Originally Posted by Emily Mattes
...if you could be specific about routines that would be great. Without structure I'll either do barely anything or go overboard and do everything and then get sick of spending hours on stretching or whatever and end up doing nothing again.)
Gotcha! Well, seeing as you're a Mattes, it is only appropriate that you learn the Mattes Method:
Active Isolated Stretching: The Mattes Method
by Aaron L. Mattes
I can email you a very short 11 stretch routine of AIS stretches you can do in less than 5 minutes that will address basic hip, shoulder and neck flexibility. Then let's address any specific areas of tightness we need to add work for. Still keep it short, but hit everything important without wasting time and effort.
Yoga's fine if you enjoy it, but it can be a big time waster. AIS is much more specific and easier to adapt to busy schedules. Yoga was created by people who obviously didn't have wristwatches and thus the time component is much looser.
Ben Fury, CFT, CMT
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