The Health Benefits of Practitioner-Assisted Stretching
November 2021 Issue
by Elizabeth Skenes Millen
Meet Terri Reiff. She is a breast cancer survivor, entrepreneur and ecstatic new grandmother. She is also the owner of five Stretch Zone franchises, including the studios on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. Her ownership of these franchises arose from her own personal experience, and because of this, her businesses are her absolute passion.
“I see clients whose lives are changed every single day,” Terri said. And that’s when she told me her story. As the former owner of a large gym, Terri has always taken initiative in caring for her body through exercise and proper nutrition. She was working out with a personal trainer three times a week, and her back was killing her. She noticed at the end of each workout session, her trainer would stretch her for five minutes or so, and it was the only time she felt relief.
“The pain became unbearable, and I was scheduled for surgery. Having lived in Atlanta for years, when I went back a friend told me I needed to find a professional stretch practitioner. There was a Stretch Zone in John’s Creek, and I decided to check it out. I bought a 10-session package,” said Terri.
Stretch Zone employees are certified assisted stretch practitioners. Often, they are physical therapists or exercise physiologists. Stretch Zone services are different from stretching at home. Assisted stretching is a personalized routine performed using the Stretch Zone patented strapping system and proprietary tables to position, stabilize and isolate muscles. Flexibility by stretching like this can be a life-changing experience to help you move efficiently and effortlessly, and it was for Terri.
“After my sixth stretch session, I got off the table and started crying. My back pain was gone. I cancelled my surgery, and I had Stretch Zone to thank for it. I could not help but investigate the business opportunities of the company, because I wanted every one to heal and get rid of their pain, just like I did. That is why I am so enthusiastic about what I do. Stretch Zone changes people’s lives every day!” exclaimed Terri.
Becoming flexible again is a game changer. Thanks to assisted stretching, people can truly put bounce back into their step. Your body will experience improved flexibility, increased strength, fewer aches and pains, as well as enhanced blood circulation. There are also other health benefits, as follows:
Reduce Low Back Pain and Arthritis: With regular assisted stretching sessions, clients reduce aches and pains caused by spinal stenosis and osteoarthritis. A skilled assisted stretch practitioner will help loosen stiffness in afflicted joints, focusing on improving range of motion, flexibility and elasticity.
Reduce the Risk of Falling: Falling is a major concern for the aging, and rightfully so. One bad fall can change everything for the worse—broken bones, concussions and increased fear of mobility. Stretching helps in the “fewer falls” department, too! Here’s why: Stretching improves strength in the hip joints, and the flexibility of the quadriceps, hamstrings and lower back, and all of this improves balance and overall strength.
Improve Posture: Aging can cause the body’s ligaments and tendons in the chest and shoulders to lose their elasticity and flexibility. Poor posture can be improved by regular assisted stretching sessions with a practitioner who can loosen these tight ligaments, tendons and muscles. Before you know it, not only will you feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders, you will also be standing a little taller, too.
Increase Energy Levels: Are you ready to feel energetic again? Stretching promotes proper circulation of blood and nutrients throughout the body, even to the lower and outer extremities. This wakes up your body and gets you going.
How long has it been since you have felt this good? It’s rarely too late to reverse the effects of being stoved up. Practitioner assisted stretching is easy, gentle and safe. Simply put, Stretch Zone does all the work, you get all the benefits.
To book your free 30-minute assisted stretching session at Stretch Zone today, call the professionals at Hilton Head Island Stretch Zone at 843-715-9352 or Bluffton Stretch Zone 843-706-3259.