Updated: 3rd April 2024

Easter Holidays: Only Tai Chi classes available on Tuesday evenings & Wednesday mornings.
Full timetable of classes re-start from Saturday 13th April 2024.
Beginners are always welcome. Please contact us for availability and the best class to suit you.

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Based in Totnes, South Devon our BodyStretch Classes are convenient for anyone from Plymouth, Exeter, Ivybridge, Newton Abbot and Torbay. See our Classes & Workshops page for more details.

Does your body cope with modern life?

Our BodyStretch health and well-being class has a basis in Chinese Yoga exercises and is targeted at stretching your muscles to produce a relaxed and flexible body able to take the strains of modern life.

Suitable for all ages it can change your life! -- Steve, Master Trainer

Improving long term health issues

We address and resolve existing ailments and long term tension brought on by postural misalignment or injury. Using modern and traditional techniques, this class is more akin to a physiotherapy session. We have a great success rate in improving underlying health problems and the classes are enjoyed by a wide range of people.

Our classes are based on an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology. This comes from years of studying and practicing Sports Injury, Massage and Rehabilitation. The class commences with mobilisation and warming-up by gentle Dynamic stretching exercises. Thereafter, the body is methodically taken through a series of Static Stretching exercises which are used to stretch the muscle across its whole range. We change concentration from the centre of the muscle, on to the Origin, then the Insertion points. This makes sure that the muscle is fully stretched across the whole range of movement.

To increase the "flex" (at the full extent of the movement) we hold the posture and then move further through Post Neuromuscular Function (PNF) techniques. This is achieved by a relaxed mind and body (like deep internal yoga) but with focussed direction given by the instructor.

By addressing the complete bio-mechanical chains in the body rather than one problematic muscle, we are able to release long-term problems caused by physical or emotional stress. These can be muscular or joint problems.

The body becomes much more flexible ensuring it can deal with the affects that everyday life throws at it. Quite simply, your underlying health is greatly improved and your quality of life is enhanced.

What people say...

"I don’t have the back problems I have had for years as long as I do my class” - Sam

"My arthritis is no longer noticeable. Even my Doctor had to take an X-ray to confirm I still had it!" - Carol (60+)

“I’ve grown over 1 1/2 inches” - Pippa

“It is not like other classes because they teach so much about the body - it makes it really interesting” - Phil (62)

“It really is like a physiotherapy lesson but you do a class as well” - Susan (26)

“I know my rhomboids from my triceps - that has to be worthwhile!” - Kerry (38)

“It is made fun by the amount of information you are given” - Joan (48)

“It got rid of my RSI injury in a couple of sessions” - Katrina

“I can touch my toes now. I could run marathons but not touch my toes!” - Jean (53)

“I know if I miss just one week” - Rosemary (54)

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