- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Australia) (Sept. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743200691
- ISBN-13: 978-0743200691
- Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.6 x 1.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,512,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Stretching & Flexibility Paperback – 1 Sep 2000
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i cant remember where i read a rave review of this book, but i decided i had to have it. and after receiving the book and reading the introduction i realized i wouldnt be disappointed. firstly because Kit is a complete geek - it seems all he ever thinks about is stretching. Secondly, he's been really inflexible before as well so he understands what it's like.
I've been doing the exercises now for two months (every second day or so), and i've made basic flexibility gains that i never thought possible. the great thing is that the exercises are graduated, and there is a real emphasis on safety - which is great as i always have a tendency to injure myself when taking up new exercises.
the one side effect i didnt expect was the calmness that these exercises have brought. i feel much more dynamic and effective at work, and able to focus for much longer periods of time. i am generally much more in tune with how my body is feeling, and if there is any stress/tension, i just stretch it out.
I highly recommend it!
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I also enjoy the elaborate thinking that has gone into each stretch that allows the participant to isolate the muscle and keep the proper form. Once one learns the stretches, they are very quick to set up, but in the beginning all the extra instructions are essential in ensuring that the stretch is not defeated by an unwanted compensation or misalignment elsewhere in the body. Just going to a yoga class or Pilates mat class will not provide the benefit these stretches do because the postures are too uncontrolled and the typical western stiff body doesn't really achieve the 'guts' of the pose. This book however, is truly a remedial approach that expects the participant to have a very limited range of motion to begin with. Just to read the material, the techniques do not sound impressive, but when one actually does the stretches, the genius is revealed.
After a good session, the blissful feeling lasts for hours. I have made great progress in just three months. Though the author only touches on this briefly, a prominent effect that many readers may not be anticipating is an increased calm and poise that enters one life. By resetting muscle through resetting muscle length, the arousal and defensive parts of the nervous system become themselves more flexible and less reactive. A partner is not essential, but an enhancement, perhaps emotionally as well as mechanically. I notice also that the author has generously placed many demonstration videos on youtube.