Honestly, when Stretch Zone reached out to me, I pictured someone helping me do a quad stretch--and I wasn't exactly sure how it would be helpful. I was very wrong about that.
First of all, I met with Amy Farahay, who has an EXTENSIVE yoga teaching and training experience, so I was immediately comfortable because I know she knows how the body can and should move. Amy told me that everyone who works at Stretch Zone has to have similar experience, and also goes through training specifically for Stretch Zone. I was also happy to see that Amy would be doing all of the stretches for me--I was literally strapped to a table.
From their website: "Stretch Zone practitioners work with the stretch reflex and some lesser known but extremely powerful principles of neuromuscular behavior. Utilizing our patented equipment, our stretch practitioners follow specific methods and protocols to properly position, stabilize, isolate and manipulate muscles in a scientific way. When your body is correctly stabilized, fear is reduced. Your body is better able to relax and allow for the full stretch. The great benefit of Stretch Zone’s practitioner assisted stretching is the ability to control and alter the timing of and even overcome the stretch reflex."
Before we even started, Amy asked what my exercise routine was like and what parts of my body caused me the most pain. For me, I always have pain on my entire left side--from by IT bands/hamstrings to my left shoulder. So, for this session, she really focused on my lower half.
I was also expecting the stretches to hurt, but that was not the case. Stretch Zone uses a 3, 5, 7, scale and they talk you through each stretch so they know your limits and where you're feeling it the most. She only held each stretch for about 5 seconds before moving it a little bit. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to notice a difference afterwards, but when I got off the table it was like I had just been to an hour long deep yoga stretch class.
Stretch Zone's goal is to make you move better and with less pain. They aren't trying to make you more bendy or flexible. They really listen to what you need and how you feel. After your first stretch a specific stretch program is written just for you. They offer a ton of different packages to choose from, or you can just drop in. Your first stretch is always free. Stretch Zone has locations in Grandview and in Powell. Learn more on their website - https://www.stretchzone.com/about/.
Ryan and Kelly of Sweat Local Columbus