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Our thoughts, perspectives, and awareness affect our lives and our physical and emotional well-being. Located in West Los Angeles, Sheppard Method Pilates uses classical Pilates to transform our physical fitness, expand our capabilities, remove our perceived limitations, and heal our hearts. An approach that has changed the lives of thousands in the West Los Angeles area - and beyond, - Sheppard Method Pilates will empower you to create your own personal revolution.
Whether you’re sitting all day, running each morning on those beautiful West Los Angeles, CA trails, or undertaking regular routines throughout your day, the repetitive motions can cause stress or strain, and chronic stiffness can increase the risk of injury. Your body needs to be well balanced in order to cope with the stresses of everyday living. When you implement proper stretching techniques into your fitness program, your body will be better balanced, and will stimulate growth, targeted healing, and faster overall improvement! That’s where Pilates stretching classes come in. We at the Sheppard Method employ assisted stretching techniques that are more effective than one stretching themselves. No matter your level or age, we have tailored stretch programs to assist you in achieve your goals, and realizing results quicker.
Do I Need to Stretch?
Yes. Everyone should stretch. You probably don’t realize the many activities in your daily life that are causing repeated movement patterns or static positions and how that negatively impacts muscle performance. Watching television, sitting at your office desk, doing a daily workout, or even hunched over looking at your smartphone all force your body in awkward positions that tend to cause muscles to tighten, tire and ultimately become brittle which adds to the possibility of injury .
From tight hamstrings and hips from sitting, to the torque of your back in your weekly tennis lessons, your body is reacting and training itself for a static set of motions. The overuse, and sometimes under use adds to the aging of muscles, tendons, and cells which deplete your body of its natural flexibility in turn causing tightness and, over time, limited range of motion t.
In short, whether young or senior, athletic or sedentary, we all need to stretch, and Pilates stretching classes can help balance your body for maximum performance and comfort.
Benefits of Stretching Classes
The stretching of muscles helps your fibers to lengthen, grow, and increase the range of movement. Stretching classes help to focus on the many muscles in the body to help them become flexible and strong. Shortened, tight muscles risk tightening and damage from everyday use which risks them not being strong enough to support joints.
From our West Los Angeles, California studio, our stretching classes focus on resolving and releasing restrictions throughout the body, especially the areas that support joints. You will experience improved blood circulation, digestion, and nervous system release. Stretching increases your freedom of movement, can help facilitate rehabilitation and lessen chronic pain, and can enhance your overall energy.
What is Hands-On Stretching?
Hands-on stretching allows us to help clients stretch in ways they’re unable to on their own. Applying additional resistances helps to activate the muscle active in a way that allows for a deeper more comprehensive stretch. Making the stretch more effective with better response from the chosen muscle groups. This also gives the client the opportunity to be in a more relaxed state, further helping the effectiveness of the stretch. Hands-on stretching classes aid in the rehabilitation of various musculoskeletal conditions in areas of the joints, muscles, ligaments, and structures supporting the neck, back, arms, legs and feet. Hands-on stretching uses both passive and active stretches to achieve relief and the most benefit from stretching.
Hands-on stretching classes can also manipulate the soft tissue to help the body with myofascial release. Connective tissue, which covers all of our muscles and nerves, helps to keep us stable and flexible. Fascia is part of the connective tissue system and can tighten to create pain and, in some cases, chronic pain. Hands-on stretching helps facilitate the release of tight tissue.
Whether you’re tired of feeling stiff and sore, you are experiencing an increased number of injuries from your favorite sport, or you are simply looking for ways to expedite your fitness, consider stretching classes at West Los Angeles, CA based Sheppard Method Pilates! Contact us to learn more and get those muscles feeling better in no time.