The KINSTRETCH system is one born out of scientific research. All of the movements and training techniques have been selected based on a meticulous and rigorous investigation of evidence, conducted by physical conditioning and medical experts, as it pertains to body control, injury prevention, joint health, and physical longevity. Unlike many training systems, KINSTRETCH practice is complete with a self-assessment system allowing you the ability to monitor your own body for dysfunction that may be causing pain, loss of performance, or that may be putting you at an increased chance of injury. All certified KINSTRETCH Instructors are also certified in Functional Range Conditioning (FRC)® making them extremely knowledgeable in human movement, biomechanics, and body control development. That means that your KINSTRETCH instructor is highly trained in spotting, and correcting dysfunctions in your body as you practice.
Kinstretch is defined as a movement enhancement system that develops maximum body control, flexibility, and USABLE ranges of motion. What does that even mean, you ask? Unlike other common methods of flexibility training such as yoga where muscles are passively stretched, Kinstretch focuses on gaining control of your passive flexibility by using our muscles (rather than gravity, or straps, or assistance from other people) to attain improved mobility. This serves two purposes; a) Improve usable ranges of motion and b.) Strengthen the tissues in these new ranges.
Simply put, Kinstretch focuses on training your end range of motion with the goal of improving your movement capabilities and decreasing your risk of injury.
Why “End Range” of movement?
The human body is a highly efficient organism. Due to the copious amount of biological processes that go on within our bodies, we have learned over time to become extremely efficient. The body’s efficiency allows it to take short cuts when possible to allow it to work at full speed. This is the reason why we develop habits, which are automatic behaviors, that we don’t have to think about. It is also why our bodies tend to the path of least resistance when doing things such as skipping a workout, hitting the snooze button, or utilizing movement compensations. If you don’t USE it, you LOSE it. The synaptic pathways in the brain degrade over time if the skill is not used so that we can “make space” for tasks we habitually use in the here and now…again, efficiency.
As for movement, if the mechanoreceptors in the joint are not stimulated frequently than that joint begins to lose range of motion and control of that range. When we sit in cars and at desks all day, we commonly lose thoracic extension, shoulder flexion (arms overhead), and hip extension (which can feel like “tight hips”).