Photo Credit of Stacey: Ed Zabel
Flexibility is key to working out at your highest level because it increases the range of motion in your sport or daily activity which burns more calories. Ninety-eight percent of injuries are due to a lack of flexibility.
All that is needed for a complete beginner, pro or novice athlete, yoga instructor or professional dancer is the right flexibility training program tailored to their exact needs and level. In general, tightness is caused from not keeping the body in balance by stretching correctly. Honoring the body by preparing it before any physical activities is the key!
It's sad how many injuries, unnecessary surgeries and use of pain medication could be prevented if people only knew how to properly stretch and care for themselves. Another common avoidable issue is years of frustration from feeling completely stuck and believing there is no future training in your beloved art or sport. I have worked with countless individual’s about to quit competing or performing in their sport - that are shocked and cry tears of relief after just one flexibility training session.
Read on and I will give a break-down of the key elements what the best flexibility training programs entails
Why: After years of clients and online course members trying every healing modality before they found me made little or no progress. They are no replacements for proper flexibility training
How: I am intuitively guided to tune in and know the exact stretches and sequence the mind/body have been calling out for! Read on and I’ll share more of my secrets!
Images of Stacey's actual clients in some of the courses
How To Alleviate Needless Pressure On All Athletes And Performers:
No one is to blame or at fault here especially the students they are all doing the best they can the issue is due to a lack of understanding as they have never been shown how to “get there” Never try to force it by violently bouncing or allow an instructor to harshly push you down into splits or any deep positions. this method is outdated and may cause painful injuries.
This means there must be a new paradigm for flexibility program that stretches and develops core strength to match the demands and needs for everyone!! I have devoted my life’s work to this mission.
Sometimes the biggest shortcoming of attending a yoga class or any other type of class is that one routine does not fit all! The popular tread is going to yoga or Pilates. Many of the sequences in yoga do not prepare the body to go deeper. This can lead to frustration and injuries. To completely speed up progress in yoga, dance, gymnastics, track and field, martial arts, and all sports - the solution is a comprehensive flexibility training program for your exact needs and level.
Strength training is important however, the stronger you become the tighter you become therefore, it must be balanced by regular flexibility training. Stretching should be a part of everyone’s fitness program. It is important as well to do the proper warm up and stretching to get into yoga positions with ease.
Stacey working with dancer client Ashley
How The Body Communicates With You:
It's important to know that practicing stretches in a specific order can help the body to open-up faster. For example, before you can effectively stretch the hamstrings and the line up into lower back, one must stretch the calves thoroughly first.
In all my online video courses and when I work with clients, I show stretches in this order to help prepare the body for each following stretch:
1. Upper body
2. Lower legs/Calves/Feet
6. Inner Thighs/Groin area
8. Straddle Stretches
9. Back Arch
Images of actual Stacey's clients & course member results
Releasing Extra Tight Areas:
It's best not to omit any body part because everything is connected. Stretching and strengthening the entire body will create balance and leave you feeling free and open.
Let's say your lower back is tight. It could be coming from your calves being super-tight which connects to tight hamstrings, hips, which goes into the back.
1. Use your breathing to help you stretch, people tend to hold their breath when they feel pain, so the more the stretch feels locked and uncomfortable, the more you need to breath.
2. If a certain area is tight and feels locked up- keep switching sides and go back and forth; you'll find each time you switch back you'll go a little further in the areas you feel tightest, and your body will begin to stretch more with increasing ease. If there is not another side to switch to, keep repeating the same stretch holding it for a few seconds, then come out of it and going back into it until you feel your body has let go.
3. When you are sinking down to go into the splits. (Only after being properly warmed up) To go further past a stuck position inhale through your nose and tighten then on the exhale and relax and let everything go. If done correctly you should feel the muscles release and, sink deeper into the splits to a new place you hadn't been before. That will become your body's new set point! The body remembers.
