Smart people have been telling you to eat right, drink water, and of course, exercise. Somewhere along the way, someone should have told you to stretch. Yet through all of the fitness trends, Jorden Gold came up with a way to bring stretch to the mainstream. Fifteen years later – stretch is on the heels of a movement, and we’re excited to be the catalyst.
How it Works
Consider how a car seatbelt works. If pulled too quickly, the belt locks. If the belt is forced, you are just stretching the material itself, and that’s where injury happens. When a car seatbelt is pulled smoothly and controlled, the belt will fully extend. It’s the same with your body’s stretch reflex.
While traditional stretching methods attempt to make you more “flexible,” we work to adjust the stretch reflex. This way, trying out the Stretch Zone Method® gradually increases your active range of motion.
Utilizing our patented equipment, our Stretch Zone practitioners follow specific methods and protocols to properly position, stabilize, isolate, and manipulate muscles using powerful principles of neuromuscular behavior.
How We Help
Stretch. Work. Play. Repeat.
Feel Lighter & Younger
Thanks to the modern sedentary lifestyle, starting in your 30s, most people start losing flexibility at an average rate of 1% a year. Strains and micro-stresses on your muscles compounded over time can glue them together. This “glue,” or scar tissue, tightens the surrounding tissue and restrains how you’re able to move. Over time, the snowballing loss of flexibility ages you.
Stretch Zone’s isolation of individual muscles within a muscle group breaks up the glue, unwrapping the strangle hold on your posture and valuable energy. Proper stretching slows down the aging process. You can even feel younger by improving posture, circulation, and pain-free full range of motion.
Relieve Stiffness & Soreness
Due to sedentary lifestyles and overworked, stressed muscles, people develop resting muscle residual tension, or “tonus.” When you flex a muscle, you create excessive tonus in the muscle.
A certain amount of resting muscle tonus is necessary to keep form and posture. But when you have excessive resting tonus, it becomes harder to move.
Many people walk around with stiff muscles every hour of the day, and it’s not from the gym. Working with an experienced practitioner at one of our Stretch Zone locations, you can reestablish a more ideal resting muscle tone, relieving stiffness and soreness.
Enhance Athletic Performance
Discover and Enhance Physical Abilities. Assisted stretching shouldn’t only be applied as a warmup or cool down exercise. You can unlock greater physical ability as an athlete when you reach optimum functional flexibility.
Greater Reaction Time. A flexible system is an open system, awakening natural and instinctual movements that require less thought and faster reaction time. You can develop an enhanced sensory awareness of your surroundings.
Spatial Awareness. Athletes who are introduced to practitioner-assisted stretching learn their bodies limitations. That allows you to better assess the state of your muscles and injuries. Spatial awareness also provides a sense of control and confidence, ultimately determining peak performance.
When flexibility training is done properly, and the integrity of connective tissue and muscle is maintained, you can increase your active range of motion. You’ll be able to execute movement without excessive tension and decrease resistance in extended muscles. This way, the Stretch Zone Method® serves as a safeguard against injury.
Increase & Maintain Range of Motion
Stretch Zone is not in the business of making people more flexible. Well, not by the traditional definition of flexibility. We’re in the business of reeducating the nerve-muscle reflex, allowing you to move easier.
Our goal isn’t making you more “flexible” or “elastic,” but to increase your active range of motion so that you can move further before you even feel a stretch. Stretch Zone works through the nervous system to achieve lasting flexibility gains.
Enhance Physical & Athletic Skills
Stretch Zone has enjoyed helping many pro-athletes reach their athletic best – in the NFL, NBA, MLB, & ATP. This includes sports celebrities from the U.S. Open Champion, the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, and even the IBF Light Heavyweight Champion of the world.
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How much does Stretch Zone cost?
Session prices range depending on the package purchased. Packages are available that fit most budgets.
What differentiates the Stretch Zone Method® from other modalities?
Naturally, the Stretch Zone Method® has similarities to other modalities, but it has many differences as well. Like Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), Facial Stretch Therapy™ and others, the Stretch Zone Method®, rests on the premise that the limiting factor to achieving full range of motion is not the length or elasticity of muscles but the nervous control of their tension via the stretch reflex.
Only Stretch Zone has (patented) Equipment to most maximize the benefits of stretch.
