Stick Stretching

Symmetrical Movement Technique

Symmetrical Movement Technique (Stick Stretching) is an innovative, systematic, and effective approach to fitness and body awareness through warming up, stretching, and toning while using a four or six-foot stick as a partner and tool. A gentle blend of Yoga, Tai Chi and martial arts, its purpose is to learn new motor skills paying attention to posture and alignment training, as it relates to personal and mechanical efficiency. These postures engage both sides of the body in the toning and limbering process. Left and right side of upper and lower body are dynamically and statically trained through a conscious process for establishing balance and symmetry.

The intention is to enhance the health of the musculoskeletal system and organs, which increases the flow of life energy, so that we can become more at ease inside our bodies and in the world. Increased physical grace, endurance, strength, agility, grounding and balance, as well as enhanced self-esteem and self-image, are the natural results of this technique.

Symmetrical Movement exercises begin with a basic stance and move into a wide range of postures learning how to utilize a stick to maximize stretching, increase range of motion in the joints, release muscle tension, and maintain a healthy spinal alignment. Working with the stick, people become more creative as they learn how to direct it and initiate stretches tailored to their own needs. Fundamentally, this exercise system is designed to maximize joint range of motion intelligently throughout the body… while having fun in the process!