There are dozens of ways to stretch every major muscle. The only wrong way to stretch a muscle, is the one that hurts. Contrary to popular belief, stretching should not be pushed to pain, especially sharp pain. While stretching may be uncomfortable if you are tight, or you may cramp up when stretching, you should never take the pain above a 4/10 on the pain scale.
In EMA we have two ways to stretch:
- Dynamic Stretching (mobility) – this is stretching with movement, like arm circles, shoulder rolls, cat/cow.
- Static Stretching – this is holding a static (not moving) position for time. We do this at the
end of a class, in Yoga class, or when winding down at home.
Both are useful, but one helps us warm-up for class, the other helps us cool down or relax.