The Benefits of Stretching

Stretching is pivotal in maintaining good health and well-being, especially as we age. Regularly incorporating stretches into your daily routine offers a multitude of advantages for both your body and mind. These benefits range from improved blood circulation to reduced chronic pain and increased feelings of relaxation.

If you’re new to stretching or unsure how to start, our wellness experts at Release Well-Being Center are here to help! 

What is Stretching: An Overview

Stretching is, by definition, any movement that elongates your muscles, tendons, ligaments, or connective tissue. There are two main types: static stretching and dynamic stretching. Static stretching involves holding an end-range pose, while dynamic stretching involves active, controlled movements through a broader range of motion.

Pre Or Post-Workout?

We often receive questions about the best times to stretch; the answer varies based on the specific goals of your routine. If you want to warm up for a workout, we recommend incorporating dynamic stretches, as they help prevent strains or tears by increasing blood flow and warming up the muscles. On the other hand, static stretches are more sustainable after a fitness or yoga class. In addition to helping you relax and recover, having a consistent routine can enhance flexibility and prolong restorative results. 

Foam Rolling

Foam rolling is strongly encouraged at Release and our expert instructors will often guide class participants through an effective foam roll after classes. It aids muscle recovery after strenuous sessions. By triggering your parasympathetic nervous system, it facilitates muscle recovery through a process called self-myofascial release. 

“Self-myofascial release (SMR) works by acting on the pain receptors in your myofascial tissue,” said Eileen, Release Well-Being Yoga Instructor. “It has been shown to act more quickly than medication to reduce pain.” 

Eileen likes to roll before yoga practice to help improve joint mobility, as SMR foam rolling and massage are industry proven techniques we utilize at our wellness oasis.

Rest and Reset: Navigating Post-Workout Aches

Remember to rest and reset! Incorporating rest days into your regimen is vital. If you’re a workout enthusiast, substitute your fitness class with a light walk once or twice a week, and prioritize getting a sufficient amount of sleep.

The healing experiences at Release expedite recovery from movement as well. The Himalayan Salt Room has a soothing effect on your central nervous system, the Sun Sauna and Eucalyptus Steam room flush out toxins and lactic acid and the Mineral Spas hydrotherapy kneads tired muscles and directs blood flow to the spots it’s needed. 

Maintaining a nutritious diet is equally important – the food you intake influences your post-workout recovery. Following an intense workout, meals that are high in protein support muscle recovery and growth. To reduce inflammation, consider incorporating foods rich in antioxidants, such as berries and leafy greens. At our onsite cafe, we provide various nutritious options for our members, including smoothies, salads, and light snacks, to complement your fitness journey. 

Dynamic Yoga at Release

Release Westborough’s yoga offerings can elevate your daily stretching routine and complement your fitness regimen. In our yoga classes, our instructors incorporate a wide range of stretching movements and poses that target various muscle groups. This holistic approach aids in enhancing flexibility in key areas like the spine, hips, hamstrings, and shoulders.

If you’re interested in learning more, contact our team or visit our website for our services, offerings, and Release membership