Why does stretching feel Good?
Anthony J. Pitman
4157 Lucky Duck Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
It not only stretches your mind free by allowing you to concentrate on your body but also releases endorphins.
After a long stretch, the blood flow to the muscles increases. The nervous system regulates the muscles and has two main components: ‘sympathetic’ (fight or flight) and ‘parasympathetic’ (rest and digest).
Static stretching in the parasympathetic nervous system increases movement, promoting relaxation. Though during a stretch, the heart rate may increase, it appears to decrease afterward.
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