Welcome to Stretch Zone
When you visit Stretch Zone, our trained stretch practitioners lead you through a series of dynamic stretches to increase mobility and muscle function and make daily movements more efficient. We offer a welcoming environment, knowledgeable staff and comfortable equipment, since our practitioners do all of the work for you, simply relax and enjoy the benefits!
What are you waiting for? Book your free stretch today!
The Stretch Zone Method® addresses flexibility from a neurological perspective. This is achieved by dealing with the muscle’s nervous tension (“tonus”) to reach an optimal active range of motion. The goal is not to make a person more “flexible” or “elastic,” but rather enable you to move more functionally by re-establishing a more ideal resting muscle tone. By re-educating the associated nerve-muscle reflex, the Stretch Zone Method® leads to movement becoming easier and more efficient.
Rather than creating soreness by pulling on our limbs to extremes, the Stretch Zone Method® works through the nervous system to achieve lasting gains in flexibility and range of motion. The method rests on the notion that changing and re-educating our muscle’s nervous energy is a major factor in unleashing our body’s intended function. 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 fast or too far, or is held for too long, will cause your body to resist with the stretch reflex. Once the reflex is activated, your body has effectively said “no more” and resists the stretch. Any further attempt at stretching becomes counter productive and may even cause long term damage.
Markus CuevasGeneral Manager
Markus attained his Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management and worked in finance for several years. After a sports related injury he began his rehab journey. As he worked with a Physical Therapist for the first time, he was amazed at the profession, the recovery he made, and the attentiveness of his PT. The therapy experience improved his quality of life. Thus Markus decided to move to Gainesville and go back to school in pursuit of a career in Physical Therapy. Markus attained his Physical therapist Assistant (PTA) degree at Santa Fe College in 2018. He has certificates in Movement Analysis of the functional Fitness Athlete and in Olympic Weightlifting. He enjoys working with a variety of patients including geriatric, balance, fall risk, post- surgical rehab, cancer recovery, knee, shoulder, neck and back pain. Markus, PTA, joined ReQuest Physical Therapy in January 2019. Markus combines his experience in manual therapy, hospitality management, and helping others improve their quality of life as the General Manager of Stretch Zone Gainesville. Outside of the studio, Markus has quite a few passions including anything outdoors. He also enjoys hiking, yoga, crossfit, triathlons, jogging with his dog, and traveling.
Nicholas SwartzAssistant Manager
Nicholas is a recent graduate form the University of Florida, and received his undergraduate degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology in December 2020. Born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida and moved to Gainesville in 2017 to start college at UF. Nicholas is in pursuit of becoming an integrative medicine physician, and has a particular fascination in musculoskeletal physiology as it portrays to holistic health. In his free time, Nicholas likes to volunteeer at his church, travel to South America, and train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.