Marjorie Brook Stretching – Why Does Stretching Work? – Isolated Stretching
In this discussion, Eric Chessen invites stretching expert Marjorie Brook to explain how stretching can help multiply the results of strength training. His questions, and her answers, range from why does stretching works, to its importance and how to weave it into an already full training program.
“The main thing is it’s going to show you what’s pulling and what’s functioning. We could be bringing a leg out in abduction and all of a sudden the opposite QL is hurting. Why does one QL have anything to do with abduction on the opposite side? That’s because you’ve been compensating and obliviously using it.
“The other thing is the main thing when you use it therapeutically, and it’s going to also probably change your point of view. A lot of people think their hamstrings are always tight, and they’re stretching the hamstrings.
“The hamstrings may be tight because they’re there as a support system. The problem may be elsewhere and the hamstrings have tightened to help aid in the stability of the body. Just blindly stretching because you’re tight somewhere without paying attention to the whole body can be dangerous.” ~Marjorie Brook
• Training and Stretching (1:10)
• Stretching and Fasciae (8:15)
• Misguided Methods (12:10)
• History of Stretching (15:00)
• Isolated Stretching (17:50)
• ROM and Compensations (21:50)
• The Emotional Element (26:14)
• Enhancing Strength (31:20)
• Active Recovery (33:40)
• Longevity (42:55)
Eric Chessen began working with autistic kids as a camp counselor. After that introduction, he combined his background in fitness, his graduate schooling in psychology and his training in Applied Behavior Analysis to develop a successful fitness program for children with autism. For more about Eric, his book Autism Fitness or his fitness program for the autistic population, visit him at autismfitness.com.
Marjorie Brook is a practicing massage therapist who also teaches the Scar Tissue Release and Integrated Therapies Method (STRAIT) to other clinicians. She’s certified in Active Isolated Stretching, Myofascial Release and other therapies, and is a certified personal trainer. For more from Marjorie, visit her at marjoriebrookseminars.com.