I remember when I first heard to the terms “Stretching” as the name of a process of exercising our bodies. I was living in Switzerland, and was attending a class being offered at the World Health Organization attended by about 20 other people.
I loved that little class, and was drawn to attend weekly, and was totally surprised at how well I felt after doing the stretching exercises daily. In fact, it has led me to spend more time in my daily live when realized that I was having a lot of pain and discomfort, and when I stretched first thing in the morning, I felt so much better, and actually started to feel taller, realizing that I was pulling my body up out of my pelvis and elongating my spine.
I’ve since done a lot of stretching in many ways to deal with particularly lower back pain, following several falls on my back in recent years, and I knew that I’d not damaged anything, but I certainly had a lot of stiffness when I got up in the morning, and I didn’t want to start taking pain medication, so I pushed myself into my little gym and spend 5 to 10 minutes on the floor, stretching my back and my legs, and as I felt stronger and could feel my muscles increasing, I resisted less, and explored a bit more the theme of gentle stretching to create more energy, strength, and high level wellness.
I’ll be back next Friday, both here and on video to share more of the story of my wellness.