With age comes wisdom, but age also brings aches and pains. It’s no secret that as people grow older, they become a step slower and lose some range of motion. However, there may be an unexpected solution to Father Time’s assault on the aging body: stretching.
While most people think of stretching as a pre-workout routine, studies have shown that routinely stretching can have health and lifestyle benefits. Effective stretching can reduce lower-back pain, joint pain, muscle pain and stiffness. It can also improve blood flow, range of motion, posture and coordination.
Ashley Gondi, the owner of StretchLab in Greenville, says, “Getting in a stretching routine allows people a higher quality of life.” And this is especially true for people who might be losing a step as they age. Guided stretching can allow seniors to continue an active lifestyle that is healthy and fulfilling.
“After our seniors get stretched, they’re not sore,” says Gondi. “They can get on the floor and play with their grandchildren without pain or stiffness.” Stretching can also improve balance, improving the performance of athletes and reducing the risk of falling among seniors.
StretchLab offers one-on-one stretching sessions with a trained flexologist and guided stretching classes at its location on Augusta Road. Participants stay fully clothed, and the routines are designed to be pain-free. Helping people of all ages in a sanitized open studio, StretchLab provides a safe and welcoming environment for the people of Greenville to discover the benefits of stretching. Age really does bring wisdom, and the wise are stretching.