Routine stretching is essential to maintaining mobility through the years, but most people don’t know which areas need the most attention until pain and stiffness kick in. Targeting specific problem areas can increase range of motion, improve posture, reduce pain and stiffness or prevent it altogether. Now, there is new technology that pinpoints those areas that need attention before they become a noticeable issue.
The MAPS machine measures the body’s quality of movement and provides instant results that allow professional flexologists to target any pain or tightness. MAPS stands for mobility, activation, posture and symmetry. The machine illustrates how stretching affects each person positively. “We love our MAPS machine,” says Ashley Gondi, owner of StretchLab in Greenville. “You not only feel the difference, but now you can see the difference.”
Using 3D sensor technology, the MAPS machine provides results for the entire body, showing everything from arthritis to hip flexors to general tightness. All it takes to get the results is three simple squats with the help of a flexologist. It is 100% safe, using only infrared lights and sensors, and the results can be instantly sent through email. The most improvement is usually shown after about one month of routine stretching.
“We walk you through it,” says Gondi. “It’s basically taking a picture of your whole body. It’s pretty impressive.” At StretchLab, use of the MAPS machine is free with any stretch session. Professionally trained flexologists can then work on any problem areas to improve balance, posture, recovery time and mobility.