Newsletter no. 28 – Monday 17 January, 2022
This is the web-based version of Stretch Therapy Newsletter no. 28
A little cat fun to begin 😻
Free one-hour Intermediate-level class
Olivia presents an Intermediate-level class. Most of the body is worked in this session, with a focus on neck, jaw, and throat, and ankles and calves in preparation for the full squat position and a modified Cossack squat sequence. Of course, there's a hip flexor stretch, too! The class ends with lying, directed breathing.
This one hour 'live to disk' class with Liv is the closest thing to being in the room with a teacher, and no editing.
Find the link to the audio file of the class at https://supplementary-material.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Liv+Intermediate+Class+2022-MP3.mp3.
Kit's Beginner class from 3 January 2022
If, in the recent holiday period, you missed Kit's Beginner class 'The Three Necks', find it at https://stretchtherapy.net/one-hour-beginner-level-class-the-three-necks/.
A note from a student
Starter Course – Unexpected Benefits
I’m not a complete novice to stretching. I’d attended classes with Donna (Eddy) and Cherie (Seeto) years ago but felt, without supervision, I’d probably become lazy or had forgotten vital cues or form. I was right.
I really enjoyed the course; Olivia’s quiet understanding of those less flexible than her was encouraging, and Kit’s insights and capabilities were impressive.
The two keys for me were the importance of 1. relaxation (especially slow breathing and letting the belly go soft) and 2. gentle recovery poses to realign after the stretch.
Before the course, I would end a 40-minute stretch session feeling some muscular pain. Now, I end a session feeling floppy, relaxed and aware – and no pain. Over 3 months, I’ve also observed changes in ROM of pesky, resistant muscles like hamstrings, quads and hip flexors.
Tracey J. Australia