on a computer all day.

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Meet Me at the Kitchen Sink: 2 Relaxing Stretches for Your Morning Routine

Meet Me at the Kitchen Sink: 2 Relaxing Stretches for Your Morning Routine

Your kitchen sink can change your life… and I don’t mean washing dishes! The height of your kitchen counter is about hip level which makes it like a barre in a studio—perfect for stretches that elongate your upper body, spine, hips, quads, hamstrings, calves, and more!

Here are 2 simple stretches you can do every morning using your kitchen sink.

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There is Power in Pausing (+ An Announcement)

There is Power in Pausing (+ An Announcement)

So not knowing how or what to write, one morning a little over a year ago, I decided to get up very early to listen more in hopes I would find clarity or that I could just make the voice stop!

I sat in my comfy chair with my coffee, notebook and pen in hand hoping that some kind of inspiration would appear. This is no joke, words to write started coming to me so fast that I could hardly keep up. I kept writing and writing, page after page. I couldn’t believe it! It was crazy, but it was the sign I needed: “I MUST WRITE A BOOK”!

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When Life Doesn't Go According to Plan

I didn't plan for this.

Life has been chaotic these past few months. In the middle of leading everyone in the benefits of Assisted Stretching at The Power to Pause Studio, my family and I have endured griefs from the illnesses and passing away of loved ones. It has me thinking of a trip I took a couple of months ago, and the lesson it taught me about life.

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Everything Counts: 3 Simple Steps to Better Choices

Everything Counts: 3 Simple Steps to Better Choices

Our bodies are like a house: they need regular work and renovation to keep it well maintained! Our bodies require thought and planning; just like a house, the details matter. Choosing the things we put into our bodies is like choosing a new light fixture for your kitchen. You can instantly see the light fixture; you can see the choices you have made to create the body you live in.

Get started renovating your body with these 3 simple steps.

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Listen to Your Body: 2 Easy Stretches You Can Do At Home

Listen to Your Body: 2 Easy Stretches You Can Do At Home

Taking time to give back to yourself and your body—time to relax, stretch, and breathe deeply—sends a positive message to the brain that all is okay! The brain tells our muscles and organ system that they can now chill & relax. It’s important to give your body a break from go go go, do, do, work, work, work of our daily lives. When we slow down, we think more clearly and our bodies function on a higher level.

Here are two of my very favorite and easy stretches you can do at home anytime.

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