3 Things to Know About Stretching

The Spinal Cord Reflex Arc In the belly of all skeletal muscles, there is something called the muscle spindle stretch receptor (MSSR). The MSSR detects the muscle’s changes in length and tension. When a muscle is lengthened and tensed (which is what happens during stretching), the MSSR sends a message to the spinal cord. The … Continue reading 3 Things to Know About Stretching

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How to Deepen Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee Forward Fold)

Janu Sirsasana is one of my favorite poses, stretching a smörgåsbord of dorsal muscles: lats, hamstrings, gastrocnemius (muscle at the back of your calf), glutes and spinal extensors -- just to name a few.   Although seemingly simple, an added level of awareness can help to deepen the stretch. Engaging your biceps and quads can … Continue reading How to Deepen Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee Forward Fold)