4. Also, keep visualizing seeing yourself exactly as you wish to be -- the body follows the minds influence and intentions.
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A. Reduce the risk of injury
B. Helps reduce menstrual cramps
C. Increase range of motion in every sport
D. Better posture
E. Improved love-making pleasure
F. Reduce muscle tension and soreness
G. Improved sleep
H. Anti-Aging -- keeps one active and more youthful
The Tremendous Power Of Setting Intention:
My system is not ordinary stretching. It is a waking up of untapped parts of the mind and body that have been lying dormant. You cannot separate the mind from the body. The mind gives the marching orders to the body. If you are tight and inflexible it’s in your power to turn this around! There is old programming and a collective agreement in mass consciousness to expect to decline. I produced an online video course called “Flexibility at Any Age-Where Do I Start- Here!”-I have taught this to thousands worldwide and you can see improvement in less than 90 minutes. It is a powerful anti-aging tool.
Growing Younger – The Mind / Body Connection:
An individual is never too old to increase their flexibility. In fact, that is exactly when we need flexibility training more than ever. Some people believe that age has somehow defined their ability to be flexible. When I am asked “Am too old to become flexible”, I always respond with “You are only too old if you think you are.”
My personal belief is that the mind directs the body. I have seen firsthand that when an individual believes in decline at a certain age, they prove themselves right! My professional experience has also shown me time and time again that what you believe has a tremendous impact on your personal well-being and the immediate outcome in the events of your life including your flexibility.
The Power of Thought
Sometimes the biggest shortcoming of attending a yoga class or any other type of class is that one routine does not fit all! Some of my clients come to me for flexibility training because their sport requires it. Others come because their lack of flexibility has caused them to become injured, and they are unable to participate in their favorite sport.
Posture & Head To Toe Alignment Is Everything:
Good posture is the highest starting point to well-being, alignment, being able to breath deeper brings in more oxygen which brings increased energy, improves balance and performance. It is the body language of confidence and vitality. I have designed the strap specifically to help clear shoulder, neck, and back pain, to enhance and improve how you stand, move, carry yourself and work with your specialty sports. You can also work out with it! For all levels, ages 15 years to 100 years it helps both men and women. And for women, a true bonus--it gives an instant bust lift naturally!”
What Flexibility Tools Are Really Needed:
Gone are the days of needing large heavy stretching apparatuses.
Here are the tools that I highly recommend for maximizing results:
1. A stretchy stretch strap, (I have custom designed the Stacey Stretch Strap®) The continuous loops make it easy for choosing the right amount tension to
Spot your body to a whole new place with clean alignment
2. A quiet area with some clear wall space to use as support. A chair or stepstool also provide extra support
3. Yoga blocks: Help greatly when you can’t get all the way into a position or when you want to go past a position such as over splits.
4. A soft mat the spine does not like a hard floor
Truly a game changer for these issues:
*A posture corrector: good posture is a critical starting
point because you don’t want to train with poor posture reinforcing muscle
memory patterns. I custom designed the Stacey Posture Strap to wear that
you can work out in or wear in daily life.
* Calf/ Achilles Stretcher: The calf master has cleared my Achilles pain when I run or jump. Flexibility starts at the bottom of the feet and up. This board rocks back and forth to deeply stretch and strengthen. This improved my vertical jump, balance, core strength and power. I believe in this product so much I offer it on my products page
How often should I stretch:
Just like going to dance class, yoga, or any regular classes to improve and stay fit the same goes for flexibility fitness. Being consistent will keep you in balance and make all the difference in performing at an entirely new level
The Flexibility Solution is here:
The next best thing is my pre-filmed online video courses. After purchase they don’t expire. Feel free to email me for a free consultation if you need help in choosing the best flexibility program for your exact needs! This will be a valuable gift to yourself that keeps on giving! It can end up saving you in costly trips to doctors, chiropractors, physical therapy, and unnecessary surgeries.