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The Ki-Hara Method of Resistance Stretching is a new and innovative form of bodywork that increases strength and flexibility while improving overall well being. During a session, the client continuously contracts their muscles while the trainer gently pushes them into a stretch. By stretching and strengthening the body dynamically in safe ranges, we keep the muscles and joints safe from injury.
The basic premise behind the Ki-Hara Method is the true definition of the word Flexibility - the ability to bend. In Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching we keep muscles strong THROUGHOUT their ranges of motion in order to build elastic muscles, thus not only allowing muscles to lengthen but to properly shorten. This allows the body to fold. The inability to fold is what causes muscle cramping or feeling jammed.
When stretched, muscles release toxins and allow for the movement of energy throughout the body. Physical flexibility helps facilitate overall flexibility and health in body and mind. A certified Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Trainer can work with you to address your specific needs.
Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching has many benefits:
- increased flexibility
- reduced risk of sports injury
- increased strength
- decrease in recovery time from sports injury
- increased muscle tone
- reduction in back pain, tight shoulders and neck
- a full body workout
- better posture
Ki: The circulating life energy that in Eastern philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things.
Hara: The vital center of the self, the focus of existence. It is located one and a half inches below the navel and one and a half inches inward toward the spine (also the body’s central axis). Energy (chi/ki/prana) is stored in the Hara where it is heated before spreading throughout the body.
Ki-Hara is the next evolution of bodywork - removing the knots that keep our Ki from circulating properly. Ki-Hara's efficiency makes it ideal for those who don't have time for many different forms of work - incorporating pain removal, flexibility training, strength training and soft tissue manipulation in each move. Be active in your recovery - Stretch Stronger.
Mashing is another component of Ki-Hara that prepares the
muscles for stretching and aids in recovery. Most assisted Ki-Hara sessions involve mashing to warm up the body or help flush toxins from the muscles. In this technique, the trainers use their feet to release myofascial tissue and improve healthy blood flow to damaged areas to allow muscles to stretch more effectively.