Stretch Therapy classes include a variety of methods to improve mobility, flexibility, balance, and postural awareness. Regular mobility training improves your general physical health and compliments your strength and cardio training by allowing you to access greater ranges of movement in all activities.
During a Stretch Therapy class you will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of stretching techniques including: static holds, dynamic movements, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), fascial work (using tools like dowels and balls), balancing, weighted mobility, and partner assisted stretching.
I often use the coaching model; where you work together with 1-2 others to correct, cue, and challenge each other. All partner activities can be modified to solo activities, and vice-versa.
Classes are 75 minutes long and the first 15 minutes is your personal time to arrive, warmup, chat with friends, ask me questions, or just relax! The final 60 minutes is comprised of highly organised stretching activity. Each weekly class plan is unique, and you’ll never do the same class twice.
All stretching activities are scalable, meaning that I can make them easier, or more challenging, depending on your ability. By participating in regular Stretch Therapy classes, you will learn about your own patterns of tension, and how to change them by reducing tightness in all the soft tissues. You will gain a deeper insight to yourself, your range of movement will increase, and you will be more relaxed. Most importantly, stretching is fun and feels fantastic! For more information on Stretch Therapy go to: www.stretchtherapy.net
When deciding if Stretch Therapy is an appropriate activity for you, please consider your individual condition including: Age, Injury History and Fitness Level. For example, you will need to be able to get up and down from the floor, move onto your hands and knees, and be comfortable with your balance. It is your choice and responsibility to determine whether or not you want to participate in any particular activity and remember that I can always give you alternatives if you decide that a certain activity does not suit you. If you have any concerns in view of your general health, medical condition(s) or other, regarding the appropriateness of undertaking an exercise program; you should seek your own medical advice and consult your Doctor before participating.
I take enrolments by the 10 week term. It is my intention to expose you to a broad variety of activities over the 10 week period, giving you the best opportunity to learn and improve. I feel that by committing to an entire course of classes, you will gain the most optimal experience of the type of exercise modalities I offer. Your enrolment is for a specific class time each week. This guarantees your place in your preferred class time and allows you to take advantage of a regular and routine exercise practice.
Your course fee of $200 is calculated to cover 10 classes. If you cannot attend a class, you are welcome to do a makeup class during the term (see the makeup policy below). Your enrolment is not refundable or transferable to another person without first consulting me and gaining my express agreement. Term fees must be paid in advance of the term start date.
If you have any concerns regarding fee payment, please contact me as soon as possible. I am very happy to discuss ways in which we can resolve fees issues.
Should you miss your regular Stretch Therapy class time, there are a number of makeup opportunities available:
1. You are welcome at any Stretch Therapy class time offered by me, unless the class is fully booked. To see if a class time is fully booked, please check the timetable for the term below, or contact me directly. Stretch Therapy makeup classes may only be taken within the term dates. Stretch Therapy makeup classes are not refundable or transferable without first consulting me and gaining my express agreement.
Summer Term 2020 Stretch Therapy Class Timetable:
Tuesday 2:45pm > 4:00pm
Tuesday 4:00pm > 5:15pm
Wednesday 6:45am > 8:00am
Wednesday 4:30pm > 5:45pm
Wednesday 5:45pm > 7:00pm
Thursday 4:00pm > 5:15pm
Thursday 6:30pm > 7:45pm
2. You are welcome at any one of the 3 Saturday morning makeup classes. If you know you’re going to be away and can’t make one of the other regular Stretch Therapy class times, please book in early. The maximum class size for makeups is 14 people. The Summer Term 2020 Saturday morning makeup schedule is:
Saturday 22 February, 9:00am > 10:00am
Saturday 14 March, 9:00am > 10:00am
Saturday 4 April, 9:00am > 10:00am
3. You are welcome at a Stretch Therapy class with my fellow ST teacher Sonja Schmid, unless the class is fully booked. Sonja’s classes are held at the O’Connor Uniting Church Hall. Please email Sonja to confirm that there is space in Sonja’s class times:
Monday 6:00pm > 7:15pm,
Monday 7:15pm > 8:30pm, and
Tuesday 6:00pm > 7:15pm.
Sonja’s email address is email@example.com
I work with individuals including children, and small groups.
My friend and colleague Ciel Materne also does private training and has experience in working with conditions including Parkinson’s Disease.
Please contact me directly if you are looking for individual strength training programs or sessions.
Spring Term 2020 Timetable
The Spring Term 2020 timetable for 4 class types: Strength and Mobility, Stretch Therapy, Stretch Therapy via ZOOM, and Training Partners, is shown below.
*DURING the current phase of COVID-19 in Canberra all in-person group classes at the Strength and Mobility venue in Bruce will reduce in size to 10 students maximum. This size limit does not apply to the Stretch Therapy via ZOOM class on Wednesday afternoons. All enrolled students are welcome to do makeups using the Stretch Therapy via ZOOM class, anytime during the term.
As the beginning of each term approaches some classes may fill, and this timetable will be updated. Please note that while the timetable is not intended to change, in unforeseen circumstances classes may be cancelled. In these circumstances I will contact all affected students with as much notice as possible.
If you are enrolled in a Strength and Mobility class or a Stretch Therapy class and you need to do a makeup, please check the timetable below to view which classes are currently full (and should be avoided for makeups), and which classes have places available in them. Classes that are full are clearly marked with RED text. If you have any doubts or concerns, please contact me in advance to find out if there is space.
If you are enrolled in a Training Partners class and you need to do a makeup, you are welcome at any of the class times shown in grey below. Training Partners refers to my own strength and mobility practice. Please see the Strength page for more information about Training Partners.