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Relax into Stretch : Instant Flexibility Through Mastering Muscle Tension

by Pavel Tsatsouline

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No nonsense "tough love" tone. Premise is to tense your muscles then release the tension, to help you relax into a stretch. I don't think I'll be able to get it right though without a professional pointing out what I'm doing wrong that could potentially be harmful to my ligaments or knees.

EDIT: I tried the stretch for the saddle split (after 15 to 30 minutes of warming up, of course), where you pretend you're kicking the walls apart with your feet, which tenses you. Then you breathe out and let your chest drop closer to the floor. I couldn't believe it but this was the farthest I've gotten in my stretch. I don't know if I was already capable of this before (the book says that you are), but by putting a bit of faith in his theory, I was able to stretch as I never have before. Will have to go over this book one more time.

For anyone interested in the videos he has his own YouTube channel:
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuU4E2LhHDw
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB02UYaQ0rE
Paer 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaljiH52D4g ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
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Features: Own an illustrated guide to the thirty-six most effective techniques for super-flexibility; How the secret of mastering your emotions can add immediate inches to your stretch; How to wait out your tension the surprising key to greater mobility and a better stretch; How to fool your reflexes into giving you all the stretch you want; Why contract-relax stretching is 267% more effective than conventional relaxed stretching; How to breathe your way to greater flexibility; Using the Russian technique of Forced Relaxation as your ultimate stretching weapon; How to stretch when injured faster, safer ways to heal; Young, old, male, female learn what stretches are best for you and what stretches to avoid; Why excessive flexibility can be detrimental to athletic performance and how to determine your real flexibility needs; Plateau-busting strategies for the chronically inflexible.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:27 -0400)

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