Is the Stretch Zone Method Active or Passive?
The Stretch Zone Method is neither, and it is both – it depends on the circumstances. For instance, the stretch before an athletic activity is active, and after a marathon, it is passive. Many factors determine this, such as: Is the muscle in a tonic protective contraction to prevent an injury? Is it a muscle in a shortened 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 severely deconditioned or elderly? All of these determine whether the stretch is passive or active.