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Brandon LaVack

What is Kinstretch?

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Before we discuss exactly what Kinstretch is, let’s quickly go over that what it is not:

- Kinstretch isn’t Yoga.

- Kinstretch isn’t Pilates.

- Kinstretch isn’t Zumba.

 

While Kinstretch may have different aspects that you recognize as appearing similar to other methods and modalities, it’s vastly different in the approach it takes and calculated assessments to better determine a lot of information.

 

Kinstretch is a movement enhancement system that develops maximum body control, flexibility, and USABLE ranges of motion.  It is designed to be a group class that creates better articular health, mobility and movement needed for the demands of life, sport, exercise, running, hobbies and just about anything else you could think of.

 

Kinstretch is much more than stretching. Not only does it open up new ranges of motion for your joints, but it teaches your body how to control the new ranges. This is key. Rather than being an alternative to other forms of exercise, mobility, or flexibility programs, Kinstretch is a system that prepares you for all these other things. So if you want to strength train, run, do yoga, etc. then Kinstretch will help ensure that your joints can handle the movements and exercises involved in these activities. It will also help maintain and improve joint function for overall well-being and longevity.

 

In a more condensed format, here are multiple reasons why taking Kinstretch will beneficial for you no matter what you want to do.

 

- Create joint independence before interdependence.  If your hip doesn’t work like a hip; it’s not a hip.  You need to relearn how to move that join like it was made.  Take the time to work on using your joints like joints.

 

- If you can’t actively get to a position or range of motion without any load, you shouldn’t load that tissue.  If load>capacity, you are at an increased risk for a potential injury.  Therefore, we need to improve our bodies capacity to bear load.

 

- Force is the language of cells – to best improve the quality of your tissues you have to impose a certain demand on them to adapt.  Everything in your life applies stress to your body.  The stress can be either good or bad, our body will adapt accordingly.  If something becomes receptive and prevents you from moving well, your body will recognize that and lay down the tissue cells needed.

 

- Flexibility and mobility are NOT the same thing.  Flexibility involves passively getting to an end range of motion, which can potentially be dangerous.  Mobility is controlling your body through a range of motion.

 

- Unless you have some soft tissue haphazardly laid down, your nervous system dictates your movement.  This means that it will put the brakes on your range of motion for one of two reasons.

o   1. Doesn’t trust you due to a lack of strength or stability

o   2. You haven’t been in that position in a long time.

 

- Our connective tissue (fascia, muscle, tendons, ligaments, bones, etc…) are made up of the same material, just expressed slightly differently.  When we move, we never truly isolate one area, rather the conglomeration of tissue being stressed in that line of movement.  This means that by moving our body through ranges of motion, we not only strengthen joints and muscles, but also bones, tendons, ligaments, etc…  We are better preparing our bodies for loads and positions that we may not have expected.  If our body is prepared to handle those loads, we’ll avoid injury.


I can't wait to be able to bring Kinstretch to this BAC.  It's going to be an incredible experience.  Let me know if you have any questions, blavack@beverlyathletic.com

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Brandon LaVack

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