About Safe Stretch

Safe Stretch is made up of an introduction, parts A, B and C, and an appendix. The introduction explains the theory and practice of stretching and the science of flexibility and all the anatomical terms used in this book are explained in the appendix.

Safe Stretch front cover

                  Safe Stretch front cover

Technique (Part A) contains two hundred active, passive and post-isometric stretching exercises. Each stretch is divided into a starting position and technique. There are stretches for every part of the body, starting at the head and working down the body to the feet and toes. Bullet points take you through the stretches step-by-step.

Anatomy, Biomechanics and Safety (Part B) contains the anatomy for the stretches – each section looks at the direction, range of movement, target tissues and safety for the techniques. The book explains how to isolate and stretch individual muscles and joints during each exercise. It  recommends how the muscles should be stretched safely, which joints  should be moved and which should not.

Tables (Part C) contains tables for different needs – sports, jobs, hobbies etc. There are routine for the office, pregnancy, older participants, players of musical instruments, running, golf, swimming, cycling, and throwing and racket sports and many more. This book contains a lot of information and is a great reference book, while avoiding unnecessary repetition.

Also in part C is the ‘Criteria to determine which muscles need to be stretched’. The stretches picked are based on the anatomy and which muscles and joints are used most.