Do your muscles feel tight? Or have mild pain that is more annoying than debilitating? Do you feel as if you are losing power and speed? How is your range of motion? Do you lose your concentration easily at critical moments? Is your timing off?
Many people mistake these symptoms as old age, fatigue, over training, injury’s, nutritional deficient, and continue to battle on.
You will be surprised to hear that just as often it can be muscles that have developed a hypertonic state. Meaning the muscle fibres are sitting too close together, in a contracted state, at rest.
Sports Kinesiology uses PNF stretching, breathing and awareness of any emotional stressors that may be being held in the muscle and combines all of these elements into a passive stretch applied by a practitioner. It is simple and very effective.
Since discovering this method of releasing muscles, I will no longer go for a massage. Hyperton-x stretching improves my performance and increases my comfort, for weeks, rather than a couple of hours.
What is it? Hyperton-x stretching, is PNF stretching, combined with kinesiology muscle testing, and uses the breath. It is specific to physical symptoms typically experienced by athletes and sports people. Kinesiology testing is described in Kinesiology what is it and assists the practitioner and patient gain a greater awareness and understanding of what could be contributing to the situation.
I often try to stay away from emotions as I have found that most athletes are not very open to accepting that these can be effecting their physical performance or prefer to be closed off. (Me included! Guilty.) (Exercise, and competition, is an opportunity to leave all the worry and stress of the real world behind for a time.) But sometimes, it is impossible to work around until an awareness has been achieved and change is discussed.
The breath is used with the contraction phase of the PNF stretching phase. This may seem strange, as it is in the reverse of what we naturally do. It is used t sends a scrambled physiological message to the brain of contraction vs relaxation, while it is bringing the muscle fibers together. Essentially registering a greater space between the fibers during contraction phase.
The History of Hyperton-x.
What can you expect during a stretching session?
You can expect the practitioner to find out what your problem is, and to do some physical assessment techniques. Most of this work can be done lying down on a massage table, but it can also be done standing, or sitting, depending on the comfort of the client and the requirement of the injury. The practitioner will go through all the muscles in relation to a joint, some of the muscle may need repeated attention, others may not need any. This is the beauty of kinesiology stress testing. There is no wasted time on muscles that do not require attention. Sometimes there may be a need to discuss the emotional situations that may be holding you back from achieving your best, but this is rare. (likely, you will be the one, who turns up and needs to down load all your emotional baggage!)
What is expected of you in a stretching session?
Stretching is stretching, so your muscles will be taken to their limit. With this, there should be only’ that’ feeling. If you feel that the muscle is being taken beyond its limit, then you must speak up. Tearing the muscle is not going to help it get more length. Likewise, if you feel there is more length in the muscle you must also give instructions of this. Although it is rare for me to delve into emotions, it is equally common for spontaneous release of emotions, resulting in crying! (go figure). Whether you are male or female, this is often worrisome to the patient, because there appears to be no reason for the tears! (I put this down to the fact that us sporty types tend to be less externally emotional, but often more passionate than others. We hold things close to our heart and use sports as an outlet to frustrations, disappointments, sadness and anger.) No matter how uncomfortable you may feel, let the tears flow. There is no need for explanation. You can talk it through, or not, it is completely up to you. It has to be seen as a good thing, since we are always trying to hold it all together, and be the strong one, sometimes the release valve needs to be opened, and what a great way to do it!
Once a stretching session if done, there is usually no need to return, until you work yourself into a state of tension again. All athletes need maintenance, but that will be left up to you to decide when.