Posture and Flexibility
Posture and Flexibility Stretch class (Sherwood/Graceville)
Tuesdays 6.30 - 8.00 pm.
Posture and Flexibility (also called Stretch Therapy) is a stretch programme that aims to increase suppleness, tone the muscles, and relax the body. Posture and Flexibility includes exercises for strength, flexibility, and mindfulness. It helps to maintain a healthy and responsive body that is able to flourish in a natural way; it also aims to increase the awareness of body sense and body alignment, and to reduce stress and refresh the spirit.
the Posture and Flexibility Stretch class, after an initial period of
focussing and warm-up, we work round the body, stretching and
strengthening each part, with emphasis on the flexiblity and core
strength needed to preserve and enhance the musculo-skeletal
health of the body, and in particular of the spine.
The class will end with a progressive
relaxation. During the class, there is an
emphasis on correct form, which not only
helps to ensure safety, but enhances body awareness and
maximises mindfulness. These
skills are valuable for maximising physical and psychological health.
Posture and Flexibility (Stretch Therapy) is a system of training devised by Kit
Laughlin originally at the Australian National University, Canberra (see www.stretchtherapy.net).
Classes run on Tuesdays from 6.30 - 8.00 pm, in the Church Hall of St. Matthews Anglican Church, Sherwood (corner of Sherwood Rd and Oxley Rd; 481 Oxley Rd) (see map). There is ample parking at the site. The hall is the second building (brick) on the left as you enter the car park. Please note that there is a double white line on Oxley Rd outside the carpark entrance: therefore it is not possible to enter from Oxley Rd if you are heading away from the City - you can only enter if heading towards the City. It may be necessary to go round the block (go via Sherwood Rd, then Primrose St, left turn into Quarry Rd, left turn in to Oxley Rd: see map). Classes run througout the year, generally including school holidays (except summer holidays). Occasional classes may be cancelled at other times (as will be announced at the top of the main page - check page for details).
What to bring: mat (e.g. yoga mat), plus thick folded blanket for extra support, water bottle. Optional: depending on flexibility, you may like to bring a fabric loop (or instead use a folded towel) to reach your leg in leg stretches. I have a few small loops available for $5 each.
What to wear: anything that you are comfortable in that lets you move freely. Footwear: stretch classes are best taken barefoot. However, this can get cold in winter. If you want to use socks, I suggest "Toesox" grip socks. These socks have the best grip for the foot with individual toes, and have rubber grips all over the bottom surface (including the toes), giving very good grip even on slippery floors. See www.toesox.com for the original supplier.Return to main page.
(Last image - me and Manu at the 2013 International Contortion Convention in Germany)