Partner Assisted Stretching – Seated

Today I’m showing some PNF partner-assisted variations with Emily Dawson that I do on a regular basis with my clients.

PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) is sub-maximal counter resistance on a stretch to increase muscle length. It does this by stimulating the GTO (Golgi tendon organs) to inhibit the muscle as a window of opportunity to go further.

🔻Remember – Maximal counter resistance on end range of motion could lead to injury!

The nervous system responds very quickly and depending on the individual, sometimes one set is enough to achieve the desired result, however, others may need more time. This may be dependent on how well the body can relax and there are many different reasons for this.

Usually, PNF stretches are done very simply. However, there’s no real such thing as advanced PNF stretching. It’s just applied knowledge of counter-resistance stretching on different planes of motion and combined body movements using anatomy as a guidance 🤓

These stretches can be done anywhere and I don’t always limit myself to treating on a table but will change accordingly to the client’s needs