Stretching Exercises - Scroll down to bottom of page for Full MENU. Stretches are an essential part of any fitness program. If regular exercise is a part of your life, whether it be simply walking, or if you’re an elite athlete, or if you’re in your 20’s or your 60’s, we all need to stretch. It will enhance your performance and help you to enjoy a pain-free body.
There is a couple of very important things to be mindful of when doing your stretching exercises.
Firstly, remember to breathe moderately deeply. Not only does it help individual muscles to relax, it will give the body a wonderful oxygen boost. Tension in the body will also cause tension in the mind. Diaphragm Breathing is the way we breathe in Pilates, and all it means is to breathe into your abdomen, expanding it outwards. Read about our
Deep Breathing Technique here. Secondly, remember to relax. Joseph Pilates had a wonderful saying “Put your Mind in your Muscle”. For example, imagine you’re stretching your hamstrings. Check out a picture of your hamstrings (you’ll find a picture on our Hamstrings Stretch page). Have that picture in your mind and consciously “let go” on the tension there. RELAX....
Although it would be extremely beneficial to do your stretching exercises for every muscle group in your body, most of us don’t have that time. So, below, you will find specific stretches for whatever your fitness program may be. The links to each stretch are below in alphabetical order.
Cricket: Glutes, Spine, Triceps, Shoulders, Calf, Hamstrings, Psoas, Quads, Iliotibial Band Good luck with your stretching exercises and don't give up on them. Stretch after (and before if you wish) each exercise activity. One of the most important things to remember is that tight muscles will not strengthen.