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About Stretch Therapy™
Stretch Therapy (ST)** is a comprehensive system that includes stretching, fascial remodelling, strengthening, neural re-patterning, and relaxation. The goals are grace and ease, and this is experienced as enhanced awareness and elegance in movement.
Applications of the ST approach span rehabilitation of specific physical problems, through development of more efficient alignment and movement patterns, all the way to improvement of elite athletic performance. Everyone will find themselves somewhere on this continuum!
We say that ST is a safe, yet extremely efficient, way to improve your flexibility, but that's only a convenient way to open the dialogue. As one starts to work with the body, new needs will be uncovered and you will find yourself pulling on one of the many strands of the ST approach. Everyone's path is unique, and our approaches reflect this reality.
ST is practised by thousands of people worldwide, and is suitable for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level.
Why choose ST?
About Kit Laughlin
Kit Laughlin developed ST over the last 25 years and he now presents workshops world-wide in these techniques. Kit is the author of the books Overcome Neck & Back Pain, Stretching & Flexibility, and Stretching & Pregnancy.
"I have no hesitation in recommending Kit and the methods he has developed to anyone who wishes to maximise their physical abilities and to aid the prevention of or recovery from injury." Full quote
Greg Chappell, MBE, Former Australian Test Cricket Captain
** Note re. terminology **
Stretch Therapy and Posture & Flexibility are the same things—when we began at the ANU over 25 years ago, the name Posture & Flexibility was bestowed upon us! The story can be found below.
In Canberra, we still use 'P&F', because this is how we are known.
The story ...
When I came back from Japan in 1984, I found my way to the ANU, because my brother was a lecturer there (in the Geography Department; he had a note on his door that read, "Hours: 09:00–15 knots"; he was a sailboard devotee) and because I was broke after all my study and I needed somewhere to stay. I rented a room in his house, and started to think about what I might do.
I opened a treatment clinic (the Shoshin Centre), and while wandering around the University, came across the 'Provisional Adult Matriculation Status' scheme. If you were over 26 and you signed up for one of the cognate units and you passed a basic numeracy and literacy test, you were retrospectively awarded University entry if you passed the unit. This is how I began.
Once I began study, I wanted to do enough exercise to keep body and soul in some sort of harmony. In Japan, I had been supporting myself by teaching Yoga and my approach to improving basic range of movement in the body and wanted to continue that in Canberra. I met the then-head of the Sports Union, René Bol, the Canadian ex-Olympian water polo player. I explained that I wanted to teach my approach to Yoga (using the contract–relax approach we still use), he said, "We already have Yoga classes." When I tried to explain the subtleties of the differences, he cut across me and asked, "What will this do for people?", I replied that it would make them more flexible, and improve their posture.
"OK, then, we'll call it Posture and Flexibility," he said, and P&F was born. I added the ampersand, just because I have always liked them!
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