FAQs: Assisted Stretching
Assisted Stretching is quickly becoming a popular choice for those who want to feel better and move better. TrainMovePlay's professional, experienced practitioners answer your most Frequently Asked Questions about Assisted Stretching.
Are you interested in Assisted Stretching for yourself, or as a gift for someone else? Follow the button below to our Contact form where you can request a free consultation and more information.
What is Assisted Stretching?
Assisted Stretching is a fast growing option for those who want to feel and move better. An educated, experienced practitioner manipulates your limbs, head, neck, and torso; gently pulling, twisting, and guiding you into a sequence of positions that release tight muscles, mobilize joints, massage connective tissue, and stimulate your body's recovery and regenerating systems.
Read more about how we, at TrainMovePlay, approach Assisted Stretching below and find answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions.
In Assisted Stretching, we release tight muscles, mobilize joints, massage connective tissue, and stimulate your body's recovery and regenerating systems.
FAQs: Assisted Stretching
Who is Assisted Stretching for?
Assisted Stretching is for anyone, at any age from young people to seniors, and at any fitness level from sedentary to athlete. Assisted Stretching can be a great tool if you...
have low back pain.
are recovering from surgery or injury.
want to prevent injury while working or playing.
are pregnant in your second or third trimester.
are an athlete looking to improve performance.
are going after your next PR.
experience muscle tightness and soreness from long periods of sitting or sedentary lifestyle.
want to gain or maintain mobility.
want to stay active or are working toward a more active lifestyle.
want to feel good and move well.
also practice yoga or pilates, or receive regular Thai bodywork or massage.
Does Assisted Stretching hurt?
No. We do not strap you down, push you past your limits, or work from a, "no pain, no gain," mentality. Ever. After an Assisted Stretching session with TMP, you will feel refreshed, mobile, capable, warm, and better in tune with your own body.
Our practitioners are professionals in the fitness and bodywork industry, with advanced degrees in related fields, and many years of experience working with many different bodies. First, we talk thoroughly about your history, current abilities and limitations, your concerns and goals, your level of experience and your comfort with movement, and stretching in particular.
Then, we continue the conversation throughout the stretching session, constantly checking in to make sure you are having a positive experience. You may feel that you are out of your comfort zone - that is a good thing! But we never want you to feel pain or have trouble moving during or after a session.
What are the benefits of Assisted Stretching?
You will experience some of the benefits of an Assisted Stretching session right away and others will take hold later, or after several sessions, depending on your reasons for being here. Each session is tailored to you, so the benefits vary from person to person.
Benefits of Assisted Stretching include
better breathing and breath control
greater range of motion in your joints
reduction in every-day creaks and cracks
decreased pain, especially in your low back and neck
lower risk of injury in performance and workouts
accelerated recovery after performance and workouts
reduced DOMS (Delayed onset muscle soreness, or "second day burn")
reduced muscular imbalances and tightness
greater motivation and commitment to your training/workout program
How does Assisted Stretching work?
Your practitioner, after listening to your history and goals, designs a stretching program that combines different types of stretches, including, Passive-Dynamic stretches, Passive-Static stretches, and Active-Static stretches. Your program also addresses different muscle groups throughout your body. By combing different types of stretches, throughout your body, you receive a range of benefits, like reducing soreness while also increasing flexibility.
Read our article, Flexibility: Defined, for more information about different types of stretching.
How long is an Assisted Stretching session?
Each session is 30 minutes long.
How much does an Assisted Stretching session cost?
The cost of a session is typically $55, due at booking. TrainMovePlay also offers packages and discounts for Personal Training and Small Group Fitness clients:
1 session, $55
2 sessions, $105
3+ sessions, $150
Personal Training and Small Group Fitness members, $50 per session.
How often should I come?
We would love to see all of our clients for a good stretch every week, ideally; especially for those whose goal is flexibility, and for those who are not engaging in other stretching techniques, like yoga or Thai Bodywork.
Depending on your fitness goals, your budget, and your time, another schedule may be more appropriate. Use the Contact form on our homepage to tell us about your goals and we will set up a complimentary consultation to guide you in scheduling.
How do I schedule a session? What happens if I have to reschedule?
To schedule a stretching session, use the Contact form on our homepage, text (859) 608-9113, or email TrainMovePlay@gmail.com and we will let you know what days and times are available. Most appointments are taken Mon - Fri between 9 am - 2:30 pm. Other times may be available on request.
Life happens! And some times appointments need to be canceled. We ask that you contact us by texting (859) 608-9113 by 6 pm the evening BEFORE your appointment if you must cancel.
For appointments canceled after 6 pm on the evening before a scheduled appointment, we will refund your booking payment, minus a $25 late cancel fee. For no show-no call cancelations, TMP will retain the entire cost of the session.
We do our best to schedule a make-up session asap after a canceled session, so that you don't lose any ground.
Is Assisted Stretching the same as Yoga? Massage? Thai Bodywork?
The short answer is, No. Some of the most distinct differences are outlined in our article, Compare Assisted Stretching, Yoga, and Thai Bodywork.
What should I do before, during and after my Assisted Stretching session?
Before you come
Talk to your practitioner about your goals, injuries or recent surgeries or tender places in your body, and anything in your history that might affect your session, for example, if you have recently given birth.
Eat a light meal before you come. Make sure your belly is neither totally empty (so that you don't become light-headed or hangrey!) nor totally full.
Drink plenty of water before coming and also use the restroom before your session begins, since a full bladder can be uncomfortable in some stretches.
Dress in comfortable, breathable clothes, like you might wear to a yoga class, Thai bodywork session, or other exercise class.
During your session
Your practitioner will provide a brief assessment, then go over the plan for the session and get your consent for everything that is planned.
You will lie on a table or on a floor pad, and take a few moments to breathe and relax.
Your practitioner will put you through a series of stretches, checking in with you the whole time. Your job is to stay aware, but relaxed and let your practitioner guide you. You should speak up if anything feels painful or stressful.
At the end of your session, you should take another moment to check in with your self - moving gently, breathing deeply, and listening to your body from the inside.
After your session
Book your next session, if you have not already.
Drink LOTS of water to help to flush your system of any toxins that have been released and continue the recovery and regeneration work you started.
Tell your friends about your great session and insist they also try it out!
What do I bring with me to an Assisted Stretching session?
Bring your water bottle.
Dress in comfortable, breathable clothes, like you might wear to a yoga class, thai bodywork session, or other exercise class. You will remain completely clothed, but will be lying down and moving around a lot, so please be sure your clothes will stay in place.
Bring any questions, concerns, or goals to discuss before we start.
Can I buy someone else an Assisted Stretching session as a gift?
We hope this answers your questions about Assisted Stretching and sparks your curiosity and confidence. Ready to get started? Contact us at TrainMovePlayPT@gmail.com and let's chat or complete the Contact Form to request a call back or email from us.