When you stretch you're not just stretching muscles alone. Muscles cannot be separated from the fascial tissue. By getting into a comfortable stretching position and without using force, the fascia, which surrounds and infuses muscles will go through a transition phase to where it becomes fluid. This allows more mobility in the muscles. In order for this to happen, a position must be held for 5 minutes. Around 120 seconds, you may feel a softening, allowing you to extend a little further into the stretch. While waiting to get to the next barrier, you can get deeper releases. Try holding, without force for 3-5 minutes. 5 minutes is needed to receive optimal benefits of myofascial stretching. Try this and see if your movement feels freer and easier!
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