To get super flexible, one must do three things.
Relaxing muscles without many reflexes.
Reflex in our body's automatic response to some stimulus. The stretch reflex that contracts our muscles in response to stretching is not voluntary (it just happens). And also, blinking in response to fast movement near our face is a reflex that protects our eyes. The human organism plays many such reflexes that make our life easier by responding to various standard situations.
The reflexes form a natural arrangement where some may override others because they have more divisions. Relax into Stretch teaches you how to inhibit the stretch reflex with other higher up in the food chain.
Bosting our nervous system to a new level of safety.
The first step has taken us halfway. Once our muscles are relaxed, the stretch reflex will think the muscle is longer, but it hasn't ripped in half! One has to make sure that progress is slow and pay constant attention to a safety judgment in stretching to keep the nervous system relaxed and happy. If one felt unsafe in some doubtful position, then muscles will refuse to relax.
Building strength in the stretched position will also go a long way towards confidently releasing muscles into a super stretch.
There are two ways to create a new habit:
- Extensive learning at a stretch refers to holding the final stretched out position for as long as one can stand it. Repetition will reset the standard of length.
- The intensive method calls for concise but intense stimulation with powerful techniques that involve severe muscular contraction.
To get results, both extensive and intensive methods are employed. Once you built all three scenarios, then full splits are yours.