Yes, AIS, PNF & Facial Stretch Therapy are effective forms of table stretching.
Each works with the nervous system in different ways to achieve optimal flexibility. They all have merit, yet are all limited by their own fundamentalism. Stretch Zone has its methods but is not fanatic about adhering to a specific modality or methodology. The Stretch Zone Method® is not a one size fits all methodology. The only thing that Stretch Zone is dogmatic about is the proper positioning, stabilization, isolation and stretching the muscles in a purposeful order and doing so with some regards to the stretch reflex. Ergo, the Stretch Zone Method® is not just complimentary to, but enhances the effectiveness of many other modalities.
Another big difference is that the educators of most modalities teach their brands of stretching as a tool for therapists and/or trainers to use to enhance or compliment their trade.
What makes the Stretch Zone most unique is that it’s the only complete proprietary system of methods, protocols, educational workshops, retail applications, staffing, and hardware that includes the innovative Stretch Zone Table and Stretch Zone Conversion kit. Stretch Zone is creating a new vertical in the health/wellness/fitness industries focusing on stretching. Stretch Zone provides services through corporate wellness programs, retail locations, and an extensive educational program.
Is the Stretch Zone Method® Active or Passive?
The Stretch Zone Method® is neither and it is both. You see it depends on the circumstances. For instance, is the stretch before an athletic activity then active? After a marathon it is passive. Many factors such as: Is the muscle in a tonic protective contraction to prevent an injury; is it a muscle in a shorten position from repetitive overuse syndrome; Are you working with a person with a neuromuscular condition (Parkinson’s, M.S. cerebral palsy, etc.) Is the person servilely de-conditioned, or elderly all determine whether the stretch is passive or active.
How long does the Stretch Zone Method® hold the stretch for?
With regards to tempo, Stretch Zone prescribes to a 2-second hold in some cases 6-8 seconds or longer in others. Research indicates that 2-second holds can work well with weak phasic muscles, but tight tonic postural muscles (i.e. erector spinae) need at least 6-8 seconds to fully respond. We believe that tempo is contingent upon other factors as well, such as… is the stretch before or after an athletic activity. Is it in the morning or evening? Is the stretch for stress reduction, performance or rehab?
Does Stretch Zone utilize any special equipment?
Another difference is that Stretch Zone takes the positioning and stabilization of clients to a whole new level. The Patented Stretch Zone Stabilization System was built to conveniently convert any standard table (stationary or portable) into a practitioner-assisted stretching table and is easily added to or removed in under a minute. The adjustable belts, pads and straps allow for the speedy extension of muscles further than the central nervous system would normally permit making an imprint on neuromuscular system.
Is there any science behind what Stretch Zone offers?
Stretch Zone adheres to the practical application of Wolff’s and Sherington’s Laws, the stretch reflex, reciprocal inhibition and some lesser known but extremely powerful principles of neuromuscular behavior.
Think of a car seatbelt. If you pull too quickly it locks. If you continue to force it, you‟re just stretching the material itself—that‟s what it means to micro-strain a muscle, But if you were to pull your car seatbelt nice and smoothly and in control, it will come out much farther.
Rather than pulling on our limbs to the point of soreness, Stretch Zone works through the nervous system to achieve lasting flexibility gains. The method rests on the notion that manipulating our muscle‟s nervous energy is a major key to unlocking our body‟s functional flexibility. This nervous energy, known as the stretch reflex, is our body‟s automatic defense against the dangers of over-stretching. Any movement that goes too far or too fast or is held for too long, past that current active range of motion, your body will resist with the stretch reflex. Once the reflex kicks in, your body has effectively said “no more” and resists the stretch. Any further attempt at stretching becomes futile straining.
Current research shows that if we can avoid the ‘stretch reflex’, our muscles can lengthen by 160 percent. (wang et al 1991)
When your body is stabilized correctly, it doesn’t have fear. It can relax and allow the full stretch to occur. Stretch practitioners are taught to position, stabilize, isolate and manipulate muscles in order to work with that nervous tension. The great benefit of practitioner assisted stretching is the ability to control and alter the timing of and even overcome the stretch reflex.
What are the health benefits working with Stretch Zone?
