kinstretch classes with laura

Kinstretch is a movement enhancement system that develops maximum body control by improving not just flexibility, but mobility. It builds strength and tissue resilience, helps to mitigate injuries, and improves your movement capacity in a way that no other class can. 

Unlike other systems, Kinstretch was created by medical and athletic professionals to increase mobility, strength, body control, athletic performance, and better quality of life. It’s used by professional coaches and athletes from around the world including the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL— and by ordinary folks who want to improve their golf game, alleviate nagging joint pain, or just feel better overall. 

Healthy joint range of motion is the baseline for all human movement.

Over time, our modern lifestyles lead to a loss of mobility— even with regular exercise, training or yoga. When we lose the ability to move well from one joint, then some other part of your body has to pick up the slack. This means that you’re now moving in a less-than-optimal pattern, putting more wear and tear on joints that aren’t designed for that purpose. 

Through Kinstretch, we can restore ranges of motion that may have been lost over the years. Then, we use strength and neurological training to increase control over the ranges of motion we have. 

Mobility is an important factor in helping our bodies to mitigate pain. It’s also a big part of injury prevention. Being able to control our ranges of motion means that our brain better understands where our bodies are in space and how to move them safely. It increases our options for efficient movement to respond to unexpected situations. Whether you’re an athlete who wants to improve her times or a senior who’d like to play with the grandkids, mobility is crucial.

Move Better, Feel Better

Through Kinstretch, we can restore ranges of motion that may have been lost over the years. Then, we use strength and neurological training to increase control over the ranges of motion we have. The result? Your whole body is able to function more efficiently, with less chance of injury or pain. 

I have used these techniques on myself and private clients with incredible results. I can’t wait to share them with you!

FAQ

Why do we want mobility? 

Healthy joint range of motion is the baseline for all human movement. Over time, our modern lifestyles lead to a loss of mobility— even with regular exercise, training or yoga. When we lose the ability to move well from one joint, then some other part of your body has to pick up the slack. This means that you’re now moving in a less-than-optimal pattern, putting more wear and tear on joints that aren’t designed for that purpose.

Mobility is an important factor in helping our bodies to mitigate pain. It’s also a big part of injury prevention. Being able to control our ranges of motion means that our brain better understands where our bodies are in space and how to move them safely. It increases our options for efficient movement to respond to unexpected situations. Whether you’re an athlete who wants to improve her times or a senior who’d like to play with the grandkids, mobility is crucial.

I already do yoga to be flexible. Isn’t that enough?  

Practicing yoga postures or simply stretching can help you to increase your passive range of motion— what we call flexibility. Flexibility is your muscles’ ability to lengthen. Mobility is the ability of your joints to move actively through a range of motion. While flexibility (passive range of motion) is great, it’s not something that we are able to consciously control. Mobility moves beyond stretching to train your joints and your nervous system for maximum control.  The end result is more resilient joints that have freedom for improved performance while reducing the risk of injury.

Yoga is fantastic for increasing your passive range of motion, strength, and cultivating your mind-body connection in addition to its many other benefits. However, unless the teacher is specifically teaching active range of motion techniques (as I do in some of my classes), it will not increase your mobility— your usable range of motion. Because yoga tends to repeat similar shapes, there will be ranges of motion that yoga cannot address at all. That’s where additional mobility training can supplement and even enhance your yoga practice. I have personally found that my yoga practice is stronger and more pain-free since I began my own separate mobility practice.

Do I need a one-on-one assessment? 

Kinstretch is a safe and effective way to work on your whole-body range of motion. 
If you have specific limitations, challenges, or concerns, you may find that you’d benefit from a full FRA assessment and coaching session. In this session, we’ll measure and discuss your specific areas of opportunity. You’ll be given homework to practice on your own to address those needs. In the meantime, you can still participate in Kinstretch classes as well.

What if I have an injury or am recovering from one?

This system is designed to work in a pain-free way. You must be cleared by your doctor in order to begin this or any other exercise program. Nothing we do together should hurt; if movement causes pain, we will work around it to increase healthy movement or I will refer you to a medical professional.

What’s a Kinstretch class like? 

You’ll need a yoga mat, and maybe some creative props like a tennis ball, yoga blocks, or (if you’re practicing online) some available items like a table/chair, dowel or broomstick, or a little wall space. 
Classes last about 60-75 minutes. We always begin with CARS (Controlled Articular Rotations). These “joint circles” warm the body and act as a self-assessment for our ranges of motion and general energy level that day.

After completing our CARS, we’ll spend time in different positions on the mat.

Although it has “stretch” in the name, this is an active class. While we don’t do a lot of movement, you will work hard as you learn to engage your muscles in ways that you may struggle with. There may be even be cramping and sweating, and you will be amazed at how hard you can work at something that doesn’t look as though it should be difficult at all!

As with all of my classes, options are available to meet you where you are. You’ll learn how to work with your own body and neurological system at your own pace.

Some classes might focus on the hips, shoulders or spine. Because it is a group format, you may find there are some areas where you have greater range of motion and control, and others where you have more challenges. Everything that we do in class will help improve your movement capacity overall.

If you find you’d like more one-on-one coaching, you can schedule an individual assessment to help you to tailor your mobility practice to specifically address your needs.

Classes end with quiet, calm time to breathe and down-regulate.

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