The Gentle Art of Stretching

by Simon Heale at Chelsea Natural Health Clinic, Fulham Rd, Sw10

Stretching is one of those words and activities that we know of, occasionally use, but don’t give it much importance.

Stretching is for anyone who experiences physical restrictions or tight and painful muscles. Stretching is for anyone who plays sport, exercises, sits at a desk all day, uses their muscles on a daily basis….everyone.

Stretching aims to:


·        Increase circulation to muscle fibres, improves mobility in and around joints and increases flexibility.

·        Lengthen and mobilise muscle fibres, thereby easing tendons.

·        Treat and prevent injuries.

Stretching is best done before any physical activity, especially if you are feeling stiff or in pain, but most importantly after the activity is over when the muscles are still warm.

Stretching can and indeed should be done during the day to ease any postural aches and stiffness, to mobilise the back and neck areas.

So whether you are a runner, gym-bunny, desk-jockey, manual worker, mum or dad, understanding how stretching can help you and knowing what stretches are available, will make a huge difference to you…guaranteed.

Follow this link to my Stretches on You Tube although aimed at runners, most if not all of them can be adapted for any muscular need.

In my treatments as a Remedial and Sports Massage Therapist I employ stretches to ease restricted, achy and stiff muscles and tendons. Included in each treatment is also the following:

  • Postural and Mobility Assessment
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Fascial Integration
  • Exercises for postural strengthening and mobility
  • Personalised Stretching Programme

Check out my stretches at

Stretching and Remedial Massage can help you

  • If you are preparing for a physical activity: run, bike, swim or hike.
  • If you sit at a desk all day and experience regular pain and stiffness.
  • If whatever you do all day: driving, studying, carrying your children, lifting things, massaging, is causing pain or stiffness.

Regular, effective stretching, combined with some Deep Tissue Bodywork will alleviate pain and stiffness, improve your flexibility, health and vitality.

For any advice or information please use the form below, contact reception on 02073523087 or book online by cliking here

Simon Heale is co-Director of Chelsea Natural Health Clinic, a Remedial and Sports Massage Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Cranio Sacral Therapist and Reiki Master.

Appointments Available Weds 2-8 and Sat 10-6

Simon Heale

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