“I feel so good after I stretch,” my clients have told me over the years. “But I just don’t stop and do it. I wish I stretched more.”
If this sounds like you, or if you don’t love stretching, this blog might help you build your stretching habit. Stretching is the next best thing to taking a nap.
Heed Nature’s Call
As a toddler, you were trained to heed natures’ calls – those inner sensations of a hungry tummy, an active bladder, or the need for sleep. Answer Mother Nature’s call to stretch. Picture your body like a puppy sitting by the door with a leash in its mouth just hoping you’ll get the message. Like the puppy, your body wants some relief, to get out of the stuffy house (your tight body and thinking) and play. If you find yourself thinking, “I should stop and stretch,” then do so. You will empower your next moment. Here’s why.
Reclaim your Power
Stretching, like any exercise consciously performed, returns the locus of power from other back to self. You stop reacting – for a moment, perhaps for hours – to outside forces, be it the chair you’re sitting in, or the deadline at work, the demands of others, or the politics of the moment. You anchor yourself in the here and now – in the power of the present. Stretching is a potent act to reclaim the helm of your ship.
Sleep is deeper
at night when
you are relaxed.
You return to your self by saying “no” and by saying “yes.” You say “no” to physical, emotional, and postural stress. You say “yes” to being in the flow state of creative life force where time and tensions dissolve.
Your brain and body shift from fight or flight to the relaxation response. You become flooded with pleasurable endorphins. With each repetition, you reconnect your physical, moral and spiritual centers. Over time, you raise your self-confidence and build self-efficacy – the power to achieve an intended result. You notice greater mental resilience to recover more quickly from difficulties. You raise your fighting spirit.
Magnify your Results
Read more of the benefits below. To magnify your results imagine how each benefit feels inside you. This helps you create your stretching habit, the neural connections between actions and results that get stronger each time you stretch.