What is Natural Flexibility?

The idea of not having to stretch to become flexible may sound controversial however when we address what actually causes muscles to become tight we then see that it is not only possible but also sustainable.  The traditional approach to stretching a tight muscle is to place the body in positions that will stretch the muscle.  Depending on how high your pain threshold is you try to stretch the muscle as far as you can and hold for as many seconds as possible.  Although muscles do have elastic properties they do not to respond to stretching like other elastic materials.

Muscles are not like a cotton shirt where you can stretch it and get permanent changes but are highly complex in structure and affected by many factors such as your nerves and blood flow.  When your muscles experience this pulling affect there is a neurological response because of the tiny stretch receptors found in muscles.  This neurological response is often the reason why you experience an momentary increase in flexibility.  However even though there is an affect on the nerves when we do traditional stretches it has no real permanent affect and hence the reason why many people never really benefit from stretches or experience lasting results.

The brain via the nerves sets the length of your muscles.  Therefore the natural flexibility approach is to rather release tension in the nerves instead of trying to release tension in the muscles day after day.  To become naturally flexible you need to address the factors that cause your nerves to become tense.  Over the next few weeks I will be discussing these factors and how to release tension in your nerves.

Carl will be blogging on weekly basis for thesportseagle.  You can contact Carl for more information about Life Through Movement or schedule an appointment on 076 524 3795 or email him at carlwellness@gmail.com.