Assisted stretching is a service provided by a practitioner to lengthen muscle tissue and increase mobility. Basic techniques like passive stretching and passive joint movement may be used, but more advanced techniques such as muscle energy techniques (MET) and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF). The goal of all these techniques being to re-educate abnormal neuromotor reflexes and facilitate normal muscle action.
Stretch sessions follow a very similar protocol to a massage therapy session. Your therapist will first do a verbal intake with you in order to adjust the stretch session to your needs. Some brief muscle testing may be done so that the therapist may receive a better understanding of your bodies holding, compensation, and pain patterns. After this your stretch session will start and will consist of the aforementioned techniques as well as others. After your session your therapist can provide you with self care tips to make the most out of your stretch session.
Assisted Stretch sessions are 30 minutes in length and can be utilized as a stand alone session or as an add-on to any existing massage session (if time allows).
No, Assisted Stretch sessions are conducted fully clothed. However, your therapist will be able to get the best results if the client wears comfortable athletic clothing.
Unfortunately if you do not attend your session wearing the appropriate athletic wear your therapist will not be able to effectively perform all stretching techniques.