“When there is movement happening in the body there is more liveliness in the mind and in the soul.
Stretching is often overlooked as part of daily, healthy activity, that is often left to the yogis and gym-goers. Even 10 minutes of stretching a day can provide numerous benefits physically, mentally, and emotionally.
A huge benefit that comes with stretching is increased blood flow throughout the body and brain. Lack of movement creates stagnation and having increased blood flow means there is more oxygen and vital nutrients being delivered to the cells, tissues, and organs.
Along with increased blood flow, stretching can also help to decrease stress levels and release energy blockages within the body. Stress and energy blockages in the body can be seen through clenching and tension in the head, neck, jaw, shoulders, gut, and stomach, and pelvic floor and hips. Do you notice yourself clenching your jaw or having your shoulders near your ears? Maybe you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders or the tightness in your hips? Adopting a daily stretching routine can allow energy to flow through these areas and decrease the amount of stress held in the body and may provide a much-needed emotional release.
The increased blood flow from stretching can also leave you feeling more energized with an improved mood. Creating a morning routine that includes at least 10 minutes of stretching can be just as beneficial as a morning coffee or matcha. Further benefits of stretching include reduced pain and stiffness in the muscle and joints and an increased range of motion – especially when stretching in the morning if your work requires you to sit for long periods of time.
After a long day, stretching can also help to relax the body and mind as it allows you to focus on your breath and body and not the stressors of the day. Including it as part of your nighttime routine is a great way to promote restful sleep.
Remember to keep up with your stretching routine – the more you stretch the more benefits your body and mind will receive”.
Tara Mansler is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist specializing in flexibility and nutrition. She is also a professional pole dance instructor and performer of over 10 years and a psychotherapist in training! Her goal in her practice is to make flexibility and nutrition accessible and inspiring with fun and nerdy twist. There are both internal and external factors that affect our flexibility. What you eat, your mood, your mindset, and even your levels of hydration will directly impact your training and ultimately your progress. As an instructor and nutritionist, Tara aims to help others discover how they can support their flexibility journey from the inside-out through healthier eating, reducing stress, feeling more energized and becoming a more balanced version of yourself.
You can get in touch with Tara on Instagram at @theflexibilitynutritionist or @taramansler or on her website at taramansler.com.