"WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT MY FIRST SESSION?"
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I expect at my first session?
Please arrive 10 minutes early to check in for your session. A LYMBR session is built in three stages. During the first few minutes, your therapist will assess your goals and any physical limitations. Next your therapist will guide you through a series of stretches based on your assessment. This will be the majority of your session time. To conclude the session your therapist may recommend a personalized stretching program, self-stretching technique or both. Your therapist will explain that it is not uncommon to feel sore after your stretch becausewe are engaging muscles that you may not be accustomed to using. This may last one or a few days, depending on your session. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to your therapist or a studio manager.
What should I wear to my session?
We encourage you to attend your stretching session in loose-fitting pants and shirt to allow for better, guided movement with your therapist. Effective June 11, socks are required during you session. We will have socks available for purchase should you forget. If you are coming straight from work, we can accomodate you if your clothes are easy to move in. If you wish to change prior to your session then we recommend that you arrive 15 minutes earlier to allow time to change clothing and check-in.
Are your therapists certified, what certification do they have?
Our stretch therapists are trained in the LYMBRmethod™ of Progressive Dynamic Stretching (PDS) and orthopedic modality. They must hold a high level national personal training certification, and many have a kinesiology, physiology exercise science or orthopedic background. Every therapist has over 150 hours of hands-on training before they work in the studio.
Should I stretch before or after a workout?
The type of stretching we do, Progressive Dynamic Stretching, is beneficial both before and after. Stretching before helps to prepare your muscles for your workout. It awakens muscle fibers and prepares your joints to move through their full range of motion in the most effective way. Stretching after exercise helps to release the muscular tension built up during your workout and helps to properly restore myofascial direction. This assists the healing process as you recover.
How is stretch therapy different from physical therapy?
Physical therapy assists recovery by working with the affected area directly through a variety of modalities. Stretch therapy is a kinetic chain approach utilizing active range of motion training, we are not restricted to specific body parts but we work with the entire muscular system as a whole. By working with the entire body, we may uncover something deeper that is causing your pain or your restricted movement. Our approach engages the nervous system and increases blood flow to actively assist the body’s healing process and to also re-teach the body its natural range of motion. We are a great complement to physical therapy and have great relationships with many in the field.
How is Progressive Dynamic Stretching (PDS) and Yoga different?
In Yoga, you stretch groups of muscles at the same time while our PDS-trained therapists isolate the stretches and stretch muscles individually .It is almost impossible to avoid compensation in Yoga while PDS avoids compensation through proper stabilization. Therapists use belts to hold hips firmly to the stretching table and assist with stabilizing other areas when necessary.
All stretches in PDS are active, which means a more effective and safer stretch. This happens through reciprocal inhibition: the active muscle “turns off” the muscle being stretched. Some yoga stretches are active, some are not. PDS stretches the muscles for no more than two seconds, that prevents the myotatic/stretch reflex to trigger, which might lead to injury. Instead of holding a stretch for a long time (like some Yoga modalities), repetitive, short stretches in PDS avoids muscle fatigue and enhances oxygen resupply and waste product elimination.
How can PDS improve my Yoga Practice?
Our PDS-influenced stretching increases the range of motion of individual muscles, which translates to increased flexibility in Yoga poses. Because there is a balanced approach to our stretch protocols, the result is less compensation in your Yoga poses, which leads to a safer practice. You will have better muscle stability, which is critical for proper joint function. PDS allows you to feel muscles individually, which will help to increase muscles awareness and mindfulness in the yoga practice. PDS increases strength through the WHOLE range of motion. (It is very common to be strong in the mid range of motion but weak at the end of the range.)
Why can’t I just stretch myself?
Our assistance, precision and knowledge allows you to get a deeper stretch than you could achieve on your own. Our techniques reach many hard to get muscles, and muscles you probably don’t know you have. Our approach balances joint and body segments to create symmetry so nothing is forgotten.
Our stretch therapy is based on PDS principles and 25 years of experience, mastering and teaching these techniques. We use a systematic approach that not only delivers a feeling of relief but also retrains the neuro-muscular system and brain function, resulting in maximum benefits.
Do you take insurance?
We do not accept insurance. Check with your insurance company as they may reimburse you through an HSA, FSA or any wellness coverage they may offer.