There are many benefits from working with the muscle tonus (muscle‟s nervous tension) in a scientific way:
The benefits of the Stretch Zone Method® include:
Correcting compensational shifts and muscle imbalances
Increase and maintain range of motion
Enhance physical and athletic skills
Improved Sleeping Patterns
Increase muscle relaxation
Relieve stiffness and soreness
Feel lighter & younger
Reduction in Stress
Can Stretch Zone improve my game?
The Stretch Zone has enjoyed helping many pro athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, & ATP to achieve their peak athletic performance. Among the many sports celebrities who have “entered the Stretch Zone” are a U.S. Open Champion, a NFL’s Most Valuable Player, and an IBF Lightweight World Champion.
The Stretch Zone system has been successfully adopted by several professional NBA and NFL teams.
The Stretch Zone Method® (SZM) can assist the athlete and coach with all three phases of conditioning: The General Training Phase, the Preparatory/Competitive Phase and the Recovery Phase. The Stretch Zone Method’s ® practitioner-assisted stretching has the ability to accelerate recovery from workouts or competition, increase work capacity and enhance physical performance. Athletes will develop greater body awareness, greater fluid movement patterns, and will be able to generate more power through a symmetrical use of muscle groups that are not affected by habitual compensatory muscle shift. With a balanced system, the athlete will reach their true maximum potential. Armed with a systematic approach to training, the SZM® is best able to help an athlete be fully prepared for competition, as well to recover both mentally and physically afterwards. Athletes who are introduced to the SZM® learn to better sense their body condition, resulting in a greater understanding of the state of their muscles and helping to prevent and limit injuries. This awareness aids in developing a greater sense of control and confidence, ultimately affecting peak performance.
Who is the Stretch Zone really targeted for?
Stretch Zone is for anyone wanting an active lifestyle: One that allows you to strengthen your performance in every area: from perfecting that swing on the golf course to reaching down to tie a shoe lace. Whether you are repetitive walking, climbing stairs, or sitting long hours at the desk, getting stretched is important.
Stretch Zone “re-educates the muscles,” which often result in baby boomers living a more active lifestyle. Whether you are repetitive walking, climbing stairs, and sitting long hours at the desk, getting stretched is important.
Will stretching make me taller?
Yes, proper stretching can help you grow and/or appear 1-2 inches taller by:
Expanding the cartilage between your bones.
Correcting muscle imbalances can improve your posture and effectively add 1-2 inches
Will I be sore after stretching?
Not as long as you don‟t compromise the integrity of the muscle, fascia and other connective tissue, there should be no soreness. However sometimes there are adhesions that are making muscles to be “glued” together inhibiting your full range of motion. The precise isolating and stretching of these muscles can cause these adhesions to break-up resulting in a minor soreness similar to that felt after lifting weights.
This is different from over-stretching where you have stretched the muscle beyond what is normal and caused damage to the fibers. Stretch Zone improves your range of motion without compromising the integrity your joints or muscles.
I have a Hip Replacement, can I get stretched?
Hip replacement traditional posterior approach
No adduction (crossing the affected leg past the midline of the body) for 3 months, and limited adduction for another 3 months after that.
No internal rotation for 3 months, and limited internal rotation for another 3 months after that.
No flexion past 90 degrees for 6 months, and limited flexion past 90 degrees for another 6 months after that.
Hip replacement anterior approach
The conservative cautions are opposite to those for the posterior approach:
Limited abduction (separating legs at wide angle) for 6 months.
Limited external rotation (turning thighs out) for 6 months.
Limited extension (stretching backward) of the hip joint for one year.
Who does the stretching with Stretch Zone?
Most Stretch Zone practitioners begin as massage therapists, sports physiologists, personal trainers, physical therapists or chiropractors and seek additional training through the Stretch Zone Institute’s thorough certification training program. Using the proprietary Stretch Zone Stabilization System, they are taught to position, stabilize, isolate and manipulate muscles in a purposeful order while working with that nervous energy through hands-on training. Once certified, practitioners are also required to earn continuing education credits every two years. Practitioners perform the Stretch Zone Method® in spas, fitness centers, physical therapy offices, chiropractic and massage offices, privately at home and the workplace.
Does Stretch Zone partner with local gyms, health practitioner offices and more?
