Stretching Routine s
can be adapted and tweaked for any sport or activity. One thing most athletes do not take into consideration when training is that without flexible muscles (muscles that work in their full range) strength will be diminished. For a muscle to be strong and for a joint to have the proper range of motion the muscles that move that joint must be flexible and must be able to work in their full range. Take for example the hip joint. If an athlete’s hamstrings are tight (shortened) and his quadriceps are weak (from being elongated) then the ROM from his hip joints will be compromised. Or in the upper body you can have huge biceps and still have weak arm strength in certain ranges because the ROM of the biceps is limited and the triceps are more than likely weakend by being in an elongated position.
I used to think that just lifting weights and building muscle was all that was needed to be strong; that was until I discovered Makko ho or what is commonly referred to as meridian stretching. The meridian stretching routine is comprised on 6 stretches that correspond with the 12 energy meridians in the body. Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine’s 24 hour cycle of chi these stretches can open up the energy meridians and allow your chi to flow more evenly through out the day and they are great exercises for flexibility .
The Makko ho stretching routine energizes and balance the body energy so that you can accomplish more throughout the day. My new book Body Energy – Unlock The Secrets Of The Chinese Energy Body Clock guides you through the Makko ho stretching routine also known as Japanese meridian stretching. Performing one of these stretches every two hours or all six stretches early in the morning and again late at night will keep your muscle flexible and your energy meridians open to help you stay healthy.
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