Stretch, Breathe & Relax

Beginning in October 2013, Wednesday evenings at Morphe will be the place to be to get your regenerative groove on.  Stretch, Breathe & Relax is the newest of our class offerings, focusing on the regeneration and rejuvenation of the mind, body, and soul by combining total-body stretching with profound breathing techniques, visualization, and deep relaxation.

Rooted in such ancient practices as Yoga, the practice of uniting breath and motion to rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit is not new.  What many don’t realize, however, is that stretching exercises often cause a slew of injuries: in fact, it is in the act of stretching that human muscles are most easily injured.  Stretching exercises must be done in a proper sequence, with the breath used as an instrument to support the intensity and variety of different movements.  This workshop will guide you through a series of physical movements that allow your entire body to stretch and release physical as well as emotional tension by using the breath in harmony with the body to achieve maximum results.

It is important to warm up and cool down the body at the beginning and end of any stretching routine.  It is also extremely important to utilize breathing techniques to allow for greater extension and increased physical flexibility.  The combination of deep breathing, visualization, and physical movement working in deliberate harmony allows for a far deeper experience of stretching, elongating muscles, promoting balance and proper posture, and releasing psychological, emotional and physical stress.

The act of stretching, done properly in conjunction with deep breathing, relieves muscle tension and pain, increases suppleness and elasticity in the joints, and promotes blood circulation to the entire body, including the internal organs. It also strengthens the core, tones the entire body, quiets the mind, and builds physical, emotional, and spiritual strength, endurance, balance and flexibility: the path to holistic rejuvenation.