Stretch Zone has a growing network of locations and practitioners across the United States, including 30 locations in South Florida, six in New York City including Bliss Spas, the PGA Resort & Spa in Palm Beach County as well as new practitioners and sites debuting in Washington D.C., North Carolina, New Jersey, Up-state New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and more opening weekly.
The company has newly formed partnerships with the St. Louis Rams and with Educating Hands School of Massage, one of the country‟s top massage schools. Stretch Zone has various business relationships including licensing and direct-to-the-public service via the Corporate Wellness Division.
I have read an article arguing against stretching being beneficial?
In short, there are too many mysteries and variables in muscle and connective tissue physiology, too many different stretching methods, and too many vague goals for it to ever be possible to categorically say that stretching does not “work.” What kind of stretching, and for what? For every answer about stretching there are ten more questions and for every safe assumption there‟s a selection of exceptions.
The origin of most of the bad press on Stretching is coming from a meta-analysis on ‘stretching and injury prevention’ called (The Impact of Stretching on Sports Injury- Risk: A Systematic Review of the Literature) where the majority of the studies were on static stretching vs. injury prevention on runners. This review is not very comprehensive in scope and with so few controls and way too many variables to be meaningful.
Some authors have cherry picked from individual parts of the mega study to justify their biases. The problem is that the „authors reviewing the study‟ start by saying that the evidence was not of sufficient strength, quality, and generalizability for their opinion to be worthy. “That further research, especially with well-conducted randomized controlled trials, is urgently needed. And ends with…”In conclusion, there is not sufficient evidence to endorse or discontinue routine pre- or post-event stretching to prevent injury among competitive or recreational athletes.”
The biggest part of the health and fitness care community widely advocates stretching as an essential part of fitness and well-being.
How does Stretch Zone compare to massage?
Massage stimulates mostly superficial muscles. Stretching can activate the deep postural muscles… For example to massage the psoas, massage therapists must dig their fingertips deep between the superficial muscles of the groin area (not very comfortable to the client). Where via stretching, the Psoas can be isolated and stretched throughout its entire length without pain or discomfort.
Stretching is more appealing to men. Men do not have the same issues getting stretched by another man as they do getting massaged by another man.
Stretching is with the clothes on and requires no draping. Can be performed in public and therefore create a buzz of interest from people walking by.
The results of proper stretching are felt and measured instantly. ( I can touch the floor for the first time in (x) years)
And before you ask…
Yoga & Pilates are not synonyms for stretching!!!
A Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility. 2. A system of exercises practiced as part of this discipline to promote control of the body and mind.
Yoga is used to prepare the body and mind for meditation and healing from everyday stress. Yoga means “to join or yoke together,” and it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience. What most people associate with Yoga practice is Hatha Yoga which incorporates physical movements and postures, plus breathing techniques. The long held “stretches” within Yoga are to get into and maintain postures. The real purpose of practicing yoga postures is to develop the strength of body and calmness of mind in order to sit in meditation for 30-60 minutes without moving. This is far from the goal of achieving functional flexibility.
Pilates (/pɪˈlɑːteɪz/; German: [piˈlaːtəs]) is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, and popular in many countries, including Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Pilates is a body conditioning routine that may help build muscle tone, balances musculature, supports correct posture, and teaches to move with ease and grace. The Pilates method seeks to develop controlled movement from a strong core and it does this using a range of apparatus to guide and train the body. Each piece of apparatus has its own repertoire of exercises and most of the exercises done on the various pieces of Pilates apparatus are resistance training since they make use of springs to provide additional resistance. Pilates Principles are: concentration, control, centering, flow or efficiency of movement, precision and breathing.
Again, where Yoga is used to prepare the body and mind for meditation and Pilates is a body conditioning routine… the Stretch Zone is about creating functional flexibility.
What Our Customers Have To Say
Toyna R. San Francisco
I had my first session with Anna yesterday and I’m so glad I decided to give it a try! She was so professional and explained how I would benefit from my sessions very thoroughly. I felt the difference as soon as I got off the table. I look so forward to my next sessions and can’t say enough about my experience! Thank you Anna and staff!
Stretch Zone is critical for the lifestyle I want to achieve.
As a teacher, I look forward to stretching to ease the tension from the day. Love this place!