Photo of leg with hand holding strap doing the strap stretch

Dramatically Improve Your Strap Stretch With a Few Simple Moves

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he Strap Stretch is a popular stretch found in Pilates studios, yoga studios, and physical therapy offices across the globe. It’s an exercise to stretch and create length down the back of the leg and it can be very effective. That said, if you practice this exercise the same way every time you do it, you might be missing out …

Do You Really Need to Do This Stretch 50 Times a Day?

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hen recommending home exercises for clients, I’m often asked, “How often should I do this?” If it’s an exercise, like a calf stretch that I know makes such a massive difference when practiced regularly, sometimes I reply with “forty or fifty times a day.” Sounds extreme, I know. But, here’s the thing, your body adapts to how you use it …

Flamingo Hamstring Stretch

The Flamingo Stretch for Chronic Sitters and Heeled-Shoe Wearers

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We’ve talked a lot about how frequent daily sitting over time shortens the muscles and soft tissue on the front of your hips and we’ve demonstrated an effective stretch to help with shortened, painful hip flexors. We’ve also talked about how the lifted heels in shoes can shorten your calves; even the smallest heel in a running shoe or men’s shoe …

The Double Calf Stretch

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Today’s video takes the recent Calf Stretch and Hamstring Assessment videos and combines them into a single ultra-effective exercise for the back line of your body. Your muscles and soft tissue respond  to the position you spend most of your time in by shortening and/or lengthening. This is one of the reasons it’s so important to move around throughout the …

If You Wear Shoes, You Need This Calf Stretch

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I’ve really been looking forward to sharing today’s exercise with you! I learned this stretch in Katy Bowman’s Restorative Exercise™ program, and it’s the most simple and effective calf stretch I’ve ever come across. First, though, you need to know why this is so important. When your lower legs (calves, shins, etc.) get too tight, they can’t align properly with your …

Turn the Fascia Cat into a Super Hamstring & Calf Stretch

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 (This is part two of a three-part series where we break the Fascia Cat Stretch down into its component parts.) In the last video we focused on spinal articulation and looked at how tight legs can block movement of the spine and pelvis. Today I’ll show you an exercise to help with leg tightness by turning the Fascia Cat exercise into …