We asked Ashlea Crupi (Pilates Instructor) to share with us some of the stretches she gives her Pilates clients to do, and, what are the benefits of stretching?

Stretching has so many benefits, it relieves joint pain and stiffness, reduces muscle spasm, increases energy, reduces stress, increases range of motion, elongates and lengthens muscles, decompresses joints, improves posture, and enhances athletic performance to name a few.

With Ashlea’s help we have come up with a basic stretching program that can be performed in under 10 minutes.

This is a general program and remember that stretching should not hurt.

Should you feel pain instead of a gentle stretch, or if you have any injuries please stop and consult one of our team, we may be able to offer you an alternative or a more suitable stretch for your individual needs.

Each stretch is held for between 20-30 seconds.

Never bounce, hold your breath or stretch to the point of pain.