Welcome to Stretch Zone
Here’s something we all know but few of us are actively conscious about – life takes a toll on your body. Stress, tension, and the mounting pressures of an active lifestyle cause your muscles to stiffen and your body to lose flexibility. Over time, these changes cause aches and pains to arise and even affect your posture. The solution to this problem lies in stretching and at Stretch Zone, you can receive the assisted stretches designed to improve your mobility and relieve tension.
When you come to our Longbow location, our expertly trained stretch practitioners will discuss your goals and gauge your level of flexibility before putting you through a series of dynamic stretches. Our system is designed to treat the needs of your body rather than push it to its limits.
We do this by using our proprietary equipment to disengage your muscles’ natural stretch reflex called ‘tonus’. This reflex prevents you from overstretching, but it can also keep you from getting the most beneficial movements. By taking the effort from your hands, we can help your body relax and do the stretches that can help improve your functional mobility rather than just make you more flexible.
Choose to feel better in your own body. Try a free 30-minute stretch.
- – Ease tension
- – Relieve stress
- – Improve movement
Fun Facts About Longbow
- – The area was initially settled by the Hohokam people who were responsible for building the most complex canals and irrigation systems in ancient North America
- – Longbow is part of the largest suburban city in the United States
- – The largest outdoor annual Easter Pageant in the world is held near Longbow every year
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.