Welcome to part two in this mini-series called the BEER method for Successful StretchingYes, you read correctly, the BEER method.
B ~ Breathe
E ~ Explore the first resistance
E ~ Engage the fascial line.
R ~ Repeat
For those of you just tuning in and interested in claiming higher levels of successful stretching, consider watching and reading the first blog/video on how to include the science based, human centred ‘BEER method for Successful Stretching’ in your life.
Do you ever notice when you stretch that you ‘feel’ a sense of resistance? That’s important! Pay attention to it! It’s a gateway to increasing your mobility and your level of successful stretching. It’s also a guide to avoid pain and strain.
Let’s explore the next step in the BEER method
E ~ Explore resistance
There are three stage of resistance to any stretch. They are called R1, 2 and 3.
R1 is the first resistance we feel.
R2 is where we feel a greater resistance and is generally where we tend to hang out. Our brain has convinced us that when the sensation is stronger the stretch must be better. We tend to get greedy with the sensation. But when we blow past R1 we haven’t allowed the tissues, including fascia, enough time to relax and lengthen. R2 is a good place to help increase flexibility but only if we have explored R1 first.
R3 is a very intense stretch where over-stretching, strain and pain are possible. Avoid R3.
When we explore R1 by simply hanging out there for awhile so many successful transformations occur. We have the time to use our breath to encourage our muscles and fascia to relax. Our range of motion in R1 increases therefore our mobility increases.
We can move into R2 without adverse effects.
That’s how you make gains in flexibility.
No pain. All Gain.
Explore R1. Then R2.
Let your Brilliant Brain and Beautiful Body do the Rest.