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Have you been searching for answers for your chronic pain?  Looking for ways to increase flexibility?  Do you feel stuck in your yoga, Pilates, or personal training routine?  Stretch Chi has the solution - we use a specific form of resistance flexibility training called Ki-Hara to create immediate and highly effective increases in flexibility and muscle balance.  We offer stretching classes in Chicago, stretching workshops and assisted stretching sessions at our studio in the loop.  

Owner, Carrie Collins, started started Stretch Chi because of her own physical pain after years as a professional pianist.  Tendonitis, back pain, shoulder pain and a family history of fibromyalgia lead her to build the ultimate mind-body solution - a combination of Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching, meditation and diet change.  All which lead to building the successful online course "Life Renovations."  At Stretch Chi, creating a mindfulness practice along with a highly effective method of building strength and flexibility, Ki-Hara, has lead to success in treating many clients in over 9 years.  

Stretch Chi is dedicated to the practice of the Ki-Hara Method of Resistance Stretching. I use techniques that incorporate muscle activation and muscle balancing to ensure that your body is working at its most productive state.  Ki-Hara is used to remove the layers of tension that may be covering up the true cause of pain.  Stretch Chi clients see an immediate increase in strength and flexibility, giving them a better body, better posture and better balance from the inside out.  Ki-hara helps people of all ages and abilities - from injury recovery, chronic back pain and frozen shoulder to finding a better and stronger you mind, body and spirit.


  Ki-Hara Group Class Private Ki-Hara Sessions

Introductory Offer 

$10 for 1st Class $450 for 3 sessions

Single Session

$20 $200

10 Pack

$150 $1,600
  • Valentine's day Special

    Treat yourself or your favorite person to Stretching this Valentine’s Day! Buy a package of five sessions between now and February 14th and get 1 free! Read More
  • Writing Affirmations - a journaling meditation

    Writing Affirmations: Journaling Meditation

    I began by finding the root cause of upper back pain which, according to Louise Hay, is a lack of emotional support or feeling unloved. I took the affirmation from her book, "I love and approve of myself. Life supports me and loves me" and started writing how I felt about that. I wrote everything that crossed my mind from thoughts about my messy house, to my career, to my friends, family and... Read More
  • Listen as Carrie discusses the importance of Redefining Flexibility with Andrea Rivera Maza on her Podcast "Did you Move Today?"

    Listen as Carrie discusses the importance of Redefining Flexibility with Andrea Rivera Maza on her Podcast "Did you Move Today?"

    Listen as Carrie discusses the importance of Redefining Flexibility with Andrea Rivera Maza on her Podcast "Did you Move Today?" Read More
  • Flexibility system can help ease pain

    When Carrie Collins was practicing hours on end for a piano recital, she developed pain in the muscles of her neck and upper back. Living in San Francisco at the time and looking for atypical alternatives, she decided against going to a medical doctor. Instead, she turned to Craigslist, deciding on someone who offered relief... Read More
  • Stretching it Out

    This is one of my favorite radio pieces by Jennifer Brandel. ​Jennifer Brandel: The last time I could touch my toes must have been shortly after birth. 
 If and when I try to, I end up looking more like a zombie searching for a contact lens. I have never been flexible; I have always wanted to be. And that.. is my secret shame. Read More


Two Weeks and I'm Hooked... Sue
Helping a client with Multiple Sclerosis... Estelle Harford
Who can turn down a session of Ki-Hara by Kristin who not only works on your body with much skill and knowledge, but cheers when your muscles are reactivated, balanced regained, and confidence boosted.... YC

Life Renovations

Life Renovations

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