posted on Dec, 8 2009 @ 07:44 AM
I will usually hold a position (unless it becomes painful) for at least two minutes and often longer, during which time I sorta of push the stretch a
Never bob or make quick motions when you stretch -- you can easily damage ligaments/muscles. If you're doing leg/hamstring stretches, you can hold
a towel or belt/rope etc. looped around your instep to help pull yourself closer.
Back in grade/high school, we were told to sit on the floor with one leg hooked backward and the other extended. Maybe this is fine for the young,
but I personally believe such a stretch is potentially dangerous.
If you're elevating a leg for a groin stretch, try to lift your leg slowly, rather than "kick" it onto a surface. That way, you know that you can
handle the stretch.
For myself, a long, slow stretch does a lot of good, and once I got into the habit of doing it every morning, it's now a welcome routine that I miss
if I'm unable to do it. Learning how to do some Tai Chi motions (I learned from a videotape) got me into the mode. Tai Chi in general seems like
gentle stretching in motion. good stuff.