What is Flex Exercise?
Flex is a class dedicated to improving flexibility in the muscles and range of movement in the joints. It uses a range of techniques to do this, and draws on the latest research into flexibility and improving mobility.
In a Flex class you can expect to practice a wide range of stretching techniques, including dynamic stretching, facilitated stretching and static stretching. These all work in slightly different ways to safely encourage your nervous system to relax and allow contracted muscles to release and lengthen.
Flex instructors will give clear, precise instructions to ensure you build your flexibility gradually and naturally without causing injury. They will help you to remind mindful in your movements, developing greater body awareness and presence as you do.
Flex is ideal for anyone who knows that they wish to improve their flexibility, and simply wants a specialist class where they do exactly that. Some people come to Flex because their lifestyles are sedentary and over time their muscles have become habitually tightened. They want to release the the restrictions in their bodies. Others come because they do a lot of vigorous exercise, which tends to leave their muscles in a contracted state and they want to stretch them out and counteract the shortening effects of their strength building or aerobic exercise. Flex classes are perfect either way.
What are the benefits of Flex?
The key benefits of Flex are, of course, improved flexibility and greater range of movement. Flexibility is needed to ensure we can perform all of our everyday activities with ease. The classes are carefully structured and delivered to ensure they promote:
- Joint stability
- Joint mobility
- General well-being.
If you are an athlete or participate in any kind of sport or physical activity, Flex classes can improve your athletic performance. This can happen because improving flexibility:
- Balances the tension across the joints, which minimises stress on them, maximising the strength of their movements.
- Improves posture and alignment, making it easier to exercise with the correct form.
- Keeps the muscles pliable, reducing the risk of injury to the tendons.
- Releases tension created in the muscles through training.
If you do strength training, the increased mobility that you gain through Flex will allow you to perform exercises in a fuller range of motion, allowing you to work the whole length of the muscle and develop more strength. People often find that increasing their flexibility also improves their balance and coordination, giving additional benefits for fitness training.
Often if you have been injured in any way, muscles will contract to try to protect the injury, and may remain in that contracted state long after the injury has healed. Flex classes will guide you to gently and safely bring movement back to the area, encouraging the muscles to release over time. They also reduces the risk of future injury by allowing your body to return to healthier movement patterns.
On a mental health and wellbeing level, stretching is known to promote relaxation. Reducing stress and tension in the body helps you to feel calmer and more zen. Flex classes will leave you feeling both physically and mentally restored and blissed out.